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Watching a wind ensemble on BYUTV and one player was using as straight body black lacquer sop with an upturned angled bell. Not googling with any success. Did find a Selmer for $5k but it did not have the angled bell.

anyone know how I should search for this? Using "curved" just gets me the usual "mini alto" shape.

What is the sound benefit to the upturned bell?

thx - Craig
 

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"Saxello" is a model name by the H.N. White Co. - KING Band Instruments. Modern tipped-bell sopranos are not like the real Saxello, yet they insist on calling them "saxellos."

The Saxello had a curved neck and a bell tipped at 90-degrees. Buescher also made a tipped-bell version of their TrueTone soprano in the 1920's, with a bell tipped at a less severe angle than the Saxello. Modern makers have issued tipped-bell sopranos with the less extreme curvature of the real Saxello.

I've owned both (a King Saxello and a Rampone tipped-bell). There is little advantage, in my view to either the Saxello or the modern tipped-bell. Racking them on a gig is a real problem unless you can find a suitable stand. DAVE
 

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The phrase you're looking for, if it didn't jump out at you already is "tipped bell". No difference in tone from a straight sop, but it looks cool, eh? I'm guessing the thought was it projected better at the audience without bending your neck back to point the bell that direction.
 

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I view these as for collectors and not players. A King straight soprano in mint condition will not be much more than $1,200 whereas a King Saxello in mint condition may bring $4,000. Not worth it IMO. There also was a Lyon & Healy atempt that I have heard is not too good.
 

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many , many companies have produced tipbell sopranos (improperly called saxellos sometimes ) , aside from Rampone & Cazzani (which has tipbell alto (altello), soprano and sopranino ) most of these are from Taiwan. Here two (Mauriat and Barone) that I've found on saxontheweb archives (if ye search ye shall find......:bluewink: ) by the mouthpiece museum. They seem to be somewhat less fashionable that they were a few years ago , possibly due to the fact that they are difficult to put down and to find stands for (there are a few and there is a way to use a common alto stand to hold them)
 

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Look for a saxello.
I know the "Saxello" was a King saxophone, but say it and people know what you are talking about. I put saxello into The Google and the results came in this order:

H.N. White/ King
Wiki
King
CE Winds
Orpheo/ SaxGourmet
Saxophone Forum
Sax Stories
Rampone Cazzani
Phil Barone
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No one calls in-line skates by name, they are known as Rollerblades. This is simply the most recognized brand, and it aptly describes the product, so therefor people know them by that name.
 

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thx much for the word to search for... looks to me like Yamaha, Selmer, etc never took the dive and produced this horn. More of a curiosity than a main stream sax from what I've read. At least I got to hear it on the concert I mentioned...

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If you are interested in one, I wouldn't hesitate to call or email Phil Barone. If his saxello plays anything like the classic/ straight soprano I just sold: I would say go for it. Beautiful horn.
 

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Watching a wind ensemble on BYUTV and one player was using as straight body black lacquer sop with an upturned angled bell. Not googling with any success. Did find a Selmer for $5k but it did not have the angled bell.

anyone know how I should search for this? Using "curved" just gets me the usual "mini alto" shape.

What is the sound benefit to the upturned bell?

thx - Craig
Craig,

I'll be happy to help you although I don't keep them in stock since I never get a request for one. Feel free to give me a call or if you live out of the US I'll be happy to call you.

Phil Barone
 
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