That's why I said "sometimes." For some people, they can be; hence all the extra hardware on some horns. And you don't have to paste in a definition of "intractable"; I don't use words that I don't understand.I've never known them to be a intractable problem on alto, tenor or bari.
My sense is that Peter Ponzol & co. must really believe that the trident arms do help on the alto and tenor ProOne horns. Whether that's true or not, who can say? I've written in another thread that I have no idea whether the double arms on my Yanagisawa alto make a difference. I do know, however, that my Yany tenor works just fine with only single arms. Anyway, the alto and tenor probably established the trident arms as a "signature" feature of the ProOne horns, such that Antigua was reluctant to omit them from the ProOne soprano, lest customers think they weren't getting the full set of innovations.Absolutely I agree, but I also think they are unnecessary on any horn. The saxophone has survived nearly 200 years without them. I think the ProOne is a great horn (you can see my glowing praise o the Antigua website) but I think it would be just as good without them.
That was in your first thread on the ProOne sop, and you learned that the answer is no. This thread was supposed to be for speculation about the features.As I asked in the beginning, has anyone actually played one of these, especially the soprano?
Buy it from a British dealer and ship it here. Have you seen the Antigua prices over there? At sax.co.uk, the ProOne Alto is $1499, and the ProOne tenor is only $1688. Just wait for the soprano to appear.The street price on the sopranos is at least $2750. That is a lot to me right now, and for that much, there a lot of options in used saxes in great condition.