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raddy

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My son has seen a saxello - he did want a soprano - butnow he wants a saxello.

So, the ineviteble - which one.?

I have been scouring the web and think I have narrowed it down to either a Rampone & cazzani R1 or a Mauriat PMSS-601.

Now, I wonder if thereis any advice regarding these 2 and/or
am I barking uo the wrong tree and should be looking elsewhere - thay are both quite (very!) pricey and I just, like everyone I suppose, want to get the best for the money

So, all, or any, advice gratefully welcomed
 
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Nick Wyver

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Why does he want a saxello? They're just the same as a normal sop, only bent a bit. Are they cool now, or something?
 

raddy

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Why does he want a saxello? They're just the same as a normal sop, only bent a bit. Are they cool now, or something?
Hi Nick

I'm not a musician, but I think he muttered something about sound projection and the "look" - so maybe to my son they are cool. Personally I can just about tell one end of the instrument from another , oh and I can spot a duff note, so in that respect the whole discussion of "this-or -that" instrument is a complete mystery
 

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If it's the look then you're stuffed. I don't think there are any cheap ones (my information may be out of date). If it's projection (whatever that is) then you could try suggesting a curved sop. There are plenty of those about.
 

raddy

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Yeah! I think I am stuffed. Maybe if I ignore him the idea will go away :)

Anyhow, assuming it doesn't - I am thinking the R&C might have more residual value than the Mauriat - yet the cost is significantly greater.

That said, and assuming I have to proceed, I really need some pointers so I don't make an expensive mistake even more so, whilst getting something that's going to the best job.

Why couldn't he stick with the penny whistle :)
 

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You can get cheap ones. Just go to eBay and search for saxello. Starts around 300. No idea if they're any good or not.
 

cherrybyte

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Bit off subject..are you the 'kevgermany' that posts on the Guzzi forum..??
 

raddy

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Bit off subject..are you the 'kevgermany' that posts on the Guzzi forum..??
No, I'm the raddy - so you can't collect your £50

Does anybody have anything to add apart from asking me why I want to buy a saxello, telling me I can buy cheap saxes on ebay which may or may not be any good, and asking me if I am someone else?
 

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Bit off subject..are you the 'kevgermany' that posts on the Guzzi forum..??
No, someone started using the same name a couple of years after I did, can't copyright it I'm afraid. I've ridden a couple of guzzis, but preferred the Laverdas, of which I've had two.
 

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Does anybody have anything to add apart from asking me why I want to buy a saxello, telling me I can buy cheap saxes on ebay which may or may not be any good, and asking me if I am someone else?

Not many people on here play saxello that I know of, so you might not get an opinion on the models you're asking about. Straight sops are more readily available and sound just the same. My saxello is a Hanson (ebay purchase a couple of years ago). I love it (as much as I can love any soprano sax). @griff136 currently has it in for a service - not sure of his opinion of this model, but I might get an update when he's finished it! The only draw-back I've found with this instrument is finding a stand for it - conventional sop stands aren't suitable.

Hope your son enjoys whatever you buy.
 

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No, I'm the raddy - so you can't collect your £50

Does anybody have anything to add apart from asking me why I want to buy a saxello, telling me I can buy cheap saxes on ebay which may or may not be any good, and asking me if I am someone else?

Yes.

Keep calm - and look before you leap.
 

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That said, and assuming I have to proceed, I really need some pointers so I don't make an expensive mistake even more so, whilst getting something that's going to the best job.

They are both very good horns, I think it would depend on whether he wants something with more resistance and possibly darker sound, in which case I'd recommend the R & C , or something freer playing, light and maybe brighter sound, ie the Mauriat. But it's impossible to say which is better.
 

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No, I'm the raddy - so you can't collect your £50

Does anybody have anything to add apart from asking me why I want to buy a saxello, telling me I can buy cheap saxes on ebay which may or may not be any good, and asking me if I am someone else?
Yes, just be a good father and pander to you child's whims, it's only money.
 

Ivan

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I think saxellos look cool

I understand the 'need' to get one and I'd use the projection excuse if it increased the chance of getting one

I think you're right raddy about residual value if your son gets into playing sax in a big way it's likely to be a keepsake unless he needs to pawn it for drugs or to pay off his student loan, should the occasion arise
 

griff136

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Reddy - both the Rampone and the Mauriat "saxello's" as Pete mentioned are good horns. There are other brands including Hanson which you may want to consider if you are on a budget. I have a forum member's (Pyrografix) saxello in the workshop as we speak. - not a bad horn for the price point, plays relatively in tune, feels nice under the fingers. Hanson's also have a great warranty programme including servicing. They're based oop North somewhere.

Pyrografix - your saxello will be in the post this weekend, and the stand that fits the saxello is one made by Hercules - I'll find out the model number for you today.

Oh and just to be pedantic - these "saxellos" aren't real saxellos. They're really tipped bell sopranos.
here are some pics:

tipped bell sop.jpg tipped bell beuscher

and here's a link to a King Saxello by HN White - the same instrument that is in my avatar. Note that the bell is at right angles to the body tube.
http://www.dg-music.co.uk/instrumen...rosted-silver-plate-with-gold-plated-key-work
 

Pete Thomas

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Bit off subject..are you the 'kevgermany' that posts on the Guzzi forum..??
No, I'm the raddy - so you can't collect your £50

Does anybody have anything to add apart from asking me why I want to buy a saxello, telling me I can buy cheap saxes on ebay which may or may not be any good, and asking me if I am someone else?

cherrybyte was actually asking kevgermany, not you.
 

Pete Thomas

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You can get cheap ones. Just go to eBay and search for saxello. Starts around 300. No idea if they're any good or not.

I think some may well be. I tried a few cheap Asian tipped bell sopranos at Frankfurt and a couple were quite good. I wouldn't know what they are or how they are branded. @milandro may be able to help.
 

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