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Saxophones Trevor James Signature Custom RAW Alto and Tenor

XasGotan

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I had the chance to try the tenor at a recent promotion day in a music shop and almost bought it straight away had it not been for the money. I am interested in an expert opinion on the sound. Up to now, I firmly believed this was chiefly due to the player and the mouthpiece, and that the nuances between different horns at my beginner to intermediate level play no role at all. In other words, it's all in the mind. I would really like to hear some opinions. Unfortunately, when I tried the Custom RAW Tenor I only had my mouthpiece but not my own sax (Bauhaus Wallstein MS 2 gold lacquer) for comparison. Did I do well in saving my money?
 

Jules

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I'm proud owner of a RAW, big bell tenor and its great :)
Sound wise- I'm not quite following your question- are you interested in other folks' opinion on the sound of this specific sax or that overall sound isn't down to the sax itself..?
For me the RAW has three exceptional points- firstly I've found that it has a quite exceptional constancy of tone/response across the full range of the sax- I've never felt so at home high up, two- the lower end has that big, fat spread thing that my Older Mauriat and Conn used to have (I think this is what tends to be called vintage American sound) and finally its got a ridiculously wide dynamic range (basically it goes up to 11 ! >:) )
If you get a chance to paly it off against your Bauhaus I'd recommned considering these aspects (ok- going up ot eleven might not be your bag but- hey- it works for me! )
 

jazzdoh

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I have the RAW alto and i too think they are great,it equally plays as good as my mark VI and beats the Mauriat system 76 hands down.
As Jules says it plays great across the range,keeps its tone when sub-toning and its intonation is the best I've had in over 20 years.
i have never owned a Bauhaus so can't compare with that sax but have tried the M2 and thought that was a really good horn.

Brian
 

TomMapfumo

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I meant to say "reviewed", so I apologise for my innaccurate statement.

Greg, thanks for your kind regards....................................;}
 

Greg Strange

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I meant to say "reviewed", so I apologise for my innaccurate statement.

Greg, thanks for your kind regards....................................;}
No problem Tom - lucky it was only a water pistol... your foot will dry off soon :)))

On a more serious note:( I read somewhere else on the forum that you said the System 54 saxophones are based on the Selmer (Paris) Balanced Action saxes of the 1930s? Very interesting when a lot of the new manufacturers are obsessed with trying to re-create Mark VI style horns.

Cheers,

Greg S.
 
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rhysonsax

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Your probably right there Pete... in Steve's line of work he's probably played more saxes than most of us have had hot dinners or owned saxes except maybe Rhys or Daveysaxboy:)

Cheers and regards,

Greg S.
At least Davey can sell his gear and saxes each time he has a new one. My problem is that I hate selling anything, just in case I regret it later.

Davey's rate of turnover is amazing - it would be interesting to see a record of what and when he's bought and sold.

Rhys
 

jazzdoh

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At least Davey can sell his gear and saxes each time he has a new one. My problem is that I hate selling anything, just in case I regret it later.

Davey's rate of turnover is amazing - it would be interesting to see a record of what and when he's bought and sold.

Rhys
I wonder if he will ever find what he is looking for.

Brian
 

Rikki

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Hi Chaps,

Speaking of BW M2 Tenor/alto. Has anyone compared them with the earthtone series? Besides the finish is there actually any real difference. I ask because I have a M2 Tenor which I am very happy with but thinking about (OK I have to get it past the misses!) buying the Alto
 

Greg Strange

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At least Davey can sell his gear and saxes each time he has a new one. My problem is that I hate selling anything, just in case I regret it later.

Davey's rate of turnover is amazing - it would be interesting to see a record of what and when he's bought and sold.

Rhys
Davey changes his sax more often than I change my shirt (well, maybe)...:shocked:

You couldn't exactly accuse Davey of being "saxophonically racist" - he's had saxes from China, Japan, Taiwan, France, Italy, Germany, Bolivia, Ethiopia (O.K. I'm kidding about the last two)...I've always thought it would make interesting list of saxophones...a great ambassador for saxophone...singlehandedly keeps the UK saxophone market afloat...

Actually, Rhys, you would own a very diverse selection of saxophones yourself, maybe someday you could list your collection, perhaps.

Cheers and regards,

Greg S.
 

Greg Strange

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Hi Chaps,

Speaking of BW M2 Tenor/alto. Has anyone compared them with the earthtone series? Besides the finish is there actually any real difference. I ask because I have a M2 Tenor which I am very happy with but thinking about (OK I have to get it past the misses!) buying the Alto
Pete or Steve Howard would probably know - I think Pete may now own the Earthtone soprano and prior to that the silver/gold M2 soprano.

Regards from across the ditch,

Greg S.
 

Greg Strange

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I think he continues to use the wrong ligature...............................;}
He's certainly owned a few mouthpieces as well, and necks, and reeds...Jules is right, the neverending search continues...:confused2::headscratch:

Upgrade the ligature perhaps...don't get him started...

Jules would probably prefer the neverending search continued at the sax.co.uk showrooms...:)

Regards and cheers,

Greg S.
 
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