Sax on the Web - Forum Archive / SML (Strasser-Marigaux) / What's the deal with SML?

Gordon
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Jul 18th 7:33 PM
I have never heard much about SML now, aside from the fact that they are Selmer's arch-rivals and are French. They good horns? Do they compare to Keilwerth and Yanigasawa?
Dr. Inconspicuous
User ID: 2059234
Jul 18th 8:24 PM
No, sadly they do not compare to Keilworth or Yani. They are far better horns than those two brands. If you can find one, buy it. How do they play? Far better than Selmer's.
Inflamatory Dr. Inconspicous
Gordon
User ID: 9363883
Jul 18th 8:52 PM
Wow. That's a little bit hard for me to grasp. I personally think Keilwerths are the archetype in modern sax design and quality/tone.
Bootman Jul 19th 7:55 AM
SML's are nice and a good horn is a good horn. I also consider most mk vi's to be over valued and not as good as most people would have you beleive. I have played a great SML alto and several good ones. There a good horns in every make it just takes time to find them.

Is Dr. Inconspicous the phantom of the SOTW forum?
I love the way you stir the respondents up but only if it is done in a gentlemanly manner.
Dr. Inconspicuous
User ID: 2059234
Jul 19th 2:55 PM
I do enjoy a heated discussion now and then. If there isn't one, I tend to help things along.
Dr. Inconspicuous
Paul
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Jul 19th 4:22 PM
Bootman... Dr. Inconspicuous occasionally has too much time on his hands. But, honestly, he is a nice guy.
Paul
User ID: 1278884
Jul 19th 4:25 PM
Gordon: Having played a great Mk VI for over 30 years, and having just played Dr. Inconspicuous' SML tenor, I can honestly say he is right. The SML is a great sax. That tenor is an older model does not have all the screw adjustments as more modern saxes, but the quality is obvious. The keywork is very firm, solid feeling, like a new sax. This is the smoothest, easiest responding tenor I have ever played, including my own near perfect VI.
tony
User ID: 9865253
Jul 22nd 2:08 PM
Are all SML made in Check Republic? The ones I've seen(2) have checkolevoczia on the rear stack. (sorry about the spelling) You know what I mean.I don't know much about these horns I'm only 13 yrs old
tony
User ID: 9865253
Jul 22nd 2:09 PM
Are all SML made in Check Republic? The ones I've seen(2) have checkolevoczia on the rear stack. (sorry about the spelling) You know what I mean.I don't know much about these horns I'm only 13 yrs old. Please E-mail saxfun12@aol.com thanks
saxpics Jul 22nd 10:15 PM
Tony, there's another thread on the SML 'board about the Lemaire saxophones. Take a look there for full details, but the upthrust is that the Lemaires are definitely not pro horns made by SML. The best theory is that they are fair intermediate horns from Amati for King.

If you have a horn labeled "SML" on the bell and it says "Made in Czechoslovakia" on the body, I'd love to see a pic or three -- THAT would be an interesting horn.

Ta!
PJT

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Paul Aug 18th 3:54 PM
SML's were made in Mantes, France, near the Selmer factory.
saxpics Aug 19th 10:27 PM
The Marigaux horns and the SML pro models were, but the Lemaire horns were not (made in France nor pro).

There's actually a rather nice article on the main page about a visit to the SML factory and I have another on my 'site.