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I've been playing a Mark VI soprano (107,xxx) for 17 years, and now want to buy a curved soprano.
I'm seriously thinking of buying a silver curved soprano from Saxforte. Unfortunately, there's no where here (Israel) where I can see or test one.

Can you please tell me about the horn? Sound, ergonomics, construction? How thin/thick is the upper register? If you can compare it to the Mrk VI or a Yangiwasa, that would be grreat.

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segaleon said:
I've been playing a Mark VI soprano (107,xxx) for 17 years, and now want to buy a curved soprano.
I'm seriously thinking of buying a silver curved soprano from Saxforte. Unfortunately, there's no where here (Israel) where I can see or test one.

Can you please tell me about the horn? Sound, ergonomics, construction? How thin/thick is the upper register? If you can compare it to the Mrk VI or a Yangiwasa, that would be grreat.

Thanks
I never had a MKVI soprano but I tested several... I think the R&C is a completely different instrument with a real big, thick and deep tone. Something of "original", nothing to do with a standard soprano sound. It is a middle way between a straight sop and alto. Impressive? Yes! Absolutely!
Contact me in pvt if you need more info, sound files and pictures. I have a particular customized thick silver model with gold inside the bell and completely engraved (from top to inside the bell). It is keyed up to high G. Hard to find the same thick sound in other sops... almost impossible to find that high level of customization in other sops.

All the best,

Stan
 

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I have a straight Yami 475, and it has a thick (if not dark) sound vis-a-vis my P Mauriat black nickel curved sop. Even the body of the Yami is thicker, too.
 

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I think that Yani curved is the way to go......

I have played a Yamaha 675 SS (strait) for about 12 years. I was wondering about curved vs strait sound and I know that curved is a LOT easier to MIC cause you can use the same clip on that you use for the other saxes.....so I bought a Yani curved (laquer) at the advice of a repairman that I trust. I was thinking that I would keep the Yamaha strait and play both. Nope. I tried the curved and I like the sound so much better I sold my strait Yamaha. Its a fun horn to play and I love the convenience (smaller) and the tone.
My 2 cents.....try it, you might like it.
 

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Got an R1

Flew to the USA (from Israel), got myself a silver R1 through Saxforte (great service).

Incredibly happy: the sound of this thing is unbelievable. Big, rich, with a very well defined edge to it. Much more than I expected.

Thanks to those who responded.
 

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Had to drop in & say congratulations.

Enjoy to the fullest!

Do you think you will keep both horns & if so,
for different purposes of just for the love?

rabbit
 

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For now, I'll keep both, though I can't see myself playing the Mk VI in the near future.

It's almost impossible to let go of a Mk VI. I have two sons (7 and 13): can you imagine one of them becoming a player, and you telling them "Oh, yes, I had a Mk VI, but I sold it 'cause I didn't want to play it any more?".
 
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