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Grassi 2000 Alto - So Surprised!

Ok, so I'm working in the sticks this past week, 3 hotels in five days, etc... So in my spare time I'm looking for a Bari Sax on Craigslist. To keep it simple, I just search Saxophone. Nothing came up in the the way of Baris but a pristine Grassi 2000 Alto did. Small detour on the 3 hour drive to the airport, so I checked out and bought the horn. I wasn't looking for an Alto but this horn is perfect, as in like new and played probably a few hours, and it plays great top to bottom. This horn seems is ringing and Selmerish. I had one a couple years ago but not in the same league as this one. My previous horn had been played a good bit and had a mix of pads, so guessing this horn has a far better setup from the factory. So, those of you with Grassis, how would you classify their tone?

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Thanks. Very pleasantly surprised with the feel and tone of this horn, very different from my B&S. This horn has a sweeter tone and is very balanced across the range with great intonation.
 

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Re: Grassi 2000 Alto - So Surprised!

Focused yet not narrow, warm, balanced, sweet....Italian.
I recently started playing my Grassi Professional bari again, because I was asked for the bari sax part in a quartet. She is in need of some TLC but the sound fits your description. It's a streamlined but warm sound. My only objection is the low A mechanism; it is clunky, and relies on too many moving parts.
 

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I bought and sold one, well used, Professional 2000 alto and, pretty much like the Wonderful which I had before, it felt and played very well, even with old pads.

I sold it to a Polish buyer here in the NL who then sends the horns he buys to his cousin with a shop in Poland where Grassi are particularly well though of.
 
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