Here is an email i recieved yesterday from the marketing director at TJ's ref the SIgnature Custom.I don't think we are going to get very far arguing about what different people think about a player. Saxplayer67 is quite entitled to his opinion (as is rogcwilliams), and no amount of playing credentials will change anyone's right to their own opinion.
What is odd to me here is the thread title with the word "review". This is somewhat misleading. If Dave O'Higgins is an official endorser and involved with the Trevor James company, then what we have here is not a review but merely a piece of marketing. I have to agree with Milandro about this.
I recently tried some Signature Custom tenors and I find it impossible to believe that they are the same model that any independent reviewer who is also a good player could say anything quite so favourable about. They were badly set up and were out of tune.
As for "Made In England", I'm believe the law does allow for just the final assembly of a product. They can do the bare minimum to justify that badge unfortunately.
I find this sad as previously I had a high regard for TJ saxophones and would seriously love to see a quality saxophone made in England.
"Hi Roger - It is pretty well known that our Trevor James classic and Rev. II instruments are made in Taiwan and then have a final finish in the UK. People therefore presume that the Signature Custom has the same route to market! This was always going to be the problem with us coming out with the SC. However the Signature Custom sax, just like our new Recital flutes are new product lines and have completely new manufacturing origins (endorsed by UK Trading Standards Authority) and shouldn't be confused with the Trevor James student lines.
It appears that very few players believe that the instrument is actually made in England. This issue is not going to go away!"
As far as Dave O'Higgins he has one of there sax's because they gave him one to test and try he is not a Paid endorsee therefore his review is totaly non biased and independent.
As far as your remarks Pete quiete frankly thats your opinion and clearly you seem set to belive that all TJ can make is a student instrument, and its my opinion that this is realy reason you have decided that the Signature Custom is not a good sax...I say this because i do not belive you when you say that are out of tune this in my humble opinion is bull. I have played many of these sax's and have heard D O'higgins playing his and i can hear no tuning problems with any of them. Its strange that despite people saying they would liek to see a UK Sax do well they are very quick to shoot it down in flames when someone tries to do just that...that to me is what is very sad.
Maybe it would be better productive to contact TJ's with you concerns and let them address it first (if its needed) before the fireing squad come out.
Just my opinion.