A BorganiAttached are recordings Alex Budman playing a Borgani Pearl Gold, MACSAX Unlacquered Empyreal, and his Selmer Mark VI.
Can you tell which is which?
Which one do you prefer?
I think that happens and is largely why a new horn will not really make a great deal of difference but there are some gear differences and all gear really does is provide a basic tone from which to spring from and the rest is up to the player.3) the player already has a certain sound in mind, and so unconsciously compensates for any variation in horn response to try to achieve his 'reference' sound
This is a very well thought out post. I might add that really high end recording, mixing, mastering and editing can make any good player sound better and any decent , not leaking horn sound great. In the end, it appears that the new horns are now somewhat indistinguisable from the vintage horn, at least for the listener. Jerry Bergonzi used to tell me that the further you get from the player, the less the equipment matters, and the player matters the most.I think if you played these for a normal 'member of the public', they would hear virtually no difference between the 3 saxes. I only made one pass through the 3 files, and they were all rather similar. I'm sure if forced myself to listen to them 4 or 5 times with a mind to pick out the differences, I would be able to make some comments. But on first listening, all rather similar, with the most noticeable differences coming in the alt passages, cos the player seemed to have an easier time on certain horns than others, but again,not a huge difference in my book.
It could be that 1) saxes really don't make huge of a difference in sound than what we SOTWers think 2) we are making mountains out of molehills of little variations 3) the player already has a certain sound in mind, and so unconsciously compensates for any variation in horn response to try to achieve his 'reference' sound 4) this little piggy is tone deaf
So what do you all think - is it 1,2,3 or 4?
I do think however, that the ergonomics or feel of each horn might be larger than the actual variation in sound..