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Wow, I was shocked by this test.. amazing horn, excited to overhaul:
This is the true ‘Early Babbitt’, not the later pieces that look a bit similar with the weak baffle, and not the earlier straight signature (late) Florida piece either. This has the tell-tale denim table, sharper drop to the beak, and the longer baffle and higher floor. This plays with the proper amount of power and color and is very very hard to find in near perfect condition at facing 7.
Wonderful old early Dukoff models, the so called ‘Stubbie’ is a one piece casting with a large chamber and rounded inner walls similar to the Link Tonemaster. They have a somewhat high floor and a slightly differently shaped chamber resulting in a bit more buzz and airspeed than the Tonemaster, but it is still a very vintage response; a big round and warm sound with a bit more buzz.
These two are excellent original facings. The 6 measures at about 0.095 and wants a slightly harder reed and the 6* measures at 0.096. They are both actually excellent payers and very satisfying.
This is a piece I optimized in 2010 for myself and then gigged on for a number of years. It is a Straight signature Link Florida originally stamped 7 and restored to .101. There was a small nick in the tip that I repaired. It is a VERY LOUD piece with a tonal color right in the middle between dark and bright (relative to what these piece might usually be) and is exceptionally smooth and comfortable to blow.
This is a fairly casual review/comparison of the 82Z vs a number of different vintage Selmer tenors. I really made this video for myself to hear the differences (which are not hard to notice) and because I have a number of folks who seem to appreciate my viewpoint. As usual I am rambling a bit and blowing probably too much noise but I did clear up a few of my ideas at least for myself and maybe someone else.
0:04 intro and 82Z comparison discussion
1:34 82Z playtest
3:37 SBA 45k playtest
5:33 MK VI 87k playtest
7:27 SBA 41k playtest
9:45 MK VI 70k
12:06 82Z more playtest
13:13 82Z discussion/comparison/conclusions
24:21 82Z left/right hand examination
25:19 MK VI 87k left/right comparison
26:02 conclusion etc
Very nice clean vintage Soloist opening; G. Original condition wonderful piece at hard find popular size.
This is exactly the Coltrane model, Bluetrane, Giant Steps, Soultrane etc. 41xxx and nearly brand new. It has all original pads and resos, lacquer still on the edges, could use a bit of tweaking but plays awesomely right now. Amazing crisp bright popping sound, saoring highs with the big bottom and compression. Just like the other 45xxx this is just one of those things as good as it looks and it sure looks. Serious inquiries only, you know the deal, collector’s items-
Most most luscious amazing vintage piece; SBA monster of subtly and swagger. This one is 45xxx still right in the Coltrane model design period. There is little to say other than it is amazing. It is nearly brand new, has newer pads and plays excellently. Could use a little quieting but what a thrill! A few seconds look at the pics and you will understand. Plays definitely as good or better than it looks. Super collector’s item. Don’t ask about the price if you are going to be triggered.