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Hi,
I recently purchased a used Roberto Winds NYC intermediate alto saxophone and I wanted to share my impressions about it. It seems to be very carefully crafted, the engraving looks great. There's no cheapo feel at all. The case is sturdy with a very professional look (Made in Taiwan). The mouthpiece is decent. Keywork feels great, with the right springs tension. Intonation is great, I guess it's better than in my current backup saxophone (Jupiter JAS-769). The tone is very similar to Yamaha YAS-62III ("62" neck) tone, I didn't compare them side by side but I'm planning to record a couple clips comparing the alto saxophones I have now (Roberto Winds, Buescher Aristocrat 140, Jupiter JAS-769, Jupiter JAS-869, Yamaha YAS-62S and Yamaha YAS-62III).

I tried to find information about these saxophones and I had no luck, I understand that are a bit pricier, the model I purchased retails at $1995 new:
https://www.robertoswinds.com/collections/alto-saxophone/products/rw-saxophone-alto-intermediate
I paid a lot less for a used one.

I was also unable to find where this saxophone was made, Taiwan seems to be the most possible origin because the price point but that information is not available.

Do you have experiences with these saxophones? Do you have more information about where are they made?

Thank you very much in advance.
 

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Thank you very much for sharing your experiences.

Since I bought it used I'm not able to assess the quality of a brand new item. It's true I found and fixed key play issues and leaks but I thought these were related to the previous use, when I said "It seems to be very carefully crafted" I was talking about soldering work and finishing. Certainly, these issues are unacceptable in a brand new $2000 saxophone because there are a lot of serious contenders in the $1000-$2000 range. I noticed about the uninspiring tone but I always considered it a trade off with the tone evenness/responsiveness, a lot of people refer to the Yamaha tone as being uninspiring, maybe that's what I found in this saxophone's tone.

Do you know where these saxophones are produced?
 

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Not much of a difference but I seem to like the JAS869 best
That's true! I was using mostly the JAS-769 but after doing these recordings I'm reconsidering it. BTW, yesterday I used the JAS-869 instead the JAS-769 in a big band concert.
 
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