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I think I bought the one you are talking about. Early 2001 with sandblasted / clear laquer finish. I am really not much of a sax player but the most intriguing thing about this horn is that I took it out to an unplugged matinee and managed to play in whisper mode (they usually don't allow anything louder than a blues harp) with a Streamline MPC / Peter Ponzol 2 1/2 reed - and it was the best-sounding super soft sax sound I have ever been able to produce. The mechanics are precision engineering with adjustable set screws, never seen anything quite like that.
 

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Far and away the best and easiest horns to play when it comes to sub-toning! Complex, rich, can whisper like no other! All modern day B&S horns have outstanding engineering, build quality and I'm sure they will outlive us all!
Yup, couldn't have said it better!

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Yes, Canadiain, me the same - three hole patent on Blue Label, but I was asking about THIS 2001 (as quote in quotes).

In early 2001 there were three holes, what about the one of user -lostcircuits- , as was mentioned above (not so old version, I believe)?
Three or one hole?
You mention a patent on three holes? My 1941 King Zephyr Bari has three holes

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Yes, I confirm - my B&S 2001 nr 5xx has three holes. The same like Blue Label has.

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Saying 3 holes patent I meant peculiar, novel, unconventional - it looks like more brands have had it in their technology for a long time.
I'm not surprised, because it's an interesting and useful construction solution, I have been wondering why it is not widely used, it gives a comfortable balance. Anyway, in the later 2001, Medusa, etc. - brand B&S gave up 3-holes element in favor of the generally-used 1-hole sling ring.
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Thanks KeyPi, here is a picture of the 3 holes on my King Zephyr

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Michael
 
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