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Just some honest, rambling thoughts and questions.....
So I have not seen much activity on the Antigua thread lately, which is too bad. Add to that the fact that I see a few dealers closing out their Antigua Powerbell inventories (and I think their entire Antigua lines in general) and this has raised some flags in my mind (What is happening with Antigua distribution in the USA?) Is the marketing just not there?
I think that a lot of players have played or listened to the Ponzol Pro One and come away impressed. I have been enjoying playing back-and-forth between a black nickel Powerbell tenor and a Buescher Top Hat & Cane tenor from the early 1950's and I am struck by how similar the sonic qualities are with these two tenors. The clear lacquer Powerbell I had played last year was darker than this individual black nickel tenor with the same reed/mpc and while they are both very resonant, the black nickel has something "extra" that I really enjoy from the players' side of the horn.

I have not played the G42 tenor but it appears to be an attempt to capture the Mark VI characteristics.

I have also not played the Model 25, but have listened to a few of them live at the Macky Auditorium Concert Hall and they sounded quite superb. The Model 25 boasts of the Cryo freezing treatment and I'm not sure if that is the same as the annealing process used on all Powerbells, or if the annealing process is different ?????? :?:

And then there's the TS5200, which I guess is similar to a Mauriat Master 97 or a Selmer Serie III :?: ??????? I've never come across one yet, but am guessing that they are not as free blowing as the Powerbell.

Antigua seems to be putting out some quality products but I'm seeing them less and less, locally anyways. I hope that they are doing pretty well overall. I see a lot more marketing coming out of the Mauriat camp. I can't even find one single clip of Antigua at NAMM 2020.

Just some thoughts...... I like the Antigua tenors that I've spent time with a lot.
 

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I have a pro one alto and think it is very good. I also think one difference between Antigua and Pmauriat is that Antigua has been in the student market for a long time. Kind of like Jupiter. I think the Pro Models are excellent but the name brand suffers from the student association.
I think that you bring up a very strong point. There sure are a ton of great and affordable options coming out of Asia right now. It is getting hard to keep up with them all.
 

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If anyone tells you its got the cryogenic treatment, run the other way as fast as you can. It's just a lot of BS about freezing the horn which allegedly does something remarkable to the tone by aligning all the molecules or some such nonsense. Annealing is something else, it's a heat treatment.
Good to know. Thanks. If super-heating and then super-cooling saxophones and then playing them to define the tonal differences is a good paying career option, I chose the wrong career path! :):razz::razz:
 

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Well, "available" is an elastic term. The Antigua Winds website has no information at all about dealers or purchase channels. That's not good. Antigua instruments cannot be purchased through SOTW's favorite online dealers (Woodwind and Brasswind, sax.co.uk, Kessler Music -- both sax.co.uk and Kessler used to carry them, but no longer). They apparently aren't sold by Sam Ash either. Antigua's main dealer seems to be ProWinds.com. All in all, from a consumer's point of view, this is pretty weak distribution and marketing.

Also, as this thread suggests, Antigua's product line is cluttered. The company offers three different "Educational" alto saxophone models in addition to the five different "Professional" alto models. The same applies to the tenors. Is there really enough Antigua demand or fulfillment capability to support all these models?
You guys are all making some great points. I also now see that Saxquest is closing them out as well. This is very unfortunate. G8rDuc, I did not know that they had been absorbed by another Co. Who is the parent Co. now?
 

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:Shocked: Oh wow, OK. I had no idea.
They own a bunch of companies and I'm pretty sure that they do all of the distribution for P. Mauriat in North America. I wonder if they are so focused on the success of Mauriat that they completely overlooked Antigua.
 
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