I love SML tenors. They sound AMAZING…. here comes the but………….
The altissimo on the King Marigaux SML tenor I had was borderline, most notes were flat, and overall mediocre at best. Maybe I just didn't have the correct fingerings for that make/model, but I didn't have the patience to learn all new fingering for that horn. Selmers, Bueschers and my Taiwanese tenors are normal up there.
I'm only just exploring altissimo on my SML alto and it's certainly a case of different fingerings than VIs or asian horns I believe. Those notes don't pop easily.
My asian-made tenor is much easier in that respect. Still early days for me though in all areas of the horn.
I almost pushed the button on one of these a couple of years back on Ebay.
The final price was far too high for me at nearly $5000.
My alto is very nearly a Hawkins model bar the engraving.
Although I rarely play alto, I don't think I could ever let this one go.
I can't manage any respectable altissimo on alto.
Not much better on tenor either, but a lot more on baritone for some reason.
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