Would definitely be interested in any information or photos you'd be able to provide. What made you choose the Performance over the R1?
What kinda pictures? Of What? (Not familiar with construction or what to look for specifically)
I choose the Performance, because this is my first Pro Horn and I wanted something that wouldn’t leave me wanting another tenor, so something that could do everything, all styles. So something in the lines of a Jack of all trades master of none.
I loved the spread sound of the R1 (silver plated) and how it felt, but even with technique, mouthpiece and reed changes, I couldn’t get a clean focused dark sound. While with the performance even though it had a more focused and clean sound, changing reeds and mouthpieces I could get a more spread sound out of it, something feeling more like the R1, (of course still not like that, but something that suffice). All the while the performance having a much better (easier)
overall intonation (due to the R1 having the famous huge bore, giving you much more flexibility, but you also need to be more careful with your tongue and throat setting)
, especially high over High G and the palm keys. Getting stable and clean altissimo and overtones were also easier.
So even though my heart wanted the R1, my mind chose the Performance, but at least I have a good excuse to get a Two Voices Tenor later On 😂