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A couple of modern Taiwanese altos in the popular unlacquered look. One from GTsax, the other from TK Melody.
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From a construction standpoint the horns are almost identical - keywork, ribbing, etc. Both have the spiral bore in the neck. Same case.
The GT has that pre-aged look going, while the TK is polished raw brass.
They play, and, to my ears, sound nothing alike.
 

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A couple of modern Taiwanese altos in the popular unlacquered look. One from GTsax, the other from TK Melody.

From a construction standpoint the horns are almost identical - keywork, ribbing, etc. Both have the spiral bore in the neck. Same case.
The GT has that pre-aged look going, while the TK is polished raw brass.
They play, and, to my ears, sound nothing alike.
So what differences do you observe? Are they set up with the same pads and resonators?

Is the difference in the individual necks? If so similar in manufacturing, I expect the necks are interchangeable. Do the differences track with the neck, or is it something more substantial?

Or perhaps the sounds will converge as the patinas develop. :twisted:

Thanks for sharing this.
 

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So what differences do you observe? Are they set up with the same pads and resonators?

Is the difference in the individual necks? If so similar in manufacturing, I expect the necks are interchangeable. Do the differences track with the neck, or is it something more substantial?

Or perhaps the sounds will converge as the patinas develop. :twisted:

Thanks for sharing this.
I believe the pads are the same, but the resonators are completely different.
The necks are not interchangeable; the tenon diameters are the same, but the lengths are different. Also, the bore of the TK neck is measurably wider at the cork end.
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