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P. Mauriat System-76 and Rolled-Tone-Hole Saxophones

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P. Mauriat Saxophone

Since debuting on the American market, Taiwanese saxophones have gone from being a band- room joke to a serious alternative to the higher priced horns coming from Selmer, Yamaha and Keilwerth. Their improvements have been so noticeable as of late that we are seeing major companies such as Selmer producing saxophones in Taiwan (e.g., the La Voix). So when I tried the new System-76 and rolled-tone-hole saxophones from P. Mauriat I was expecting to play two nice horns. What I didn’t expect was to play two saxophones that could easily redefine the way we as saxophonists view horns from Taiwan.

Like most companies, P. Mauriat boasts of having the “vintage” sound for which people search. Unlike most other companies, I believe they might have just found it. So what does that mean for us skeptics who still cling to our old relics, enduring the antiquated key action and the green tinge of unlacqured brass? It means we no longer have to compromise sound quality of the vintage horns for the ergonomic feel of a modern instrument.

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