Firstly I'd like to introduce myself as a new member of the SOTW forum-
Hi I'm Max.
I was wondering if any of you had any opinions/insights into the relevence to a horn's sound of a high f sharp key.
I was lucky enough to have a chat with the designer of the reference alto, Pierrick Pedron, and he told me that he had asked selmer not to put a top f sharp key on the reference alto. Apparently more metal near the bottom of the crook (due to the lack of another tone hole) makes the horn sound better.
Selmer have just released their new limited edition flamingo/africa reference models which have no top f sharp key.
I own a reference which I bought at the end of 2003- one of the first to enter the UK- and I pretty much only use altissimo f sharp anyway. I'd be interested to know if the lack of this key would make any diff to the over-all sound of the horn.
Btw this is a general sax topic; I'm just using the selmer as a point of reference.