Sax on the Web Forum banner
1 - 20 of 33 Posts

·
Distinguished SOTW Member
Joined
·
4,973 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
So I just got an R1 tenor a few weeks ago and because of how in love with it I am, I am considering buying one of their Saxellos. I've heard that their sopranos are pretty well-regarded, but wondering what your personal experiences have been. I'd be buying one new, if that matters.

I sold a Borgani tenor to help finance this, so the money is ready to go, I just need to know if I should pull the trigger...
 

·
Distinguished SOTW Member
Joined
·
2,121 Posts
So I just got an R1 tenor a few weeks ago and because of how in love with it I am, I am considering buying one of their Saxellos. I've heard that their sopranos are pretty well-regarded, but wondering what your personal experiences have been. I'd be buying one new, if that matters.

I sold a Borgani tenor to help finance this, so the money is ready to go, I just need to know if I should pull the trigger...
I've got an R&C Saxello in gold plate and it's the soprano I choose to play, over my Yani SC991, Selmer Serie III, Buffet S1, 1928 Conn. The gold plate is beautiful and it seems to be lasting very well.

It is very comfortable, the tuning is good and the tone is lovely. It plays well with a variety of mouthpieces and I have recently settled on a Drake Son of Slant (large chamber). On a couple of small chamber mouthpieces, I like the tone but found that there is a "gurgle" around G1 and G#1 - it seems to be a bit unstable, at least with me playing it.

Good luck if you do find an R&C. I would like to try other R&Cs, including the half-curved sopranino which looks extremely cute.

Rhys
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,509 Posts
I’ve had one since 2004. It’s a great soprano indeed. Very comfortable under the fingers and it has a real mellow tone, sometimes sounding almost like an alto. Mine is brushed gold plated. I’ve owned Yamaha, Conn and Martin sopranos. The R&C beats all from a complete experience perspective IMO. I’m a big fan.

I don’t care much about the semi bent bell. I think that’s makes it a piece of conversation but really doesn’t add much to the playing experience. I chose the saxello over the straight model because of the bent neck.

Often there are debates about stands for them. I use the basic Hercules peg and it works perfectly fine.

For mouthpiece my fav is a Super Session “H” I bought in the early 2000’s. But I also like the Drake SoS as well as the Soprano Planet large chamber on it.
 

·
Distinguished SOTW Member
Joined
·
14,476 Posts
Years ago I bought an R&C so-called Saxello when Woodwind & Brasswind advertised them in their periodic catalogue for $1795. It was a gorgeous looking instrument (in gold-plate) and generated a lot of buzz where ever I played it - jazz festivals, gigs, etc. Except for the old Buescher tipped-bell sops, the R&C was unique - then. But at the time, there were no known workable stands for the thing - this may have been before SOTW.

I tired of dealing with the horn when trying to play my other horns during a set. And in the end, it sounded just like all of the other sopranos I played. I say that based on some recordings I heard of our band. So, I moved it down the road and never looked back. DAVE
 

·
Distinguished SOTW Member
Joined
·
2,121 Posts
For mouthpiece my fav is a Super Session H from the ‘90s. But I also like the Drake SoS as well as the Soprano Planet large chamber on it.
Often there are debates about stands for them. I use the basic Hercules peg and it works perfectly fine.
Me too - the Hercules peg works perfectly with the semi-curved bell. I also have a SaxRax peg (just a padded and zigg-zagged rod) for semi-curved saxes and that works equally well but I don't know whether they still sell that.

Rhys
 

·
Distinguished SOTW Member
Joined
·
4,973 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Years ago I bought an R&C so-called Saxello when Woodwind & Brasswind advertised them in their periodic catalogue for $1795. It was a gorgeous looking instrument (in gold-plate) and generated a lot of buzz where ever I played it - jazz festivals, gigs, etc. Except for the old Buescher tipped-bell sops, the R&C was unique - then. But at the time, there were no known workable stands for the thing - this may have been before SOTW.

I tired of dealing with the horn when trying to play my other horns during a set. And in the end, it sounded just like all of the other sopranos I played. I say that based on some recordings I heard of our band. So, I moved it down the road and never looked back. DAVE
Reasonable. I think your impression is due more to its shape than anything, and that’s something to consider.
 

·
Distinguished SOTW Member/Forum Contributor 2008
Joined
·
1,305 Posts
I had one. Sold it because it wasn’t what I was used too (mark vi). I missed it for a long time until I got my g mezzo. Similar sound and, if I ever needed a Bb soprano again, I’d get the solid silver or Two Voices version. I’ve tried these and the copper version all different and distinct. Good luck!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,509 Posts
Oh, one thing I regret. I've got mine with extra high G key. I wish I hadn't. I never use it, and it's just another pad to worry about, that can throw the whole sax off if it has any leaks. I recommend against choosing that option.
 

·
Distinguished SOTW Member, Forum Contributor 2015-
Joined
·
35,002 Posts
I had one. Sold it because it wasn’t what I was used too (mark vi). I missed it for a long time until I got my g mezzo. Similar sound and, if I ever needed a Bb soprano again, I’d get the solid silver or Two Voices version. I’ve tried these and the copper version all different and distinct. Good luck!
Mmmmm, shiny!

R1 Silver/gold

I don’t see any of the Two Voices in my usual places, but oh my…
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
174 Posts
I really want to get a rampone saxello - tipped bell . This thread makes me hungry for one. Now if I could only find a home for my Barone and Mauriat one first…


let us know if you end up getting it
 

·
Distinguished SOTW Member
Joined
·
4,973 Posts
Discussion Starter · #18 ·

·
Registered
Tenor, alto, Bb Clarinet, Flute
Joined
·
2,604 Posts
1 - 20 of 33 Posts
Top