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I found this item that asserts that the percentage of copper in the body brass makes a difference in the sound

"The first task was analyzing the materials used for making saxophones. The MIRL bought an international-brand saxophone costing more than NT$200,000, and found that the brass used to make it had a copper content of 65%, which makes it more difficult to work with than the 70% copper content in the brass used for Taiwanese instruments, but produces a more resonant sound. "


.. did we know that?
 

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Well, what we know is that the material doesn't make any difference, unfounded assertions like this to the contrary (and there are plenty of them).

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The Graftons sounded okay and they had virtually no copper content in the body tube at all! :D

The whole alloy BS is pure sales pitch to sell more horns. :shock:

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For the love of God, can we stop with the whole "the material and finish make a difference in the sound" thing yet?

Obviously it doesn't, just get the horn that plays the best and looks the way you like.

Don't be ashamed of buying a new shiny saxophone in some cool finish that plays just a nice (or better) as the old junk bucket sitting in the corner.
 

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Sorry, I'm like Pavlov's dogs--get the same urge to write and refute the claim every time I hear that bell...
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