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There is a mint condition Codera stencil for the japanese market named Hamata on US ebay.
Aidis Instrument http://www.aidisflute.com.tw/english/index.html - this company has primarily been a flute builder, but introduced a sax line a few years back under the brand name "Hamata". They currently produce altos and tenors in copper, brass, and nickel plated copper finishes. The keywork is finished in nickel silver on all except the brass horns. The horns have flute style point arm cups. It's a unique look, but I personally don't find it attractive. They have models with soldered tone holes and others with rotary drawn tone holes. They have rubber grommets in the screw holes, supposedly to reduce fluctuation from wear. The horns had nice action and seem reasonably well built. I test played a tenor and it was easy blowing and had a comfortable feel.
Yes, the pads are just so thin, that they are not visible at most angles. That adds to the confusion.they use conventional pads.
OP was mistaken ( amd so he says just here above) thinking that this had anything to do with Codera.
The only special thing about this horn is the “ flute-like” pointed arms
Nope, haven’t tried one. I suspect it will be like just about every other Taiwanese horn I’ve tried...very well made with a few little gimmicks built on. At least this one doesn’t say it’s a copy of a VI.None of the contributors to this thread ( there is another thread where a SOTW member has seen this and possibly tried it) have seen it from close by or, dare I say, has tried this sax.
The brand that ostensibly makes these (and that surely sells them) is the maker of well known and appreciated Taiwanese flutes, Aidis.
Their flutes are well appreciated and sold in good shops at serious prices.