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do you know which Taiwanese company makes them and why would an Ishimori Taiwanese made Woodstone cost 400% more of another horn made at the same factory?
I don't know where they are made but it's a beautiful looking and playing horn so perhaps it is more expensive to make than others?

+ all Ishimori equipment is notoriously expensive.
 

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I think this is a translation from the description on the Ishimori website:

'...The Wood Stone New Vintage Tenor Saxophone

"Ishimori Woodinds has finally completed the Wood Stone tenor saxophone by combining their knowledge and experience of repairing saxophones which has been accumulated for half a century. This majestic tenor, features an incredible fast action and excellent feel and a super intonation. The sound characteristics are reminiscent on the great power and quality of a Selmer Radio Improved tenor and the incredible darkeness of an early 57 or 58xxx Selmer MK VI tenor. You can blow comfortably through the whole range but yet feel the back pressure of those old Selmers.

The Vintage Lacquer model is darker color, and adds the dark and rich overtones often found on the early Mark VI� sound. This horn has NO high F# and this definitely adds greater qualities to the instrument.

This saxophone has a logo, �Wood Stone� on the bell. This means a Holy original saxophone. The Arabesque design on the bell brings premium accents.

Ishimori received a patent on the screw-fixed thumb rest, �Wood Stone hard rubber thumb rest�, which is attached on the saxophone. Also, the thumb rest uses quality hard rubber so it leads to resonance and quick response. The sound becomes warm and resonant.

This model has the Wood Stone thumb hook‡T. This hook has interspaced between a body and itself, which enhances resonance and makes it easier to control sound volume through the whole range and to control tone color. It can also improve the quality of the D, E and F sound which often become unclear.

The Wood Stone neck joint screw and lyre screw are attached to this saxophone. They use silver alloy for these screws. This can improve sound quality and make the sound softer.

The elegant engraving on the bell is designed only for this saxophone. This fascinating design is engraved elaborately by skilled Ishimori craftsmen.

The neck features a fantastic response and rich sound. It is modeled after the Selmer SBA necks however; Ishimori also makes use of our knowledge in the designing of this neck and it shows on every note you play.

Almost all the saxophones use glue to put together a body and a bell and this way can stop resonance. But they solder them in order for the saxophone to vibrate from the neck to the bell, which can improve sound volume. You can also find the Arabesque design on the ring of the body
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I'm guessing that maybe the neck, thumb rests, engraving, neck joint screws, body to bell soldering etc... are the 'original' design element perhaps?
 

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These tenors feature the Selmer BA/SBA style octave neck octave key like the new Viking M40 tenors. Hmmmmmm...
Yep, the viking M40 looks very similar to my Ishimori. Same neck, keywork, dark lacquer, engraving pattern etc...

http://viking-instruments.com/?products=viking-legend-series-acoustic-balance-m40-tenor-dark-lacquer

As much as it pains me to admit it, with the split bell key guards and additional engraving the Viking actually looks better and cheaper :(
 
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