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There's a few people on the board who have Orsi saxes, I know. I'm curious: they're marked Prof. Romeo Orsi (or at least the older ones I've seen are) - does anyone know what the Prof. stands for? Professional? Professor? Apparently they weren't marked thus until after Romeo Orsi's death, so might it mean 'late' or 'after' or something similar?

Not of earth-shattering import, but I've wondered about it for quite a while (I know, I know, I should get a life ... :D ), and would welcome enlightenment.
 

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it means Professor (Professore), this title could be and still is applied to anybody teaching in any school after primary school, it doesn't mean necessarily that Sig. (Signor) and Prof. Romeo Orsi was teaching at University. He taught at the conservatoire in Milan, and was even assistant principal, hence his title. He is credited to have introduced major innovations in the clarinet making
 

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I've got an Orsi alto but I've not been able to find out anything about it. Orsi stopped making saxes a while back and I guess they were never considered much more than a student models. I've had mine to a couple of shops and they say it's not worth fixing but I plan on doing so in the future, if not just for sentimental reasons. (Hoping for a grand kid in the not quite foreseeable future since my girls aren't interested in the sax.) It took me through some competions back in high school and performed admirably. Took me to first chair in honors band two years running in high school. The first two years were 2nd chair. Throw in a little jazz "stage" band in there and I've had a blast with it. This all with some cheap little plastic mouthpiece! I'd be interested if there is anyone that has any info or could point in the right direction for some background. However, my new tenor is keeping me busy so the alto is taking a break!

Good luck!
 

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you are ill informed if you think that Orsi has ceased producing musical instruments and even more so if you think that all their instruments were and indeed would presently be of a low quality.
Especially in recent times they have concentrated in the production of very special quality instruments such as the contrabas. Their sopranino has also a good reputation.


http://www.orsi-wind-instruments.it/

http://www.shwoodwind.co.uk/Reviews/Saxes/Sop/Orsi_sopranino.htm
http://barrysacks3.com/cbassstory.htm
http://www.contrabass.com/pages/cbsax.html
 

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Indeed! Ignorant I am. Thanks for the info and the links. I slightly misspoke in my last post. I was aware that they still made instruments and I knew they did make the contrabass sax but I was totally unaware that they still made the other saxes. Way cool. Mine does not have a high f-sharp key but it does have the low B-flat. Guess the "experts" I previously consulted were not so knowledgeable either. I guess you get what you pay for, which was zero in both cases.:)

Again, thanks so very much for the info. Not that mine is of the pro quality like that on their web site, or that I can play it like a pro but it's fun to know a bit more about its pedigree. You da man! :thumbrig:
 

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Again, thanks so very much for the info. Not that mine is of the pro quality like that on their web site, or that I can play it like a pro but it's fun to know a bit more about its pedigree. You da man! :thumbrig:
:) no problem!;) Just enjoy your Orsi :D
 
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