I'm looking at a used WWBW bari. Anyone know where these horns came from and are they any good? I'm a tenor player looking to double a bit on Bari - nothing fancy - we're talking the occasional song at a bar gig, church or home recording project.
Taiwan, at least a few years ago. 'Woodwind' is the house brand. Earlier they were actually re-branded 'LA Sax' horns. I've had good luck with them, having furnished several tenors to students. My requirement for such a procurement is that the horn be good enough for me to play in public. The Woodwinds met that, and in fact I thought they reminded me of the sound of a Super 20 but with Selmer keys. I have been playing a Woodwind 'saxello' soprano for over ten years, and it has survived many attempts to replace it with 'better' horns - just has a 'funkiness' to it. I wouldn't hesitate to get a Woodwind bari but look it over good and play it. Do you already have a bari sax mouthpiece? If not, it may be hard to tell much about the horn. It'll force you to play the owner's mouthpiece. At least pick up a selection of reeds to try with it, mostly in the 2 1/2 area.
My "beater" soprano is a Woodwind straight horn that I bought used earlier this year for $300. My SIII is my preference, by a long shot, BUT the WW really plays just fine, and better than many more expensive horns that I've played.
Thanks so much for the info. I've heard good things about LA Sax (for the money) Very helpful. I don't play bari at all. This one came to my attention from someone in the local area who's dad bought it 5 years ago and passed away shortly after. A local repairman of good reputation checked it out. They're asking $2K for it. It would be great to have a bari ready when the opportunity to play it arises - I mostly play tenor (series II Superaction 80 and a Custom Z) and have an alto and a soprano that I double on. $2K for a serviceable bari seems pretty good, no?
In an old WWBW catalog, Peter Ponzol said of the WWBW brand "I think you will agree with me when I say that these are among the best horns coming out of the East, and maybe even better than some very well known model s when it comes to sound." Is the same manufacturer still making this brand for WWBW after 10 years? Has the manufacturer changed?
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