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I have a friend in Italy who is raving every day with me about how good is his new Buffet 400 tenor, bought in the UK for rather cheap.
He's a guy who plays a Mark VI, so quite a connoisseur... He was supposed to buy a P.Mauriat but, having tried both in the shop, left with the Buffet.

Who has played one of these? To what other contemporary model would you compare?
 

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Vous avez GAS mon ami!:)
 

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I see the Buffet 400's in a shop in Singapore. I will try them next time and compare with my newly acquired Super Dynaction. One thing is clear, the SDA was made in France and the 400 in China (but by Buffet, and not stencilled).
 

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Yes, the new Buffets are made in mainland China (seems in the same factory used by Topsax for sourcing) but for what I can read they are not of the same low quality of the Evettes of the '90s.

I am sure they have nothing in common with their ancestors DA and SDA...
 

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Yes, you are correct. They are same factory as Topsax Legend IV horns.

Save yourself some $$ and get the Topsax Legend IV.. great horns

I know they are behind in stock...they are still playing catch-up.
 

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Series 400 Tenor

I was so impressed with this horn, I finally bought one. Have been kicking tires for over a year. Compared this horn with several Selmers, including the Serie III and Reference 54, and couldn't believe the sound. The horn is solid, and really is well made. Tonal quality is excellent. Its obvious that Buffet is really making a statement with this horn.

If you're looking for a horn that will serve you well, and aren't one to let names determine what really matters this is an awesome instrument. I'm very happy with quality, sound, and look. Nice work Buffet!:)
 

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CdnSaxMan said:
I was so impressed with this horn, I finally bought one.
Where did you by yours and how much did it cost, if I may ask to a fellow Canadian?
 

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1stopclarinet has the Tenors for 1,800 and the bari's for 3,400. Not bad for a new proline instrument.
 

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Wow! There U.S. office is local here in Jacksonville, FL. Maybe I can pay them a visit and play some horns.

Does anyone have any opinions on their Series 400 Bari for ~$3500?
 

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Wow! There U.S. office is local here in Jacksonville, FL. Maybe I can pay them a visit and play some horns.

Does anyone have any opinions on their Series 400 Bari for ~$3500?
My daughter(it's the 12 year olds for jazz band thisa sept for JR high) and I do. We bought a lacquer bari for only $2500 on clearance from Samash.com. Solid low A key. Very well built heavy horn. Clear tone w/some edge and superb intonation!!!! Great ergos too!!!
 

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We actually bought it based on saxoholic reveiw of the 400 alto and the fact that Lauren Sevian is a endorser. I figure if she plays it in the Mingus big band and the dancing w/ the stars big band it has to be a pretty decent sax.
 
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