Hassles, how do you like your Kohlert and Hohner so far? I have tenor and alto Bixley stencils that are very fun, though the tenor is mouthpiece-picky. I've been interested in some time in the President tenors, which are said to have a fantastic tone, but haven't heard much about the altos.
OK - well the little President arrived today from Germany via an estate sale via Ebay and.....lots of dimples on the neck, low C# bent 'but' strangely enough sealing, old pads hardened, neck cork mostly gone, metal Berg Larsen mouthpiece with uneven rails adhered to whatever cork remained but.....it plays
)) Its gonna' need a re-pad to be its best but it plays. The little President certainly has some weight, as opposed to my light Conn Director, and it has a rich resonant voice which speaks with confidence. If you like bright - articulate this may be too dark for you but...it expresses itself without apology and indeed speaks proudly.
Overall the sax is in pretty good shape physically but **** - for those of you who've never played one I suggest you buy beg or borrow one at the earliest convenience and experience this for yourself. I should not be so surprised because I have a tenor president and yes I think if you like one you will equally like the other. It's gonna' be hard to part with this but I sourced this for someone I consider more worthy than myself. Oh **** again - I'm gonna' hunt one down for me ;-) This little alto has no additional high F# palm key (as my later model tenor has) but who cares......I just want one for me
))) Max (Keilwerth) was marvelous