The Grassi Tenor is back from the sax tech. 6 new pads, straightened keys, some new cork and felts, regulated and tested.
Four rollers still stuck, which I freed last night. Maybe he wasn't checking for those?
Anyway, first blow last night with 4 MPs.... Selmer Soloist F, Windcraft Student & Etude, Grassi (original?).
The Selmer, which was the best blow on my 6 mth old Carmichael Tenor, was rubbish, but slightly better than the Etude, which was also the worst on the Carmichael - squeaks from both. Grassi was OK, Windcraft Student the easiest but I still struggled with middle and high D and a slight warble on middle G (which I know the reason for).
QUESTION: Is a newly set up vintage sax more difficult for a newcomer to Tenor (and only 6 mths on Alto) than a newly set up Chinese model ?
Just wondering which to keep. I have no problems with anything using the Carmichael and Selmer MP so I'm thinking maybe I've gone vintage too early and need to improve my technique first. Or would an experienced player find the newer sax easier too?
Keep both? Hmmm..... try telling that to the wife!