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mick

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I am about to get a trevor james alto from what I have found there seems to be no adverse comments so Re they a good buy ?
Mick
 

mpjbiker

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I've played various TJ horns, alto and tenor. My partner has a black alto, and I have a TJ The Horn tenor as a back up -I could happily gig on either of them, good, solid horns with no known issues. The Signature series are supposed to be comparable to the top level horns, but I've not tried them. Play it and see!
 

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I`ve not seen a rubbish TJ horn, even the Chinese made Artemis and Classic-IIs are as good as any other recognised Chinese horn such as the Cheaper BWs, Selmer Preludes, Jerichos etc .....

The Taiwanese ones (Revolution and upwards) have a very good rep and found them to be good myself , the mid/high end Signature RAWs, customs etc are up there with the best of the Hot-rodded Taiwan horns such as Canonball, Mauriat, Viking etc . Hot-rodded Taiwanese horns seem to be The thing at the moment , it was TJ who started it if I remember rightly .
 

Jobylou

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Hi Mick
Are you able to try one?
I have heard that they are great, but I tried one a while back in a shop and I couldn't get on with it, it just didn't suit me for some reason. It was just the entry level one. Probably the same reason that I don't seem to get on with Bauhaus, I don't know.
Definitely worth trying first to see if it suits you I would have thought :)
Good Luck
Jo
 

ProfJames

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Not sure if I believe half of the previous statements as I couldn't get on with any of them but then again that has occured to me with other makes as well. Would suggest as Jobylou and go and try them.
 

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+1 on what Ads said. We stock the TJ saxophones at Jonathan myall music www.justflutes.com and for the money they're great value. the RAW tenor is a top drawer horn IMHO. - if I needed a new tenor the RAW would be my no 1 choice,
 

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I have a Trevor James The Horn alto as a back up - in fact I started on it some years ago. It feels a bit entry level against the Mauriat which is my main alto. The keys are not quite where I like them now and the tone at the bottom end is not as full. However, it's a good sax and nothing wrong with them, if you get a good one (asssuming second hand). Yes, do try it first.
 

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I've played a few of them over the years, from an original 'The Horn', owned by my ex, about 25 years ago, through to the Revolution and Artemis ones. they've all been fine. The original The Horn model was very good against its competitors, and helped to kick off the whole good value Taiwanese student instrument market.

I don't think it is right to refer to the Signature Custom range as hot rodded Taiwanese horns. They are entirely assembled at the factory in Lenham, Kent, albeit that the parts may be manufactured in Taiwan. Quite distinct from Mauriat, Cannonball, etc, which are made in Taiwan. Nothing wrong with Taiwanese manufacture at all, having said that, and I've played a few Mauriats and been very impressed with them. I've also played the Sig Custom tenor, and thought it was great.
 

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I don't think it is right to refer to the Signature Custom range as hot rodded Taiwanese horns. They are entirely assembled at the factory in Lenham, Kent, albeit that the parts may be manufactured in Taiwan. .

I was told as have others that the Horns arrive in one piece and are disassembled , tweaked and reassembled - if that`s not hot rodding I don` t know what is ...... the Sheppard of course actually IS assembled in the UK but it`s priced way beyond the Sig Custom range
 

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I don't really think it matters all that much to be honest. I've heard all sorts of things about them as well, but what I do know is that a long standing friend visited the factory, a good while before the Sheppard range was introduced, and saw saxes being assembled, from bare body to completion at workbenches.
 

mick

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I have a Trevor James The Horn alto as a back up - in fact I started on it some years ago. It feels a bit entry level against the Mauriat which is my main alto. The keys are not quite where I like them now and the tone at the bottom end is not as full. However, it's a good sax and nothing wrong with them, if you get a good one (asssuming second hand). Yes, do try it first.
Thanks
 

ArtyLady

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I have a Classic "The Horn" Alto, not used a huge amount these days because I play mainly tenor, but I've had mine for about 6 years and no issues, nothing has gone majorly wrong (unlike my TJ Tenor which was constantly being repaired/tweaked but then it was getting used a lot!) My Alto key work is a bit clunky but I'm comparing that to my Yani Tenor which has amazing action! I might be wrong but I think the Rev II is the upgraded model - my TJ Tenor Rev II had ribbed construction (gives a fuller sound apparently??) whereas my Alto hasn't. hope that helps :thumb:
 

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Its an Artemis alto
It's what I had as a first sax and had no problems with it regarding reliability.
Obviously in my ignorance at the time I could not say how it might have compared with others but I thought it made a nice noise even if I didn't.
 

mick

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Thanks everyone for your help think I will go for it
 

mick

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Hi prof
Sorry for dely in answering but I had a heart attack on wednesday whilst having a few days away in a the dales and I am now reclining in the Lancaster hospital away from family, dog and instruments.
So the next best thing is talking about sax and clarinet to you chaps.
So I havent thought about mouthpieces yet using the one supplied, I need to get your advice on this matter
Mick
 

ProfJames

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Hi prof
Sorry for dely in answering but I had a heart attack on wednesday whilst having a few days away in a the dales and I am now reclining in the Lancaster hospital away from family, dog and instruments.
So the next best thing is talking about sax and clarinet to you chaps.
So I havent thought about mouthpieces yet using the one supplied, I need to get your advice on this matter
Mick
Crikey Mick take it easy. Sorry to hear about your illness. If I remember rightly the sax comes with a TJ (Trevor James) mouthpiece which is a stencil (help needed here please forum members). There will be great advice offered on which mouthpieces to use but the ones I started with were Yamaha 5c, Windcraft Etude and then I bought a load of different ones!
Hope you get better soon and keep your questions and comments coming.
 

mick

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Thanks Prof,
They say its a minor one and I should be getting a stent on wed to make sure it doesnt happen again, tomorrow is my 66 th birthday, what a way to spend easter, but at least I have the company of friends on this forum which is the best I have found.
So I havent got the Trevor James yet as I was due to collect next week but will be e delayed but I have a fortissimo soprano
Which also has the suppliex mouthpiece.
The reeds seem just a little larger than clarinet, but havent had chance to try a clarinet one on sax
Mick
 

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