I didn't -- that's why I listed it as a question. The fact that they don't discuss (or show) the keywork fabrication in the video suggests to me that it's area where cost-saving measures have been implemented.Where did you catch that the keywork was being manufactured elsewhere?
The value engineers and accountants will destroy the reputation of a Business and Brand that has been world class since saxes were first popular - if that is the only way they can compete, then it's probably the slippery slope.....I agree that it has peaked my curiosity. However, it would be disingenuous of them to state that the sax is "manufactured" rather than "assembled" in the same factory if the keywork is made elsewhere. My hope is that they keywork is still manufactured in Mantes-la-Ville but with a greater reliance on automation and modern machinery... Although, I wouldn't be shocked if we find out otherwise.
My paperwork from Conn-Selmer shows that an S80 C* mouthpiece is included.The Axos thus appears to differ from the Selmer Paris pro horns in the following ways:
My impression from this video is that the SeleS Axos saxophone is more clearly being positioned as a "non-pro" horn (intermediate? advancing student?) than the SeleS Presence clarinet, which just seems like a less expensive professional instrument. The SeleS Prologue alto sax mouthpiece is being marketed as a student piece; wonder if it, or an S80, will ship with the Axos horn.
- Less hand work on tube (bells are machine-fabricated?)
- No hand engraving?
- Keywork manufactured elsewhere? (the biggie -- not addressed in the video)
- No blue enamel on neck.
That's a good sign, I think. (At least for the Axos; maybe not such a good sign for the Prologue mouthpiece.)My paperwork from Conn-Selmer shows that an S80 C* mouthpiece is included.
Is it being outsourced within France (an "industrial collaboration"), or is it being fabricated at Selmer's own factory?Also, I have spoken at length with people at the factory and they are NOT indicating that keywork is being outsourced to other countries.
I cannot comment 100% accuracy for you unfortunately. I can say that there is a little bit of both, but I cannot testify to percentages of what to where, etc...Is it being outsourced within France (an "industrial collaboration"), or is it being fabricated at Selmer's own factory?
I just spoke with someone from Selmer the other day, and had this exact question, and from what she said "Everything on the horn is made in France, but the keywork is outsourced within France".That's a good sign, I think. (At least for the Axos; maybe not such a good sign for the Prologue mouthpiece.)
Is it being outsourced within France (an "industrial collaboration"), or is it being fabricated at Selmer's own factory?