Agree, well not for listening pleasure anyway but those who really want to get into the differences between two instruments (don't look at me!) would probably need something more scientific.Excellent choice - as no one on this forum likely wants to hear someone else play a bunch of long-tones on two different instruments.
Reverb?I don't think the recordings with reverb / background are so helpful
I agree, slight reverb gives some distance and ability for the sound to breath more. Too much reverb on the other hand is just annoying and tends to cloud the sound.Reverb?
Reverb normally just makes things sound more natural, as in this case. I think people can here the differences in source sound beyond any slight amounts of reverb.
And any differences in the source will also be echoed in any reverb there may be.
Dull and soundless sounds bad! Did you have your keys opened up a fair ammount? The sba needs some venting to speak.So yrs ago I take my beautiful '49 SBA tenor to the gig for the first time. I had just come to Vegas and this was a good gig, big stage..I'd had the SBA for awhile, never gigged on, the thing was absolutely like new.. I never took it out of the house, I did have the original pads replaced by one of NorCal's best techs. The horn was the BOMB from all angles. There is one on eBay right now for 50K,, mine was nicer.. So this SBA was ready right..?
Well here we go, a big hall, me standing mid-stage with a warm-up trio and they provide NO mic..So there I was, first tune and buried. The horn felt freakin, dull and soundless..I missed my VI sooooo BAD. With that baby I can hit the back wall no mic easily.
Somehow that SBA just wouldn't cut for me even with a Super King on it. I never looked at that SBA the same again..was it the horn..??
...well I played my VI tenor for decades before I got the SBA and I know what it will do...
I got 10K for the SBA, still got my VI
Yes I suppose could be it needed more venting..Dull and soundless sounds bad! Did you have your keys opened up a fair ammount? The sba needs some venting to speak.
My SBA I think sounds darker than my mk6. What I like about the mk6 is the strong and stable mid register and it can take more air. The serial of my mk6 is 168xxx so some say its a bland sounding horn, a bit more sterile sounding. I don't know but its not as organic as the SBA. A bit colder sound but I like the more brighter edge.I preferred the Mark VI in both compares. In my ears it sounds a bit darker and stronger and more even over the whole range. The SBA sounds a bit more alive, but my personal taste seems to go to darker the last years. I would have used a bit less reverb in the recording (only some room, without tail).
But as always you sound very good on both horns and they are actually very close.
I have a SBA like yours (536xx, with the keys opened to the max) and mine is a very loud horn and I've not often played a better horn. One which I judged as a better horn was the 57xxx Mark VI of my Big Band band leader, a very strong playing and slightly darker sounding horn than mine which also could take a bit more air than my SBA. A tech told me once that the keys on a VI can be more open compared to a SBA (where the left hand pinky table is a bit in the way).