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Grassi Models

-Leader (no photo available)
-Professional
-Wonderfull
-Prestige
-2000 (no photo)
-professional 2000
-A lot of new Taiwanese horns
And some people are speculating about the ''Jade version'' but thats probably
an old Prestige

-Professional alto









Another Alto serial nr. 8xxx







-Professional Tenor serial nr. 9xxx





 
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-Prestige Alto serial nr. 37xxx



-Prestige Tenor serial nr. 17xxx (Jade Series)

I got a Prestige tenor just like this one serial nr. 19xxx with the jade inlay and it plays extremely well!!!









-Professional 2000 alt serial nr. 87xxx







So if you have any photos of the leader, wonderfull, and 2000 post them!
 

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The "jade series" probably is an old Prestige, although I've never heard it called that. Good to know if that's the name...there seems to be a lot of confusion on these.

I'll get pics of my 2000s up later. They're the same as the "Professional 2000s" as far as I can tell (I've owned both).
 

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I have a 190XX SN baritone jade rollers, can't find anywhere any particular mention of the series but apparently Grassi never produced a baritone in a less than professional series. The Significance of the Jade rollers could be this one. It is amazing that so very little is known of the history of this brand.
 
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milandro said:
I have a 190XX SN baritone jade rollers, can't find anywhere any particular mention of the series but apparently Grassi never produced a baritone in a less than professional series. The Significance of the Jade rollers could be this one.
Could you post some pictures of that Bari, that would be nice!

milandro said:
It is amazing that so very little is known of the history of this brand.
Indeed, it is very strange that there is nothing to bee found about maria grassi.... but i Found an adress & phone number :cheers: haven't tried it yet though...

Ida Maria Grassi
Via A Martini 15
20092 Cinisello Basamo (mi) Italy
02-66047969
 
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J.Max said:
The "jade series" probably is an old Prestige, although I've never heard it called that. Good to know if that's the name...there seems to be a lot of confusion on these.
Well i'm not 100% sure of the name some italian guy called it the prestige, but it also could be the ''wondeful'' model, I never saw any picture of that series.
Same story with that ''Professional model'' could be the ''Leader'' its al so vague....
 

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Jules, this number probably refers to the modern Grassi company which is little more than a trading company, they sell Oriental horns which they do not produce. The old company was in Quarna di Sotto the same town where Rampone & Cazzani is. I will post some pictures of the Baritone when I get back to Holland (I am in Italy at the moment) and I will retrieve it from my technician.
 

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Pictures of my old Grassi Professional 2000 alto:









 

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I'll try and get pictures of my (current) alto, tenor and soprano later.
 

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Grassi Photos

Jules,
I'm curious about the photos of the tenor. There was a eBay auction recently with the very same photos on it. I wonder how you know it's a professional (since the seller did not seem to know this).

The ebay auction:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=160184985114

Jules S1397 said:
Grassi Models

-Leader (no photo available)
-Professional
-Wonderfull (no photo available)
-Prestige
-2000 (no photo)
-professional 2000
-A lot of new Taiwanese horns
And some people are speculating about the ''Jade version'' but thats probably
an old Prestige

-Professional alto









Another Alto serial nr. 8xxx







-Professional Tenor serial nr. 9xxx





 

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That tenor is not a Professional 2000. It's an older model Professional horn...it's the same horn as the Martin Busine, probably made in the 60s.
 

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I used to play an old Grassi tenor back in high school....not sure what model it was.
 

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I have that very tenor Grassi here now (the one with the black fabric background). It was on eBay, and I bought it. The bell engraving includes "Ida Maria Grassi". The only mark at the right thumb is:

9280
MADE IN ITALY

(The above is in tiny letters).

UPS brought it this evening, and have not played it yet.
 

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The LH table of the 2000 model looks like the one of SML!
 
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Found a ''Wonderfull'' model!!!

Found this on the internet
A ''wonderfull'' model

It's really different from the other models!

-the keywork is silverplated (not nickel) and selmer style
-The Bell brace is different
-And look at those huge pearl buttons, they were standard on this specific saxophone!
Don't know how it plays but looks fancy! haha





 

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Yep, that's the one! And if this pictures come from Holland it might very well be the one I've just bought :)....nice isn't it?
 
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yeah thats the one.
I wanted to buy it, but I wasn't fast enough..... how much did you pay for it milandro?
 

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a fair price :)....sorry about that man!
 
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