I've been playing it since last Friday night after getting home from work and haven't stopped...well, maybe for a bite to eat. Anyway, I love it. BION, it's lighter than my LA Sax tenor and the keywork is very fast and smooth. It took just a few minutes of playing the SA80 to know it was the keeper and the LA-850 was soon to become history. The tone is better, as you might imagine, but I'm hard-pressed to supply the appropriate adjectives for an accurate description of it. My wife said it's the best of all the horns I've owned and played, and that says a lot to me.Randall said:Hi Rob,
Interested to know your impressions of the SA80! How long have you been playing it?
Similarly, when I got my 151K Mark VI I expected everything but a loud tenor. And it turned out to be the loudest I have (I don't know if this happens because it "encourages" to put more air into it...:? ). Mind you, my others are not reputed to be quiet either.Randall said:I have been a Series I detractor for a long time, honestly, but I have played one that was a real paint peeler (belongs to a buddy) and he is absolutely the loudest tenor player I have ever heard in my life. I played the horn and loved it, much to my surprise.....
I think I read this in another thread which is what got me to thinking about, and looking for, a Series III neck and how it might do the same for my Series I. The SOTW'er from whom I purchased this SA80 was also selling two other necks at the same time, but neither was a Series III. He had/has a 54 matte finish and a Barone engraved by DuMars, but I'm not sure how either of those might improve the SA80 sound.sessionsax said:I have a Series I tenor that I use a Series III neck on and it works great -- I like it much better than the stock neck. If you like Mark VIs it puts the Series I much further into Mark VI territory.