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There are some very decent instruments coming out of Taiwan these days. No slave labor in Taiwan! I have extensive experience with the Unision brand and other student saxes which are produced in Taiwan. They Are as good as or better than Yamaha Yas-23's. Trust me, those taiwanese know what the heck they are doing in saxophone manufacturing. together!Check out this website! This company is producing very beautiful, just supermodel saxophones with LOTS of awsome bells and whistles. Horns made of solid Silver AND solid nickel silver, Dumarsesque engravings, BLUE (!) mother of pearl keytouches, and other really slick features. I would just BET that these horns kick butt. The website boasts that these are the amongst the worlds finest saxes, and I'm intrigued at the idea of haveing something exotic like a solid nickel silver, Crazy engravings and BLUE mother of pearl touches tenor. DROOL!:!:

http://www.sbv.com.tw/service.html
 

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Remember that beauty is only skin deep! However, I am sure that these horns are up to par with other student horns. What I like about the site is that they have an EXPLICIT warranty. What I don't like is that they seem to focus more on how the horn looks instead of how it plays.

Sure are pretty little things, though! Even though colored key touches are not my cup of tea, I understand that there are some who like them.
 

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ianhart said:
Remember that beauty is only skin deep! However, I am sure that these horns are up to par with other student horns. What I like about the site is that they have an EXPLICIT warranty. What I don't like is that they seem to focus more on how the horn looks instead of how it plays.

Sure are pretty little things, though! Even though colored key touches are not my cup of tea, I understand that there are some who like them.
Now dont be so quick to stereotype these as student horns. These folks are taking thier craft as seriously as anybody. These people take pride in their work, and don't be surprised if these horns sneak up on the big boys. When it comes to horns manufactured in Taiwan, I for one am a believer all the way. This is not some 175.00 hunk o Chineese Wallmart slave labor toxic junk as seen on ebay. Nickle silver... blue MOP touches... yeah! I want one NOW. Go get 'em Taiwan!
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Just curious, do you have any clue as to the cost? They have conveniently not stated any prices on the website.

I may be ordering a tenor mouthpiece from them for pep band, pending a response to my email regarding price. Hopefully not too expensive! If I go through with the purchase, I will make sure that I review the piece. My feeling is that if the quality of worksmanship on the mp is good, then maybe the same can be said for the saxes.

If you DO get one, could you post a review of it? I am definitely interested in the "obscure" brands, and will be in the market for a tenor or bari soon. In other words, hopefully they aren't horribly expensive, and are of decent quality.
 

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That tenor looks to be an alto..... pretty though. Someone was selling a few TK horns on ebay not so long back and claimed they were out of the same factory that makes P. Mauriats.... Who knows ......
 

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These are definitively high quality horns.

I promised myself not to preannounce anything, but I visited Taiwan last week and you can expect an announcement shortly 'on a WEB site near you!'

Stay tuned...
 

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They need to hire a good translator. That ebay listing has my scam alert on. No details of the sax or why it is a good horn. It seems a bit much to just buy the sax based on the description. I would have ignored the ebay listing and probbably have..I can't remember.

I just emailed the seller asking him why I should buy it, as it looks like a scam listing on ebay as is and that he needs to work on his description. I asked him to list all the features of the saxophone for me. I also asked him if he was the manufacturer.
 

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Same as Mauriat? more info needed.

hey Terjeo, you seem to have the inside dirt on these. ARe these the same as Mauriat? The Mauriats didn't really do it for me. That matt finish is not my cup of tea, nothing special in the tone dept., and I saw a Mauriat alto with serious manufactuing defects a few days ago. Rolled tone holes that were just a horrendous mess, uneven andonly half finished. I told the kid to return the horn to Sam Ash immediately. Are these better/different animals?
 

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Hi LateNiteSax,
This factory in Taiwan has produced OEM horns for a long time, most of them to the customer's specification. The T.K Melody is their first attempt to market their own brand. I've been asked to not discuss specific brands, but this is a different sax than the OEM line(s) they have. All the saxes I tested were T.K Melody branded, none of which had rolled tone holes.

Give me a few weeks and I will have much more information!

Terje.

PS: I'll be in NYC next week from Tuesday to Friday, staying at the Hilton on 6th Ave. If you're in the area and like to meet please send me a PM!
 

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T k melody info

Hi, what does OEM stand for? Ok, looking forward to learning more about these. Perhaps they are upping the ante with quality for these as they are a pro line. They seem to know what people want, hopefully these horns will be good. The Unisons are nice bright responsive horns, which is what I like. I live near NYC, if you have some prototypes and are in town, I would love to blow them.
 

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LateNiteSax said:
Now dont be so quick to stereotype these as student horns. These folks are taking thier craft as seriously as anybody. These people take pride in their work, and don't be surprised if these horns sneak up on the big boys.
LateNite, it's just some fancy engraving. Did you notice the word 'saxophone' included in the engraved logo? Kind of redundant... Just in case you couldn't tell what it was you're looking at, it's spelled right out for you. juz a little eye candy my friend... but hey, give 'em a try and let us know. :)
 

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Sorry, don't have any horns yet; hence my initial statement about 'preannouncement'.

OEM=Original Equipment Manufacturer
Original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, is a term that refers to a situation in which one company purchases a manufactured product from another company and resells the product as its own, usually as a part of a larger product it sells. OEM is the company that originally manufactured the product. (Wikipedia®)
 

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TK's are different than OEM

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Hi LateNiteSax,
This factory in Taiwan has produced OEM horns for a long time, most of them to the customer's specification. The T.K Melody is their first attempt to market their own brand. I've been asked to not discuss specific brands, but this is a different sax than the OEM line(s) they have. All the saxes I tested were T.K Melody branded, none of which had rolled tone holes.
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They are different in design? Quality and manufacture? materials? Overall probably a bit better made? Thanks
 

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T K Melody Youtube

Ok backer, who do you work for? Who sent you? DuMars?!!
 
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