I played one at Roberto's shop recently---the pro model that's about $3000, in lacquered brass. I liked the Mark VI's I tried better, but they didn't put Roberto's to shame. Very consistent tone throughout all registers, reminded me a little bit of the (few) recent Selmer's I've tried. Good middle-of-the-road tone, very stable, with some buzz to it but not as bright as my Yamaha (YTS-23 student model). I found it a bit less responsive than the Selmers, and the tone less complex. Reminded me of a more modern Selmer I played recently (Serie II 54 Dir tenor...)...there was something slightly "tame" about that Selmer that this shared, though I found Roberto's a bit more open, less complex, more straightforward than the Ser. III, not necessarily a bad thing. Very solid sound, but somehow not as focused and as flexible as the VI's. I didn't feel I was able to get as great a range of tone qualities out of it as I could out of the VI's, either. This is all very subjective... bottom line is, seems worth trying.Has anyone played the Roberto's Winds tenor sax yet? I'm wondering how it stacks up against the orig. Yamaha 62. I have access to a used 62 for the same cost as the RW.
I asked, and was told that indeed it is made in Taiwan. I think it's definitely worth checking out if you're in NYC and in the market for a sax... I would NOT buy it without playing it, of course.
As for me... I now want one of those Mark VIs.... but those prices... what to do...?