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Hi, I recieved this morning a VEGA soprano saxophone who is a Martin Handcraft stencil. It has the famous Martin beveled tone holes. I bought it off e-Bay. I was extremely excited to get it as Canada Post was recently on strike and it caused huge delays on deliveries from outside Canada.

Anyway, I checked the horn; the body is straight, it looks nice for its age and the mechanics looks to work fine. So I put a mouthpiece and a reed on the horn and.....damn it is hard to play. Tried again, then tried all of my 5 different soprano mouthpieces, then changed reed number. Nothing works. After 15 minutes trying to play it, the lower octave is almost unplayable while the higher is VERY hard to get. This is the first time such thing happens. I'm a comebacker and I began with soprano after a 10 years interruption and I didn't have so much pain to produce a sound with my other modern soprano.

I had to go to work so I couldn't check the leaks with a light. The e-Bay seller described the horn as ''can play all the scale''....

This is my first experience with an old soprano like this one; I assume they are surely not as easy to play as modern sopranos, but playing my Cannonball is a child play compared to that Vega.

Do I miss something? does it needs a special mouthpiece to play those horns? I play a Selmer S80 C* and an Otto Link Tone Edge 6 with Vandoren 2 1/2. I also have a Jody Jazz HR *6 and a CLaude Lakey *6. I can't make the horn sound with any combination.

Thanks for your comments, I appreciate any opinion.
 

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Thanks guys. I should have time to check tonight. If the problem isn't obvious, I will just pack it and ship it back to the seller. But if I do it, I'm afraid I will loose the $55 of import fees I had to pay.
 

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It's certainly NOT the make/model of the horn.

It might be worth taking it to a tech for an estimate. If the tech figures out what it is, perhaps you could contact seller and suggest a partial refund; noting that if you cannot get help in paying for repair, you are likely gonna just return it for a refund.
Oftentimes that news makes sellers....um...agreeable.
HHmmmm, I confess this e-Bay experience wasn't the most pleasant of all those I had. First, I paid $75 to get a shipment by Fedex in order to avoid delays due to Canada Post strike. It happened Fedex didn't transport the horn from door A to door B but gave the horn to CP as soon as they crossed the border. 10 days delay....then I realised the seller paid only $32 of shipping fees and didn't tell a word about it. I asked for a refund ( more or less $46 ); I recieved a refund of $18. Asked some explainations but got nothing. Not sure asking help to repais will be welcome.
 

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Oh boy, no need to go further. I plugged a light in the horn and the only keys that do not leak are, starting from the bottom: Bb, B, C and F. It goes from a light leak who needs a medium pressure to close the pad to leaks that are so large it needs a lot of pressure. The in-between keys are the worse. Didn't have time to check all the high little keys but it should be like the rest. I already see the tech bill.
 

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bit less than $550. Bummer....could be a very nice horn, but it needs to much work. After double checking I noticed some keys who will need to be straighten; then adjusting keys and pads, will surely needs new pads, some springs are too weak.... and the rest. I will send photos tomorrow.

I will pack it and send a couple of serious words to this seller.
 

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Thanks. What I don't understand is that he wrote in the description he checked for leaks and found no one....God!Of course if you push like hell on the keys you will never see a damn leak.
 
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