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My dilemma, as described in the other post referenced above by saxcop, is that I KNOW that I love the way the early 300xxx Zephyrs sound. But couldn’t afford one at this time. I just purchased - it hasn’t been shipped yet - a 26xxxx with a repad. I’ve had one from this same era before that, as someone said above, had a kick *** sound to it. I woke up and tore up a jam one night with its sound even though I was nowhere near the best tenor player in the room. Give a Zephyr a ‘LIVE’ room and you won’t forget hearing it!! But my experience is that those slightly later ones have a much more full sound at the top. The two Zephyrs - 1 I owned and another I tried - in the earlier range, thinned out at the top. One friend says “that’s the set up. They sound just as good.” But I can’t quite get a consensus. So. It is probably just an individual taste thing or a ‘setup’ issue. Either way. A mid ‘40’s 10 M will remain my main horn. But I LOVE to have a Zephyr around!! I love their unique sound !! So. That’s my two cents: The earlier ones are thinner at the top. The three I’ve owned from 305xxx to 353xxx were wonderful horns that sold as soon as I could get someone in the door to try them.

But - I am LOOKING for someone to tell me that these 26x,xxx range Zephyrs sound just as good and that my experiences are just too anecdotal. And. When DID the bore change? I am assuming that what I’ve heard - 27xxxx something - accounts for the difference I hear in tone quality. Anyone agree or disagree please.
 

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Here is my anecdotal input regarding the mid 40's Zephyrs. I own a 269xxx Tenor, 1945'ish, post war - so it has the rounded keys and clover pinkie cluster. I couldn't say if my horn has the same bore dimensions as an older Zephyr, a Super 20, or possibly a Zephyr Special - but I can certainly get a modern sound out of it. With my style of play, and that may be more a factor than anything else, I can pull a throaty/edgy tone out of this horn fairly easy - and that is with a Link style or a higher baffle MP. It does play loose, so you need to know where you are going musically or it can give you some of intonation issues. But, that looseness is one of it's strengths, it can be a very expressive horn.

As far as sounding thin in the upper register, I think it sounds fine up top. However, I have a fairly "bright" MP set up, that and my style of play may be correcting for this.

I guess any vintage horn is going to have it's pain points.
The 266xxx arrived. Unplayable from F down!! Except low B.B. which was big full and as booming as you want. I loved the core sound of the horn and th high notes were fine. But there were $500 and up of repairs needed to get it playable. So I returned it. But I wanted it!! It really ripped AND it sounded warm and full in the range that played: The best of my experience with a Zephyr that was not over a 300xxx. Thanks for your response. I won't be concerned again. Except. I'm not sure I'll buy one from someone who isn't a player and I don't think this seller is.
 
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