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Is there much difference in sound between the standard alto 901 model and the silver plated version? (I think comparable new model numbers are W01 and W01S)

Is it worth the extra money to purchase a silver plated instrument?
 

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A layer of few microns of something outside the bore could not possibly change the sound. That’s what science says.

But this is the fruit of much controversy that you will find on many, many, many threads.


Read them if you want to know more (and know or believe just as much after you’ve read them)

https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?74075-Does-Finish-Affect-Sound-A-Proposed-Test

https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?196253-How-Do-Finishes-Effect-a-Horn-s-Tone

https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?237230-Difference-on-sound-due-to-finish/page8

https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?180042-Effects-of-Different-Finishes-on-Tone

https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?96155-Lacquer-Plating-and-sound-differences

https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?42432-Sax-plating-difference


There are no physical reasons why finish would affect the tome more than the variation on single saxophones have from each other ( otherwise we would buy saxophones base on a show model not the individual saxophone).

True, saxophones are not flutes, yet the same law of physics apply.

Take a look ( and listen!)
 

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this is the fruit of much controversy that you will find on many, many, many threads.

Read them if you want to know more (and know or believe just as much after you’ve read them)
Hahahaha! Thanks for the replies.

Sorry, I didn't realize I was rattling some dusty bones here!

It's funny you mention the flute...it's my primary instrument!

I remember reading a study years ago where 7 flutes were made identically except from 7 different materials, and they were play-tested and recorded by 20 or so professionals wearing blindfolds who were then asked which sounded best. Then they played the same flutes without blindfolds and were asked which ones sounded best; of course, most said "gold", "platinum" sound best (inconsistently with the blindfolded play test). They came back months later and listened to recordings of themselves and couldn't tell the flutes apart.

I know material does make some difference, though, since wood flutes sound vastly different than metal flutes, and resin piccolos sound different than wood and metal ones. I agree, though, that plating affects sound negligibly.

Anyway, I asked about the saxophones because someone near my home is selling a silver plated 901, and it would be very convenient to walk over and pick it up. BUT there are some plain 901's on ebay selling for half the asking price, and if I can save 2000$ and get an instrument just as good, I'd rather do that. Sometimes model variations like this DO make a difference simply because the manufacturer puts more attention to the scale and cut of an instrument on the "precious" metal version (for instance, some gold flutes are easier to play than silver counterparts because the instrument itself is better made, more than the material makes a difference), so I thought I'd see if one really does stand above the other here.

I gotta say, reading this forum, sax culture sounds WAY different than flute culture where precious metals hypnotize and the beauty of an instrument comes from engraved key cups. It's kinda refreshing.

I also really appreciate the "auto-save" feature typing on this forum! I submitted this a bit ago and got an "error" so I thought I'd lost everything I wrote. Nope! Thanks, and props to the site-development!!
 
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