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Hi everybody,

first sorry for my english, I'm french from Quebec.

I bought a Venus curved sop some months ago and as it's been a real positive surprise, I decided to buy a tenor sax for partys, outdoor use etc...unfortunately it wasn't a so much happy experience. I first ask to the dealer to double check the horn before shipping ; they reply the ''specialist'' was out for a week so the horn couln't be shipped before 8 days. Then, once I got the thing, it was impossible to play a note under low E. The higher F sharp had a gap at least 1/16'' and the octave pad didn't closed at all. I just can't believe this horn has been fully checked as promised...

Now believing that a saxophone is not a human heart, I decided to do the adjustments by myself and now it plays OK. Intonation and tuning are very decent for a US $250.00 sax ( using a Selmer mp ). At least better that my first Evette Buffet student sax. It's heavy, looks sturdy ...I don't know what to think about...I already bought a $2000.00 soprano that all the plastic pearl imitation fell down in a week...

Conclusion : I can't say this is a bad purchase. Hope this thread will be useful.

Cheers, Jocelyn
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I hope it stays a good horn for you. I've talked before in these threads about the Venus tenor I had which I had to do an octave key arm adjustment on, whereupon it was a wonderful horn. I wound up donating it to a school, and I wish I still had it.
The Chinese horns seem to be getting better from what I'm reading, and I think there is a place for them. Getting a decent new horn for this price is a strong plus-not everyone wants to buy some scratched-up thirty year old horn even if it is a name brand.
Keep us posted.
 

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we can just find out a horn can play when it is set up well and that´s what has been missing by your Venus tenor Jojocat.
Bring it to a sax doc and let him adjust it for you.
a bad adjusted MK6 plays badly also.

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The only good sax tech around here is so sold to Yamaha horns I bet $100 he will tell me to throw it in a garbage and buy a good old japanese horn. But, don't worry, the Venus already plays very well only with my cares.
 

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Take it in and have it properly adjusted.
Any 'good' sax tech will work on whatever the customer brings in. If they won't do the job... find someone else.
 

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Get Stephen Howards Sax manual, sorry not aware if it's for sale in the shops in Quebeck, but I guess you could get it from Amazon.

I've met sax techs who do just turn their nose up at anything that's not a well known brand. Sure they may 'work' on it, but generally their heart's not in it and the just use it as an excuse to show you that it won't work. Which in the case of the Venus instruments certainly isn't true
 

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Re : Re: My experience with the Venus tenor

Tiberius, you just exactly used the words I have in mind. Not a Selmer or Yamaha ? BBAAAARRKK!!

Same thing about Stephen Howard's book. I plan to order it in the next days.
 
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