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Recently I got the opportunity to buy a Grassi Professional 2000 tenor. According to the serial numbers list here on SOTW, it should be made in 1987 or 1988.

It's not much of a looker; I don't think Grassi were known for the lacquer quality. But the intonation is excellent, and it has a great sound. To my ears, it is definitely "Selmerish" (broad statement, I know). Of course, the logo is an outright Selmer copy (how did they get away with that!?).

So ... here are some photos to give you an idea:









 

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compliments for your new saxophone.

As you can see this horn has the compensated mechanics known as “ balanced action” mechanics introduced by selmer recognizable by the 4 parallel rods ( UNLIKE the “ standard “ & “ Jade Rollers” model!)
 

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compliments for your new saxophone.

As you can see this horn has the compensated mechanics known as “ balanced action” mechanics introduced by selmer recognizable by the 4 parallel rods ( UNLIKE the “ standard “ & “ Jade Rollers” model!)
Indeed, and unlike the earlier "Professional" model as well. I believe that the Wonderful model was the first Grassi with "balanced action" keywork?
 

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I don’t know, I think the wonderful was contemporary to other models but this designation referred to some details, the wonderful had silverplated mechanics (not nickel plated or brass) that model had the option of having very unique rectangular touch pearls but I am not sure that this option was unique to that model alone.

Unfortunately the last of information has gone lost.
 

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After tonight's practice session ... the sound is really good (my Martin will have to put up a fight to remain in the top spot :razz: ), intonation is excellent, and no warble on the lowest notes.

The only thing, and it's something I have to solve; the right thumb hook is killing me. It's a fixed thumb hook unfortunately, and after a while it digs in into the knuckle of my thumb. I probably need to put some rubber cushioning around it, or do something clever with a cork liner.
 

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It is possible to remove that thumb rest ( not without burning the lacquer though) and to install another one witha more comfortable removagle and adjustable rest, however you should really have minimal pressure on it if you distribute better the weight on the cord or harness.

I that case the thumb receives practlically only the role to pivot the weight and keep the distance from the body, not holding the saxophone.
 

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Yes, I know, and I might try it with another strap first. The issue is that it is curved in the wrong way, for players with the knuckle in a different position.

Since indeed the thumb doesn't (or shouldn't) hold the weight, I thought about trying playing with the thumb just above the rest later today. Having another one soldered on crossed my mind, but I want to try the less permanent solutions first.
 

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The issue is that it is curved in the wrong way, for players with the knuckle in a different position.
Here is the issue; the thumb hook of my Martin (pictured above) does not curl around. That works great for me.

However, the Grassi thumb hook does curl around, and digs into my thumb. Changing hand position doesn't work for me (yet).

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I don’t think this is the original bend it looks like someone has bent it that way.

You could try to make that bend more open by hammering gently with a wooden hammer (or a brass one) around a wooden ideally shaped (hammer handle?) object. But things may go wrong and the thumbrest may come of which, since the lacquer is pretty damaged any way,, will give any good tech the chance to install a modern removable and positionable rest, you could even buy one of the fancy ones.
 

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I don’t think this is the original bend it looks like someone has bent it that way.
You may well be correct in that ... or maybe it is perspective distortion from the camera? A thumb rest like on the Martin (without a backwards bent) would be ideal.
 

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you can easily buy that from the Blazersatelier in Tilburg
http://www.blazersatelier.nl

I know they fabricate parts and custom parts too. They are Martin specialists.
 

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Problem fixed ... it is perfect now.
 
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