Distinguished SOTW Member, Forum Contributor 2017
Hey Folks, I'm currently in the market for a bari, open to Low Bb or A. I ran across a 68 Zephyr this week with nickel keys that is in pretty good condition and has had a recent repad with Selmer style pads with plastic resos. Lacquer is the original yellow tone and probably 90%. Some bell lip repairs and some previous dent work, though minimal. What are your thought on these horns? On initial play test, the left hand ergos are just ok and the right hand is a real stretch. I've heard the Zephyrs have a big tone but this horn plays pretty quiet with my Brilhart piece, much more subdued than my last bari, a The Martin. Opinions on the late horns and playability or mods to improve would be greatly appreciated. Keywork reminds me of a King Cleveland I owned and curious if mechanicals were cheapened late in the run. Any thought on value for early Clevelands versus the late Eastlake horns like this one?