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"This new neck by P. Mauriat is a very special neck. When I played it for the first time I immediately knew it was something very special. The first thing I noticed was that it looks different. The neck sits higher when attached to the horn. It has less curvature than most necks I have played, but feels very comfortable and natural to me. The sound is outstanding and very strong. A free-blowing sound which feels very expressive. It has so much character and in many ways it is very difficult to describe. It is something that every player must try for themselves. I played this new neck on the 66r rolled tone hole Tenor Sax and the sound was huge! Very open with lots of depth to the sound. It felt like it was an extension of my personality. The more I played it the more I liked it. It also sounded great on my 500BX Tenor. It was a great blend between dark and bright and felt so great to play across the whole register of the horn. It had lush lows, smooth mids, even-sounding highs and a very nice altissimo range too. Kudos for another great product from P. Mauriat. It was disheartening to have to give the test model back – I can’t wait until the final product is released so I can add one of these necks to my current setup!

by Darren Rahn/ Artist, saxophonist"

I wonder if this is the 'Silver' neck Pete tried and thought was amazing? Pete........?

Wonder how much it's gonna cost (me :w00t:)
 
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Hi, Yes this is the latest offering from mauriat, apparently they have been searching for a name for it.I spoke to Andy Brush who was with Alex and Pete and he has confirmed that it was a prototype of this model that Pete tried.I have a Le Bravo neck in stock looks very similar i will try it out on my 66R 2mrw.
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Wonder what royalty rate Darren Rahn is on? Excuse me being a cynic but aren't saxophones somewhat like expensive Hi-Fi's, more and more for less and less and generally something that you would never distinguish in a blind test..

May be a great product but what was wrong with the stuff the old boys used to play Getz Lloyd Coltrane Parker ..
 
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Wonder what royalty rate Darren Rahn is on? Excuse me being a cynic but aren't saxophones somewhat like expensive Hi-Fi's, more and more for less and less and generally something that you would never distinguish in a blind test..

May be a great product but what was wrong with the stuff the old boys used to play Getz Lloyd Coltrane Parker ..
I think you are right in this respect, the higher 'end' you go the less 'extra' you get BUT, you can't deny that there are tweaks that can be made that in my experience sometimes have significant effect. In HI FI for example, cleaning up the 'mains' on a cheapo HI FI system has next to no effect but doing so on higher end kit does make a big difference. Changes in power supply, speaker cables, interconnects - even upgrading internal components - can make a big difference.

Can I tell the difference to the degree that I could say, ah yes... that is a Linn Sondek with an Ittok IV arm, Lingo power supply ....... NO!

But I might well hear and maybe feel a difference comparing my 66RUL with and without the new neck - or maybe not. Of course, if it sound better to me - then surely that what matters and of course that's subjective a lot of the time. It's certainly possible to identify better/greater projection in a blind test and differences in mouthpieces. Hey we've all tried that!

If this neck is £500 I don't care how great it sounds though!
 

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This is the way of the world now,we are spoilt as player's compared to the older player's but i remember seeing in a book that Coltrane had a bag full of mouthpiece's,so he was allways looking for that something more.More toy's more fun i say but cost has to be right also.
 

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Having said all that I have been debating getting my Linn Sondek out again and upgrading my RB300 arm with the Origin Live mods...

There will always be someone who 'needs' the latest toys!
 

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OK, this is my side of the story. When I tried the 66RUL I mentioned to Andy Brush and Alex Hsieh (owner of P.Mauriat), that the sound was great, but did not have the response and clear altissimo of the Nickel Silver (60ns). It was I think Alex (but may have been Andy) who then handed me this silver neck to try so I assumed it was a stock 60ns neck, and posted that both here and on SOTW.

I now realise that it must have been the prototype Magnum, if that's what Andy says, then I believe it as he was there and he should know. It was just my assumption at the time that it was nickel silver.

Whether it is the same as the Le Bravo is not clear.

It's right Darren Rahn is an endorser so you must take that into account when you read that review. The ad/review doesn't actually say whether it is solid sterling or nickel silver, and to be honest I don't remember examining the one I tried at Frankfurt very closely.
 
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Having said all that I have been debating getting my Linn Sondek out again and upgrading my RB300 arm with the Origin Live mods...

There will always be someone who 'needs' the latest toys!
Yeh, I run a Pro-Ject RPM 4 and keep looking at those shiny, shiny Gyrodecs >:) Isn't it a thing of beauty.



