I own a Kessler Custom Handmade tenor and based on a conversation with Dave Kessler and my own research, I can confirm that to the best of my knowledge this horn was made by Tenon in Vietnam as others have indicated.I have owned one of these tenors and found it to be well made. I believe it to be the exact same horn as the "Kessler Custom Handmade". At least it was in about 2014. Many people on here will tell you the Kessler is a good horn. What they do have is superior quality control. I have owned several Allora horns and currently have a Chicago Jazz tenor. What I have found is some set up issues on these horns. Some kind of strange glue more like contact cement, holding in the pads. However the pads are of good quality and name brand. Where I do agree with others posting here is that used is the way to go.
Just to point out, you have the models reversed. A Buffet 400 tenor would likely sell at that price despite the new price of $3200+.Retail Price one of these - new: Alto: $1400 Tenor: $2000
Buffet 100 sax - new Alto: $1000-1400 Tenor: $1300-1600
Buffet 400's - used Alto $500-600 Tenor $500-900
Hi...read it againJust to point out, you have the models reversed. A Buffet 400 tenor would likely sell at that price despite the new price of $3200+.
The 400 is my favorite new tenor, so far. On a level with Taiwan comparables. If the 100 is truly the same horn minus the bling, it could be a great horn. Another thing to note is that new prices seem to have gone up 20 - 25% in the past year or two. Used prices don't necessarily follow.
Btw Jaye, I'm using a mint Yani 990 tenor tonight. I'm looking forward to adding to my impressions of modern horns that you just don't get in the bedroom studio.
Regards to all.