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Has anyone played the new selmer Omega tenor or alto? The whole body is engraved, and it has kid pads, sounds like a Conn, and now I think I like it more than the Mark VI! These saxes are amazing. I think that it plays better than a VI, (I will leave that up to you guys), The man at My music store said that it is based off the La Voix series saxophones, and now I just heard about two other saxophone professors who only allow(ed) their students to play S80 Serie III's and Mark VI's, are allowing their students to buy these. My saxophone teacher even likes these, and he has been to over fourty countries playing proffessional saxophone. What are your opinions?
 

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according to a parts list i've seen recently for the Mark VI, the selmer omega has many parts that fit the six. not exact copies, but parts that fit and will function.i haven't played one though.
 

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I've played a La Voix, (belongs to a student of mine), and it doesn't play anything like my VI................
 

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Is this a "Really Good Omega, Not so great VI" situation? ;)

I have been curious about them, but I don't like the fully engraved thing. How much do these generally run?
 

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Has anyone played the new selmer Omega tenor or alto? The whole body is engraved, and it has kid pads, sounds like a Conn, and now I think I like it more than the Mark VI! These saxes are amazing. I think that it plays better than a VI, (I will leave that up to you guys), The man at My music store said that it is based off the La Voix series saxophones, and now I just heard about two other saxophone professors who only allow(ed) their students to play S80 Serie III's and Mark VI's, are allowing their students to buy these. My saxophone teacher even likes these, and he has been to over fourty countries playing proffessional saxophone. What are your opinions?
I think the saxes are fine although I seriously doubt it's in the same catagory with a Mark V1. The La Viox is an intermediate level sax. If it's based on that it's probably the same level horn. What concerns me, even if it's none of my business, is someone putting up with a professer who only "allows" his students to buy a certain horn. What's up with that???
 

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wersax said:
I've played a La Voix, (belongs to a student of mine), and it doesn't play anything like my VI................
Daryl, the OP said:

..the whole body is engraved, and it has kid pads, sounds like a Conn, and now I think I like it more than the Mark VI! These saxes are amazing. I think that it plays better than a VI
 

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Mozart said:
may be the "professors" get their share by recommending or better said, pushing their students to use only Selmers....

cheers Mozart
I can somewhat understand it coming from those who teach more from the Rascher school of playing (forcing people on old Bueschers). There is a lot of technique that can only be used on a vintage horn. But otherwise, I feel that many other brands than selmer are worth of being played and students should be encouraged to find the saxophone that fits them. I tend to dislike most pro-Yamahas :)evil:), they just go against my tastes, but a lot of players better than me love them. Some people dislike Selmers, I consider them to be awesome horns, but its because they fit me.


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Haven't gotten a chance to play one yet, but they show some definite promise. Not sure if I like that much engraving, but if she plays good...
 

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Haven't heard of this horn. Obviously it's not the 'Omega' alto by Selmer USA from 1980. Is it a La Voix? I just looked at the Conn-Selmer site the other day and din't see this horn. I went there specifically to see what they were selling now and making in Elkhart. The answer is, only student models are being made there. The La Voix and La Vie are Asian imports.
 

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Haven't heard of this horn. Obviously it's not the 'Omega' alto by Selmer USA from 1980. Is it a La Voix? I just looked at the Conn-Selmer site the other day and din't see this horn. I went there specifically to see what they were selling now and making in Elkhart. The answer is, only student models are being made there. The La Voix and La Vie are Asian imports.
Yeah, the plant which used to produce more of Selmer's saxes shut down a few years ago. I took a pilgrimage to Elkhart a year or so ago and peered around the old factory. Was very cool. Although most of the machinery was gone, I saw probably 10 boxes just overflowing with saxophone pads. I'm not sure where there other factory in Elkhart is, I'd like to peek around it sometime.
 

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..the whole body is engraved, and it has kid pads, sounds like a Conn, and now I think I like it more than the Mark VI! These saxes are amazing. I think that it plays better than a VI

The statement, "I think that it plays better than a VI", is what I responded to; what's your point?....BTW, I've played an Omega too. Both are decent horns, IMNSHO, no more.......daryl
 

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wersax said:
Daryl, the OP said:


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..the whole body is engraved, and it has kid pads, sounds like a Conn, and now I think I like it more than the Mark VI! These saxes are amazing. I think that it plays better than a VI

The statement, "I think that it plays better than a VI", is what I responded to; what's your point?....BTW, I've played an Omega too. Both are decent horns, IMNSHO, no more.......daryl
Daryl, I wan't making a big "point".:)

It just appeared that when you said you'd played one and it didn't play
'..anything(your emphasis,BTW..) like [your] MKVI '; it seemed to imply the
OP was claiming it did play like a MKVI .

I didn't get that from his initial remarks.
Still don't after re-reading all the comments.

He said he liked it better than a VI, and I only tried to clarify it; that's all.

Anyway, no big deal, and no offense, was intended.
 

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This must be a new Omega -as mentioned - i wonder if Kessler knows anything about it. If I recall they stopped making the other Omegas about 6 years ago ?? of course the good old ones were from the 1980s


ChuBerry47 said:
Has anyone played the new selmer Omega tenor or alto? The whole body is engraved, and it has kid pads, sounds like a Conn, and now I think I like it more than the Mark VI! These saxes are amazing. I think that it plays better than a VI, (I will leave that up to you guys), The man at My music store said that it is based off the La Voix series saxophones, and now I just heard about two other saxophone professors who only allow(ed) their students to play S80 Serie III's and Mark VI's, are allowing their students to buy these. My saxophone teacher even likes these, and he has been to over fourty countries playing proffessional saxophone. What are your opinions?
 

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Daryl, I wan't making a big "point".:)

It just appeared that when you said you'd played one and it didn't play
'..anything(your emphasis,BTW..) like [your] MKVI '; it seemed to imply the
OP was claiming it did play like a MKVI .

I didn't get that from his initial remarks.
Still don't after re-reading all the comments.

He said he liked it better than a VI, and I only tried to clarify it; that's all.

Anyway, no big deal, and no offense, was intended.
Positively no offense from me either, man; I just didn't get your point. And to be honest, I still don't. The statement that one likes X better than Y, implies a comparison; I don't see any other way. And for my purposes, the new, (or old, for that matter), Omegas are decent horns, a good "intermediate" horn, no more, no less. That's all I meant........daryl
 

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My bad; I misunderstood you, and read something else into it.

You were just saying that the horn didn't play anything like your VI.

I got it, now .
 

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I don't like the name.

What kind of a creep calls a sax omega.

Isn't that the name of the fatty acid.

I am not saying that I wouldn't buy a sax because of its name, but WOW IS THAT STUPID!
 

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Well, MK VI isn't exactly a real cool name, when you think about it. I mean, where did THAT come from.
 

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Isn't omega the last letter of the Greek alphabet? I don't think it's a reference to a fatty acid......:)
 

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Wikipedia : Omega (uppercase Ω, lowercase ω)is the 24th and last letter of the Greek alphabet. In the Greek numeric system, it has a value of 800. The word literally means "great O"

Omega is often used to denote the last, the end, or the ultimate limit of a set, in contrast to Alpha, the first letter of the Greek Alphabet. The New Testament book of Revelation has God declaring himself to be the "Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last".

It's been Marylin Manson's nickname the time of an album : "Omega And The Mechanical Animals"!!!!

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