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K of K's
User ID: 9621663
Sep 28th 10:35 PM
Anybody see that "Woodwind Co." made in Paris
tenor sold on eBay? The photos did not show the
G# table which would have clinched it but it
sure looked like an SML stencil.
Joseph Jaeger Sep 29th 10:35 AM
It looked like an SML Stencil to me to. But the photos were too few to be sure.
K of K's
User ID: 9621663
Sep 29th 1:25 PM
If it was an SML, some brave soul copped an SML
and a $300 vintage Link for $425 and change!!
Shimshon
User ID: 8924643
Sep 29th 2:06 PM
oooff!!!
charles Bergere
User ID: 1209744
Nov 17th 9:42 PM
I bought an alto sax a year ago through a friend who worked in a thrift shop as a volunteer.I paid 85.00 dollars.The brand was The Woodwind company custom built Paris New York. I found out yesterdays through Fred Cicetti that it was a stencil SML made for the Woodwind people in the fifties. This beast is heavy and has a huge tone. I hope to be able to tame it soon
Brenton
User ID: 2302834
Nov 17th 11:12 PM
K of K's: Do you know that ebay item # ? (before the photos disappear ?)
K of K's
User ID: 9621663
Nov 19th 12:34 AM
Sorry--deleted it.
Whitney
User ID: 0512724
Jan 20th 12:29 PM
My repairwomen recently acquired an old tenor SML stencil made for the Woodwind Co. of New York. The horn is in great condition, no dents with about 80% of the original lacquer. The horn has the Woodwind Co. logo on the bell and the SML initials on the neck. The sax is very heavy,I haven't had a chance to play the horn because it's in the process of being repaded. From what I read in this topic forum, it seems that the horn has a huge tone? I'm not sure what a huge tone is, I mean does that mean loud volume wise. I appreciate a uniquely dark warm floating sound. Very Similar to Stan Getz and Lester Young. Basically I would like a description of the SML sound (I read they are pretty consistent) if anyone can brief me I'd be very thankful.
Alex
User ID: 7399413
Jan 21st 2:09 AM
Whitney, if you put some air into it, you can certainly get all the volume you might want out of an SML. The first time I really got behind a low Bb, it shook the foundation of my house ;-)
However, the warm, dark sound you describe is very characteristic of the SML. (I play mine with a HR Link 5.) I have no experience with the Woodwind stencils, but you should definitely try this horn. It may have just the sound you are seeking. Best wishes on your search.
saxpics
User ID: 1676554
Jan 21st 1:50 PM
Whitney! If you get a digital camera I'm definitely willing to post your pics. I've been unable to find any of the Woodwind stencils.

Thanks!
The Vintage Saxophone Gallery
http://members.xoom.com/saxgallery/sml.htm
Whitney
User ID: 8834313
Jan 23rd 11:05 AM
That's good news Alex. I'm also looking for a potentialy powerful horn, I don't like using amplification. And what you said about the SML's seems to fit the description of my needs. Wow, I also use a HRLink, an old Reso Chamber Otto Link opened up to about a .90. It's very breathy and it's a beautiful sound. Thank you for your info and support.

Saxpics, my dad just bought a new Nikon digital camera, it takes sweet pictures. And I haven't seen any Woodwind SML pics on ebay or any sax gallery. I'll be sure to take pics as soon as I encounter the tenor again. Thank you for the URL, great site.