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I was adviced through this threads to give a change of neck a chance.

I put a sterling silver (Selmer made) to my Series II and it is a Monster! It plays incredibly well and has an amazing sound.

It kept the roundness of the Series II with the edge of the Reference...

What a horn!

All the best,

JI
 

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No, it is a Series III neck I believe...

Bought form www.kesslermusic.com

Actually, this neck is identical to the one that the Series III uses, but in silver.

It does change the horn. It feels slightly more resistant... but improves tuning at altissimo.

My mouthpiece is a Jumbo Java A45 and reeds are Plasticovers #3. Usually I use a Optimum Ligature, but though I felt the whole setup somehow bright, I used a Rovner Light.

Sounded great.

JI
 

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Are you talking about an alto? I added the III neck to my tenor and found that the horn was considerably less resistant. Tuning stayed the same for me in the altissimo range, but I was able to bend the notes more easily.
 

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Alto, yes.

I guess it is a matter of little difference betwen each other's horns, mine got a little bit more resistant.

Today I gave a shot to the original neck, Series II, and yes, it had more punch! But, the Sterling Silver works great.

All the best,

JI
 

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ah, those sterling silver Serie III alto necks......I bought mine 5 or 6 yrs ago from a sax player in W. Virginia, Gary Hartle.....use to be here some, nice guy. he had it on ebay; I pd $298 for it like new....Gary remarked, "you may have just acquired the alto neck of a lifetime" (at that time they were new & scarce)
sho nuff, Gary.....you were right on with that prediction. his alto was a Selmer USA horn and the III didn't work too well on it, my good fortune. think his tenor was a VI .

used it a lot off & on on my VII alto.....too kewl, and I've been telling ya'll about those necks for yrs....look in the selmer archives.

enjoy
 

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Just one little complain...

I like to go as high as A4 (first C ont he horn is a C1) every time I play.

The Series II has proved to me to be the best altissimo horn of any I have (Mark VI, Series III and Humminbird).

With the Sterling Silver neck... mmm.... Ab4 and A4 do not come out as I like. The reed needs to be at its best.

With its regular neck, the Series II hits those notes every time.

I know some find that altissimo range useles... and more if I am not a classical player performing the Concertino da Camera Cadenza...

But I use it in some blues solos. A4 is a C for the band, and I always find a way to put it there...:D

On the other hand, the Sterling Silver neck does wonders with the rest of the horn tonality... (Sigh...):cry:
 
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