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Not sure if there is a thread like this. Here are my impressions:

Conn 6M - spread
Buffet SDA - smooth
King Zephyr - dark
Selmer SA II - all round
Yamaha 875EX - bright
Buescher Super 400 - rare
Selmer USA AS100 - feel like Selmer Paris
Yanagisawa AW02 - the BEST =)




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King Cleveland - Unreliable (it literally fell apart on me at a football game)
Bundy II - It's a Bundy
Mk6 - TBH kind of overrated
400 TH&C - A revelation
 

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1934 Aristocrat -the brightest alto I've ever heard
1917 New Wonder I - very dark
1985 Bundy II - uninspiring
1965 M6 - fasssst
 

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Early 20's silver Buescher: my starter horn.
Early 20's silver King: rich sound, bad mechanics (just like this one, in fact this may be the same horn: https://www.giantstepsmusic.com/sho.../p/King-Alto-Saxophone-19151925-x32894399.htm)
221XXX Mark VI: what a stinker
101XXX Mark VI: big gooey sound
93XXX Mark VI: big gooey sound, a twin of the 101XXX, a bit more focused
56XXX silver Mark VI: Very focused, tight and sweet
Conn 24M: fat tone, great cheap horn
Jupiter JAS-669-667: decent, bright
YAS-23: decent, bright
 

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King Zephyr (used in HS) - balanced but could play very loud with edge. Tuning was so-so
King Super20 Silver Sonic - I played this as lead alto through college. Big bright and broad tone for lead alto. Tuning was also only OK and would have benefited from a complete rebuild. Kills me but I sold it for $800 back in the 80s :(
Conn 6M (356xxx) - Nice full sound that I loved. Played this for quite a few years and it really did take all that time to adjust to the key work.
Purple logo Yamaha YAS62 - Now we are talking. I gigged on this alto for about a decade. I've been primarily a tenor player but the 62 was so easy to just pick up after not playing alto for a month and have no issues on any style gig
Current horn is a Yamaha 82Z with a Barone neck. Of the altos I've owned (which is way less than the tenors I've owned) this is by far the best. Great key work, tuning, and a tone that can cover any style of music being fat, focused, but with a level of flexibility that the others lacked.
 

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New Wonder I - great horn
New Wonder II - great horn
Super 20 - great horn
MK 6 - great horn
Yani 991 - great horn
Yani W01 - great horn


All good, all professional quality, all fun to play, and if I could only play one horn any of these would be great.
 

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Vito/ Yamaha: durable. I rarely played it, but that thing was dragged everywhere and the case made a fine stool at the bus stop. So much abuse, never saw a tech. Still played top to bottom when Mom pulled it out of the closet for my nephew.
Yamaha 875 Custom: shiny. Neglected. Stolen.
Yanagisawa 990: even more shiny. More neglect. Stolen.
Steuben (?) German Engineering: shiny garbage. Almost unplayable.
Cannonball Mad Meg: not shiny at all. Brilliant player.
Selmer MKVi: pretty nice but nothing special, got a deal and had to pull the trigger. Next.
Phil Barone Classic: great alto with a lyrical voice. had a TK Melody labeled guard and a P Mauriat emblem on a brace.
The Martin Committee 2: beautiful singer. Wish I’d gotten more into this one.
Drawing a few blanks...
Phil Barone Vintage: love it, it just sings. I play tenor most of the time, but feel right at home within minutes.
 

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Martin Comm III: luscious
Kohlert Bixley stencil: raunchy
King Zephyr: comfy
King 613: shot
 

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beaugnier-37 altissimo
zephyr- natural
Buescher THC-Jazz
Buescher new aristocrat- sweet
Buescher BigB-mellow
SML -keeper
Leblanc 100- versatile
 

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, Yamaha 61 college horn fast, sweet tone
Mark 6 (dont remember serial) good tone, keyword slow compared to Yamaha
Cannonball Stone silver good horn, dark tone, had to go to the shop way too often
Yamaha 82Z this horn has punch, good tone, fast. Compared to many more expensive horns its was almost as good.
 

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In chronological order


YAS21 - stable and easy to play.

Selmer Mrk VII - Dark & rich.

King Silver Sonic - Killer laser like tone.

Yanigisawa A800 - Best horn I have ever owned.* Nice tone and very in tune.

Jupiter A7xx - Terrible intonation.

Buescher True Tune 1929 - Beautiful tone almost like a womans voice.

Grassi Professional 2000 - great horn for the money. Reminds me of the Mrk VII. My main horn.
 

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Selmer Bundy II - Dull.

Selmer Bundy I - Overrated.

Yas-23/Vito 7131 - Easy.

Buescher 400 (floral) - Lively.

Yanagisawa A880 - empty canvas.

Orsi - Velvet.
 

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1920s True Tone Buescher - leaky, silver with gold lacquer keywork, wife talked me into selling it for $40 in a yard sale back in the 90s. Sad!

Antigua Winds - Pretty gold lacquer, plays easy after some minor repairs - bought from a kid from craigslist for $200 - spent $100 to re-solder a keyguard, part of the neck and replace a couple of pads. No big deal.

Martin Imperial - turned out it wasn't the older pro model but instead the student horn, butt ugly beater, a sweet sounding horn. Something wrong with the octave mechanism
 
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