Just cannot justify getting one though and when mrs hd finds out how much they are I'll be dead in the water. She will hate the look too...... Absolutely loads of upgrade options toooooo.....;}

Women!
 
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OK, this is my side of the story. When I tried the 66RUL I mentioned to Andy Brush and Alex Hsieh (owner of P.Mauriat), that the sound was great, but did not have the response and clear altissimo of the Nickel Silver (60ns). It was I think Alex (but may have been Andy) who then handed me this silver neck to try so I assumed it was a stock 60ns neck, and posted that both here and on SOTW.

I now realise that it must have been the prototype Magnum, if that's what Andy says, then I believe it as he was there and he should know. It was just my assumption at the time that it was nickel silver.

Whether it is the same as the Le Bravo is not clear.

It's right Darren Rahn is an endorser so you must take that into account when you read that review. The ad/review doesn't actually say whether it is solid sterling or nickel silver, and to be honest I don't remember examining the one I tried at Frankfurt very closely.
So what is your view on changing the neck? Can it really make that much difference? Can it for example get me to play in time with other musicians? :w00t: Only joking!
 

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Yeh, I run a Pro-Ject RPM 4 and keep looking at those shiny, shiny Gyrodecs >:) Isn't it a thing of beauty.



Just cannot justify getting one though and when mrs hd finds out how much they are I'll be dead in the water. She will hate the look too...... Absolutely loads of upgrade options toooooo.....;}

Women!
What would my George Formby collection on seventy-eights sound like on that?

Just noticed no soundbox or pick up arm and which grade needle would you use Loud, Medium or Soft?
 
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What would my George Formby collection on seventy-eights sound like on that?

Just noticed no soundbox or pick up arm and which grade needle would you use Loud, Medium or Soft?
They'd sound just fine. Mind you, who wants to play it, just look at it! adding the SME V with Van Den Hul Colibri Moving Coil cartridge will sound great but spoils the look somewhat! >:)
 

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OK, this is my side of the story. When I tried the 66RUL I mentioned to Andy Brush and Alex Hsieh (owner of P.Mauriat), that the sound was great, but did not have the response and clear altissimo of the Nickel Silver (60ns). It was I think Alex (but may have been Andy) who then handed me this silver neck to try so I assumed it was a stock 60ns neck, and posted that both here and on SOTW.

I now realise that it must have been the prototype Magnum, if that's what Andy says, then I believe it as he was there and he should know. It was just my assumption at the time that it was nickel silver.

Whether it is the same as the Le Bravo is not clear.

It's right Darren Rahn is an endorser so you must take that into account when you read that review. The ad/review doesn't actually say whether it is solid sterling or nickel silver, and to be honest I don't remember examining the one I tried at Frankfurt very closely.
Just spoke to Andy Brush and the Magnum crook is defo the model that Pete tried out:welldone. It is also not the same as the Le Bravo which is a super V1 crook.I have yet to find out if it is Solid or Nickel Silver:(
Watch this space:sax:
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Hi, Yes this is the latest offering from mauriat, apparently they have been searching for a name for it.I spoke to Andy Brush who was with Alex and Pete and he has confirmed that it was a prototype of this model that Pete tried.I have a Le Bravo neck in stock looks very similar i will try it out on my 66R 2mrw.
birdman
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So did you get to try the Le Bravo neck? What about prices for that and the Magnum?
 

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So did you get to try the Le Bravo neck? What about prices for that and the Magnum?
Yes the Le Bravo is a Jazz V1 crook similar to the 60NS but engraved,i am awaiting the Magnum prototype should get it weds;}. I will let you know my findings. anyone travelling to Brecon Jazz are welcome to come and try them both. as for prices i will get on the case right now.:welldone
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So did you get to try the Le Bravo neck? What about prices for that and the Magnum?
The Le Bravo Crook which is an engraved version of the Super V1 crook was tested on saturday when Mornington Lockett called by, he tried it out on his 66RDK and it definitely made his sound brighter. But it was when he tried the Magnum:welldone that we both could hear a real difference not a bright as the Le Bravo crook but punchy with an amazing amount of projection Mornington was more than willing to play the crook live at Brecon that afternoon with Dominic Norcross and later with The New Jazz Couriers.Needless to say he took the crook with him i am awaiting his full report ( watch this space) With the Le Bravo crook retailing at around £245 the Magnum comes in at £295;} for the extra £50 the Magnum has got to be the better choice for most players.:sax:
birdman
i will post Morningtons review asap in the meantime i have stock on the way:welldone if you want to try one out get in touch.
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