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thesaxman71

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Saxophone Christmas has arrived today for me (early) and I have just taken delivery of my new best 'toy'...

It is an original hand made Guardala 'super king' tenor mouthpiece and it arrived here at 11am and i have just stopped playing on it recently around 3:30pm, that alone speaks volumes on how i feel about it..
I have been using the laser MB2 and loved it but all i can say about the super king is WOW, it blows the MB2 away!!
it has a strong core throughout the whole range but still has the brightness of the MB2 but with more power and projection..
i am using it on my favourite 1980's YT2-62, of which I'am currently stripping it to the bare brass body, having already done the neck and the bow and bell...

link to pictures:- http://www.flickr.com/photos/99512620@N03/sets/72157634999725292/

and 3 quick demo's in the sound clips section:- http://cafesaxophone.com/showthread.php?11030-Guardala-hand-made-super-king-a-brief-demo


Ian
 
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thesaxman71

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and the latest Bling picture of my new best toy, now set as avatar, just for you Jamesmac haha

http://www.flickr.com/photos/99512620@N03/9483385531/in/set-72157634999725292

original from the 90's, almost immaculate condition, with gold unscratched plating and small scribing by DG, initials on the shank at the top and GSK on the side with the serial number 15***!

slight teeth marks in the pink bite plate but nothing serious and now it has a patch on it.

This mouthpiece is a gem..

yes i paid a lot of money but to me it is seriously worth it sound wise, ergonomically and just overall playability, and the fact it will only increase in value is a bonus!
 
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Ian, I'm glad it works well for you. That's a serious amount of money to spend and find out it's a lemon. Doubt I'll ever be paying that sort of money. But for me it's a hobby, not a living. Guess the Sewedish taxman is going to be subsidising this.
 

thesaxman71

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Ian, I'm glad it works well for you. That's a serious amount of money to spend and find out it's a lemon. Doubt I'll ever be paying that sort of money. But for me it's a hobby, not a living. Guess the Sewedish taxman is going to be subsidising this.
Thanks Kev, and as it is my living i regard it as a tool of the job and also as an investment...
1 thing tho...... tax? what the hell is that? ;}
 
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Fraser Jarvis

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When you say an "original hand made Guardala" are you saying that its one of those ones from e-bay that are priced around 2 grand?
 

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Hi Ian
Congrats on you new toy,im glad its working for you especially how much they cost,i have had a few high end pieces that haven't worked for me but luckily for me i have managed to move them on without losing any money.
 

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When you say an "original hand made Guardala" are you saying that its one of those ones from e-bay that are priced around 2 grand?
indeed it is, but i didn't get it from ebay.

full description and pictures above
 
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thesaxman71

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Hi Ian
Congrats on you new toy,im glad its working for you especially how much they cost,i have had a few high end pieces that haven't worked for me but luckily for me i have managed to move them on without losing any money.
that is the great thing about high end pieces, they keep their value well, glad you did not lose out.
 

thesaxman71

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Which just goes to show how much you professionals actually make! all you need now is a fibracell reed and that baby will really sing!
not a chance, awful on tenor not bad on alto, for me...
i have recorded on the BOTM using the new mouthpiece and a proper reed lol if you are interested and want to hear it, i love it, such a full sound and still bright. bigger sound than my MB2, much bigger. I recorded this morning, finished around an hour or so ago...
 
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that is the great thing about high end pieces, they keep their value well, glad you did not lose out.

Yes agree, like its easier to sell a 15.000 Pound Mercedes than a 400 Pound Ford Capri
 
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Nice one Ian, got me thinking about that WWBW King I had off Davey, never really played it much but just been messing about with it and found it ok I guess, bit louder and brighter than my Sakshama MB11 but still prefer the MB11, mind you the Sakshama is noticeably better than the WWBW one I swapped with Davey, having said that though it isn't as stable or user friendly as the WWBW, just tonally better..nicer?
 

thesaxman71

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Nice one Ian, got me thinking about that WWBW King I had off Davey, never really played it much but just been messing about with it and found it ok I guess, bit louder and brighter than my Sakshama MB11 but still prefer the MB11, mind you the Sakshama is noticeably better than the WWBW one I swapped with Davey, having said that though it isn't as stable or user friendly as the WWBW, just tonally better..nicer?
not 100% on the king but if it is anything like my super king then you gotta get blowing on it.
 

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What would be good if Ian did a passaround on his new mouthpiece>:)

Can i be first?
 

thesaxman71

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What would be good if Ian did a passaround on his new mouthpiece>:)

Can i be first?
yeah why not, great idea, will ship it in the morning....

(alarm clock sound) ding ding ding

Aaaaaaaaarrgh, just had a nightmare about losing my mouthpiece!!!:shocked:


:))):))):)))
 

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Hey thesaxman71, you sound really great with this combination Guardala 'super king'-YTS 62 purple logo. I love my purple logo too, I bought it here in the forum some years ago. You said you´re stripping it to the bare brass body, I´m interested in this question because mine has the laquer in not the best conditions. How are you doing it ? reading your post I suposse you are doing it yourself and without removing all the mechanics and pads, as you said only have done the neck, bow and bell. Do you feel any difference in the sound or is only a cosmetic issue? I´d like a lot to watch better how your horn looks, in your flickr I could see the neck but not the bell and bow, do you have more pics? Thanks in advance.
 

thesaxman71

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Hey thesaxman71, you sound really great with this combination Guardala 'super king'-YTS 62 purple logo. I love my purple logo too, I bought it here in the forum some years ago. You said you´re stripping it to the bare brass body, I´m interested in this question because mine has the laquer in not the best conditions. How are you doing it ? reading your post I suposse you are doing it yourself and without removing all the mechanics and pads, as you said only have done the neck, bow and bell. Do you feel any difference in the sound or is only a cosmetic issue? I´d like a lot to watch better how your horn looks, in your flickr I could see the neck but not the bell and bow, do you have more pics? Thanks in advance.
hi,
First of all thanks for the compliment, 2nd, I stripped the sax slowly starting from bell and used a light grade of sand paper and rubbed by hand, once i did the bell and bow i cleaned them parts then put the mechanics back on, after that i took off the right hand keys and done the right hand tone holes etc and repeated the cleaning and stripping process in small sections at a time til it was all done, i did not strip the keys of lacquer, they are still gold. As for sound i noticed a difference even tho some say it doesn't make a difference, for me it did, bigger sounding, but maybe i had just corrected something when putting the sax back together tho. Here is a link to some pictures, fully done.
http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?200952-I-Just-customised-my-purple-logo-62
 

Jamesmac

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hi,
First of all thanks for the compliment, 2nd, I stripped the sax slowly starting from bell and used a light grade of sand paper and rubbed by hand, once i did the bell and bow i cleaned them parts then put the mechanics back on, after that i took off the right hand keys and done the right hand tone holes etc and repeated the cleaning and stripping process in small sections at a time til it was all done, i did not strip the keys of lacquer, they are still gold. As for sound i noticed a difference even tho some say it doesn't make a difference, for me it did, bigger sounding, but maybe i had just corrected something when putting the sax back together tho. Here is a link to some pictures, fully done.
http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?200952-I-Just-customised-my-purple-logo-62

To get a finer finish, I use Silvo... No not Berlusconi.;} But a wadded silver. Comes in a tin.
 

thesaxman71

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To get a finer finish, I use Silvo... No not Berlusconi.;} But a wadded silver. Comes in a tin.
i looked for that but sadly nothing like that here in Norway, so it was plain old fine sand/glass paper and elbow grease, bugga.
 

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