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We are extremely excited and proud to release The Artist Edition New York Signature Tenor Saxophones. These saxophones are the culmination of seven years of experimentation and discovery of what makes a saxophone play, perform, and respond as flawlessly as possible. Most professional saxophonists you meet will agree that some of the vintage saxophones made by Selmer Martin and Conn from the early 1940's through the 1960's were some of the most magical sounding instruments ever produced. The quality of craftsmanship and general tone quality was something un matched. Because of this, the market price for a high quality Mark VI saxophones over the years has increased rapidly. The design of and production of The Artist Edition New York Signature Tenors is our attempt to answer this problem. Since we first began working on our line of saxophones in 2014 we wanted to create a competitively priced, ergonomic, modern saxophone with the sound, essence, and “vibe” of our favorite vintage Selmer horns. Inspired from the best playing and sounding early 5 Digit Mark VI Tenors that have come through our shop over the years, the parts for our Artist Edition saxophones are produced to our very specific specifications for our shop in four separate top quality saxophone factories in Taiwan and then imported. All of the parts are made with the highest quality S Brass “silver brass”which is a regular bass with a 3% silver in the alloy. The parts for Artist Edition saxophones are extremely high quality and durable and the silver allocation adds a beautiful resonant “ring” to the tone of the instrument. Once the parts arrive at our New York City based sax shop each of these professional quality saxophones is hand assembled one by one with with the utmost care and attention to the finest details. During this very time consuming process (approximately 15-20 hours) many of the very finest details of the saxophone are perfected including hand finishing each tone hole so they are perfectly level and completely deburred of any and all sharp edges which over time could cut through the pad faces and cause leaks. All of the rods on the saxophone are checked for perfect straightness and then run though the keywork one by one to check and correct any and all friction that is present. Because we are also professional saxophonists ourselves we know that friction is the enemy of a truly great playing and feeling saxophone. The keys of our Artist Edition Saxophones are also extremely precision fit between each post so that the keys have no unnecessary lateral or rotational play. This is extremely important if you want to have a saxophone that attains a perfect airtight seal. As mentioned before it takes approximately 15-20 hours of work and the highest quality materials available to complete our setups and build process to ensure that our saxophones perform at a level that would impress even the most discerning professional saxophonists. We openly welcome all saxophonists that are searching for a top tier professional quality saxophone at an affordable price to give these Artist Edition New York Signature Tenors a try! We are confident that the tone, response, intonation, and of course quality of these great saxophones will amaze you.
This Artist edition saxophone has a vintage inspired cognac lacquered finish and beautiful 'Selmer inspired' floral engravings down the bell and bottom bow. Our saxophones are made from parts produced for us in Taiwan and then hand assembled and setup with top quality Pisoni Pro Pads which are amber shellac installed!