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Was that because it was on the brighter side? I know Joe described it as warm by nature in his video...The GT Titanium is the soprano Joe Giardullo is using these days. Joe let me play his, and it's a very nice horn that sounded awesome with my Rascher, but my Selmer metal and Espresso didn't work so well. Joe also let me play a vintage large chamber Meyer that was the perfect match to the horn (for me, anyway.) It was nice quality, very light compared to my Antigua, but as I said, my jazz setups didn't work so well so I'd need to change everything to make it work for me. Joe sounds good on it with his S440.
Y'know, I honestly don't remember much about it. I only had maybe 15 minutes of playtime on it, and it's been several years since this past March :twisted: I do remember thinking I could really go to town with the Rascher, but the Metal Classic and Espresso just really sounded...gross. I don't consider them particularly bright pieces, and maybe something as simple as a reed change would have brought it around for me. I've never played a large bore soprano, so maybe I just needed a little more time to work on my airstream with the horn. I'd gladly give it another blow sometime.Was that because it was on the brighter side? I know Joe described it as warm by nature in his video...
Just to share with you @Eulipion2 that I got the GT 'titanium' soprano in the end, and I'm loving it. Plays like a dream with Soloist style mouthpieces in particular, but also great in a different way with a vintage HR Lawton. Works with Link style pieces (although their spread and buzz isn't really my preferred soprano sound). Beautifully warm and clear at the same time. Very like a Keilwerth. Recommended if you're ever tempted to give it another blow sometime!, I honestly don't remember much about it. I only had maybe 15 minutes of playtime on it, and it's been several years since this past March :twisted:
Yes that's the one - Gu Tai Co - this top of their line soprano is something else - sold my Buffet stencilled Keilwerth having A/B'd them for a few weeks. Rather similar and for me a clear preference over a Yani SW10 in sound. The GT is that good.I think this is a company GUTAI known originally for their drums and now they commercialize saxophones too
the same web design model is used by several brands on Taiwan
Looks like these horns are over $2K in the market. Is that correct?And I can add a Yanagisawa SC992 to the list, compared over the last couple of days. Nice though the Yani is (and its intonation is extraordinary), the GT S30TIS is a considerably fuller, lusher beast. It's perfect for someone who's drawn to the warmer side of the soprano sound but without sacrificing clarity. Not in the way that vintage soprano's are - a Conn New Wonder has a spread sound - whereas the GT is more focused. I've played and owned quite a few sopranos and the sound is unbeatable - to me at least.
Yes Jerry, the S30TIS is their most expensive soprano. I guess partly quality of finish, but with a different bore to some of the cheaper models according to Joe from Sopranoplanet (start viewing the link at 3 mins 15 secs) and my experience of the voluptuous tone matches his perspective. In fact compared to a Keilwerth the bore at point of entry at the neck is fractionally wider.Looks like these horns are over $2K in the market. Is that correct?
I only saw a couple sellers and this soprano was $2300 or so. Just wondering what people are actually paying for this soprano in titanium alloy.
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There ya go, Jerry.
Well, I'm in the UK so bought direct from the factory, and the pricing made sense to me.I must be looking in the wrong places, but the couple sites I can find that sell the brushed silver titanium soprano are asking about $4000, which seems absurd to me. For example...
Thought TK was a regular Selmer bore soprano?Looks a lot like the second generation of TK Melody
I'm not a soprano player but I took a look as well just out of curiosity and that's the same observation and initial reaction I had. Many of the horns coming out of East Asia now are very nice but I think they are surpassing the point where people are willing to take a flier on them and buy without trying.I must be looking in the wrong places, but the couple sites I can find that sell the brushed silver titanium soprano are asking about $4000, which seems absurd to me. For example...
Sorry I was comparing tenors to tenors not the sopranoThought TK was a regular Selmer bore soprano?
I think Gu Tai make key work for other brands though...