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Saxophones Hanson ST5 Tenor sax

gazzasax

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Now then, this is where I want to pick the brains of the cafe members for the first time.

Shortly I will be purchasing a new tenor sax. Hanson was recommended to me eons ago by a good friend and i trust his opinion on saxes.

I want to get a general idea of how they are as horns by those who have played them, compared them or own them.

Now I have a budget of 600 quid. No more, no less. As I don't currently teach or gig the sax I can't warrant any more than that (sadly, but in the end reality must prevail over Selmer, Yani and Keilworth fantasies).

It looks outwardly like a solid deal with the 5 years servicing and guarantee etc. I know the origins of parts and things are dubious but I've spent the last 6 years playing a beat up old Armstrong alto from my old man so anything fares as a step up in my humble eyes really.
 

Pyrografix

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I've payed as ST8 which is their 'pro' range - it was very nice. But (and I'm not on commission here) if I had £600 I would opt for the BW TSPD for sale in the Yard Sale here (ok,its £25 over your budget), as its at least on a par with the ST8........

Good luck with your purchase!

Cheers,

Amanda
 

gazzasax

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Yeah I saw that and I was tempted, but chance is by the time I have the cash (selling a bike to pay for it) it will have gone anyway. And it doesn't have the warranty and servicing malarky.

Is there much of difference between the ST8's and the ST5's?
 

Pyrografix

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Is there much of difference between the ST8's and the ST5's?

I'm not sure as have only played the ST8 which I had on trial. But Hanson's isn't that far from you, so worth a trip over to try out a few saxes. They're very helpful, and don't always charge the list price for their instruments;}
 

Andrew Sanders

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Hi Gazzasax,
Just bought a Hanson ST8 (delivered today). Alistair at Hanson has been selling ex demo saxes on ebay. Why not give him a ring he may have a ST5 on offer.
And welcome to the Cafe, (I'll say it here and save a stamp)

Have a look at Paul Warner's Bauhaus Walstein in the Yard sale. That's well worth a punt.
 
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Targa

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I've had an ST8 for a few years and had no problems with it, if that's any help.
 

gazzasax

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I've had an ST8 for a few years and had no problems with it, if that's any help.

How does it play, sound, feel etc?

There's a good chance I'll head over to see them before making the final plunge but I'm too busy to give over a day to go shopping without bringing something back at the moment. *Sigh*
 

GaryF

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How does it play, sound, feel etc?

There's a good chance I'll head over to see them before making the final plunge but I'm too busy to give over a day to go shopping without bringing something back at the moment. *Sigh*
Did you buy one in the end? I am considering an ST but can’t decide in a 5 or 8
 

GaryF

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ST8’s out of stock :-(

didn’t know they were built in Germany. Is that standard/better than built in UK?
 

Pete Effamy

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Good horns can come out of almost anywhere now. If the reviews are good - and there seem to be loads - I don’t see the problem. Aren’t Keilwerth German? Not sure if all in-house though.
 

sax panther

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don't discount the LX. I ended up buying an ST8 when I was up at Hansons, but also tried LXs when I was there and they were really good too.
 
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