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I did a search and only found three threads about Oleg saxophones and they were not very informative.

I recently saw an Oleg baritone sax that really looked nice. I was wondering if anyone has played one of these and what their impression was. Also, does anyone knows where they are made, are they made in the states or Asia? It looked asian from the photos I saw.
 

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There are no saxes being made in the states right now (one in development). I would guess that Oleg is being made in Taiwan, China or similar... I would take any marketing materials from Oleg with a grain of salt, since they list 'Michel Brecker' as an 'enthusiastic endorser of Oleg products.'

http://www.olegproducts.com/oleg-endorsements.asp
 

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And they didn't spell his name correctly...
 

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I did a search and only found three threads about Oleg saxophones and they were not very informative.

I recently saw an Oleg baritone sax that really looked nice. I was wondering if anyone has played one of these and what their impression was. Also, does anyone knows where they are made, are they made in the states or Asia? It looked asian from the photos I saw.
Hey there Noj. Oleg overhauled a flute for me years ago. Great work although at the time it was way more than the going rate. I took my tenor to him before that and Oleg at that time would put your horn in line behind more important players. I would regularly run into someone like Lew Tabackin .

I believe Oleg was one of the first to put his name on a Taiwan horn. Don't know where they're made now. Looks like Taiwan has almost become the new Japan.

I've seen a couple of his horns but never played one . A player that comes to a session I go to is a total Oleg man.

I'm talking horn, mouthpiece and strangely I didn't look to see if he was playing an Olegature.

The player sounds great on the horn but he would probably sound great on anything. Great looking two tone horn. Not my taste though.

The other player I heard on one tried to convince me to get one around the time I was searching for a horn. Now this player worked for Manny and could have had any of the finest horns in the world there at Manny's shop. I heard him about a year ago also on the same horn playing it with a Florida Link. Big sound.

I went with a new Selmer Serie II instead in 2004 and never looked back. Not to put anything down but I know what I've got.

So this post won't really help you because as I said I've never played one. I discovered an interesting dynamic back then.

It was the first time I started to hear someone say that Selmers are too expensive and you shouldn't pay that much for a horn. And that was seven years ago.

Seeing as Bari saxes are so expensive I can understand why you're looking at Asian horns.
 

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Thanks for the input Equake. I have a Conn 12M that I really like playing but I have such a hard time with the intonation that I am playing a borrowed Yani bari. I would like to get a bari that plays in tune without having to spend $5-10K. I recently saw a gold Oleg bari on Ebay that looked very nice and it went for around $3500.00, still lots of money but more reasonable than the $ for a Yani/ Yamaha/Selmer etc. Since I live in SoCal I thought I might go try one of the Olegs.
 

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Hi Noj. That looks like a deal $3,500 for his bari. I went to his website and all I got was sssh. It's a secret.

Couldn't find a price for anything. I did see one new at $4,650 at WWBW if that helps you.

Didn't see the bari on ebay. Guess it's gone. And again I've never played his horns. But they are nice to look at.

Yeah baris are really expensive. Have you contacted Uncle Phil ( Barone) and see what his prices are?

Hey I just found Phil's prices. Now I don't know whose sax is better. But Uncle Phil's prices seem great for a new horn. Hope that helps.

http://www.philbarone.com/saxophones/baritone/classic.html
 

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I've been looking at everything I can think of including Uncle Phil's horns. I bought one of his altos late 2007 and it has been a good horn. I just like playing my Buffet alto more. My wife won't let me sell it because she likes telling her friends and family I have a gold plated saxophone.

I am also considering the Kessler Bari, the price is great, it just requires a trip to Las Vegas to give it a try.
 

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I've been looking at everything I can think of including Uncle Phil's horns. I bought one of his altos late 2007 and it has been a good horn. I just like playing my Buffet alto more. My wife won't let me sell it because she likes telling her friends and family I have a gold plated saxophone.

I am also considering the Kessler Bari, the price is great, it just requires a trip to Las Vegas to give it a try.
Sounds like a plan. Nothing like trying the horn out in person. Watch out for the casinos. I found a way to beat them. Don't go inside.
 

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I'm out of the Baritone market! I purchased a Vito/Yani stencil for a very good price and it is a great player. Another of those deals that I couldn't pass up!
 
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