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After going around and around searching for a great specimen in the era I wanted, I have decided to buy the Super 20 Tenor at Gayle's site - 343XXX - still listed at vintagesax.com - attached a pic here. This is going to be my first pro tenor (I have a YTS-52 that I play now), and my first King.

I am excited to be purchasing a horn that should suit my needs well.(jazz/funk/ska/reggae).

I will be providing an update on it once it arrives - I don't expect to be able to play it until Tuesday the 25th, as I will be out of the country until then.

The waiting will be tough, but at least I get to go to London to take my mind off it. :)
 

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Be careful. Be very careful. The power can change you if you're not careful.

I was once young and believed in things that were true and good. I then purchased my Super 20 tenor and I found myself in a new world inhabited by those older and more worldly than I. I was transported into the underbelly of society to scream a primal scream for ever after.

Son, be careful. The quest you are about to undertake will make you something you have never imagined. Pray for the knowledge and the stamina to handle the power.
 

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You won't be disappointed. Many of the greats chose to play a King for good reason.
 

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I'll be listening here in Va. on the 25th- surely I'll be able to hear it. Congrats- I think you're gonna love it! (mine's a 333XXX)
 

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Yes, do as wise Marty says, be very careful, this thing has the power to change you and change everybody around you too.......within itself it contains all the good an all the evil on earth.....congratulations.....looks like a million dollars and a full pearls too.....where is the emoticon for envy?
 

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Courage

Congrats and bon courage (French word for good luck, but I like the word courage in it because, as some have said here, you (and your fingers and neck) need to be strong for the Super 20)!

While I agree that the King has power, I have been surprised to have found one horn that is more powerful (resonant) than it: My Conn International 86M. I still can't believe it, but I have played both horns, using the same mpc/reed setup, with a mic and asked some band members to judge, and the Conn won!
 

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Could it be that all-brass S20's are less resonant than their silversonic brethren?
 

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Could it be that all-brass S20's are less resonant than their silversonic brethren?
you have only one way to know.....and that's buying one! :twisted:
 

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Milandro -

My old church band in Vietnam has an Eastlake silversonic tenor. I have played it but it is so beaten up and has leaks, so it is not that powerful a 20. But next month, I will go back to VN and bring my 20 along to compare; I am sure my King will win! ;-)

Dan -

No, this Conn was made by Selmer. Where? I don't know. Saxpics sent me a Conn catalogue with this model in it, and it says that Conn International horns are made outside of the US - wherever that may be.

Here is what ProMusicNews has to say about this horn:

http://www.pro-music-news.com/html/11/e10424um.htm

Let me try to post some pics of this horn.
 

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Ahem,....any chance you might acquire that silversonic neck for you ....or me? ;)
 

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You don't want the neck of that silversonic one in Nam; it has more dents on it than any horn you have ever seen in your life!
 

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Milandro -

Eventually, you (and I) may have to do a customized silver neck. Gloger would be a good possibility.
 

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Milandro, have you tried a silver neck on your S20? You might want to find someone else with one locally just to try it out to see if there's really enough difference to make your search worthwhile.
 

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Yellowhorn said:
While I agree that the King has power, I have been surprised to have found one horn that is more powerful (resonant) than it: My Conn International 86M. I still can't believe it, but I have played both horns, using the same mpc/reed setup, with a mic and asked some band members to judge, and the Conn won!
Try playing the Conn with a mouthpiece that the King favors. :twisted:
 

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The King sounds great with my Runyon mpc, it sound less good on my rubber Bert 100/2 one. The Conn, by comparison, sounds great on both pieces.

Do you, ther S20 players, find that your horns sound better, gigger on metal mpcs than rubber ones?
 
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