the pads are made of a titanium disk with a thin layer of neoprene glued underneath, so one might say the pad is the neoprene disk but it wouldn’t be correct because that neoprene disk wouldn’t work without being coupled to the titanium disk above and the pivoting elastic centre which makes sure the pad is sealing. While the toptone pads which could be fitted to “ normal” horns are a more complex job which has to include in the pad the pivoting action.
This video in Russian shows the installing of a toptone pad on a Normal saxophone
Toptone saxophone haven’t been made for years, so all there is, is what’s left in few shops which still sell some left over stock or the “ pre-owned” market . Mine has the original papers and price and it was 1695€.
Mine says “ Holland” but not “ Made in Holland” which probably could indicate that they were assembled here with parts made elsewhere, probably Taiwan, or even be made completely abroad and in that case Taiwan would be the most likely place where a horn like this would have been made.
Despite my good Taiwanese contacts I have been unable, so far, to find out more about this. But I will try to find out if there was ever a Taiwanese connection.
Interestingly I think that the “ vintage” model was coated in Titanium carbon nitride (very fashionable in the ’90) which is a rather unusual coating for a saxophone and rather difficult to apply so not many companies would have had the technology to actually be able to do this. This should narrow down the number of those who could have made this horn.
I am going to make a cheeky comment............what would be the influence of the Titanium Carbon Nitrite on the sound of a saxophone? :twisted:........don’t say! I don’t want to know!:faceinpalm:
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