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milandro
03-15-2010, 11:28 AM
Following my selling of the Grassi Wonderful to a happy member here :) I couldn't resist buying another one which I will be playing for a while before of maybe parting with this one too.
It is a Silverplate I.M. Grassi " export" (the name of the model is nowhere to be seen on the horn itself but it is featured on the original guarantee from the shop) .
This is not a balanced action Grassi, it is indeed the Silverplate version of the " jade rollers" but with no Jade Rollers , pretty late production date for this type of keys arrangement ( the long rod of the low Eb remains less efficient of the, by this time popular, balanced action one).
Other than that it is in great state and my guess is that it was played very little indeed. Pads are original (not green anymore by this date) and pristine.
click several times on the pictures to fully expand

http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/5023/grassisilverleft.th.jpg (http://img408.imageshack.us/i/grassisilverleft.jpg/)
http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/605/grassisilverright.th.jpg (http://img408.imageshack.us/i/grassisilverright.jpg/)

rhysonsax
03-15-2010, 11:56 AM
Looks really nice. A bit like mine which is a Prestige #44352, silver with gold coloured keywork.

What is the serial number of your's ?

Rhys

milandro
03-15-2010, 01:04 PM
Rhys, your prestige is quite a lot newer than my 343XX horn ! But a two tone must be stunning!

rhysonsax
03-15-2010, 04:58 PM
Yes, I like the look of silver body and gold keys. I also have that on my Keilwerth low B bass sax and something similar on my Maxtone alto and tenor.

I really like the silver body, whether the keywork is gold or silver coloured.

My MkVI tenor and alto are the other way around with silver (or nickel, not sure which) keys and gold lacquer body.

But it's not really about the look - it's the sound. My Grassi is fine in terms of ergonomics and sound, but it doesn't really come close to the MkVI and so doesn't come out of the case very often.

Rhys

milandro
03-15-2010, 05:18 PM
Well, De gustibus non est disputandum , there is no discussion possible about matters of taste, if you like the sound of your Mark VI better that is better...... for you ;) .

I have many horns but do not own a MarkVI and even after having tried a couple I've never felt I really wanted to own one.

Today I've spent 2 hours playing this horn. Once again it proved to me that, although of a more primitive ergonomic configuration, this type of Grassi had a very nice sound indeed. I just couldn't stop playing it. Deep and at the same time very lyrical with a good balance with high and low frequencies. I played it next to my more aggressive Super 20 alto and my deeper B&S (which has a thinner high end than the Grassi)

Today, by the way , I have joined this site

http://www.italianwinds.it/index.php?lang=_en

which is dedicated to the history of the Italian woodwinds. The creator of this site is a collector and mainly interested in flutes but also in other woodwinds.

By reading through the news about the birth of the Grassi company , the documents show that they set out to start a company to make flutes, clarinets and saxophone and that these ones were intended to be inspired by the French saxophone makers.

I think that their main source of inspiration for this model there must have been Buffet .

Captain Beeflat
03-15-2010, 08:45 PM
Following my selling of the Grassi Wonderful to a happy member here :) I couldn't resist buying another one which I will be playing for a while before of maybe parting with this one too.
It is a Silverplate I.M. Grassi " export" (the name of the model is nowhere to be seen on the horn itself but it is featured on the original guarantee from the shop) .
This is not a balanced action Grassi, it is indeed the Silverplate version of the " jade rollers" but with no Jade Rollers , pretty late production date for this type of keys arrangement ( the long rod of the low Eb remains less efficient of the, by this time popular, balanced action one).
Other than that it is in great state and my guess is that it was played very little indeed. Pads are original (not green anymore by this date) and pristine.
click several times on the pictures to fully expand

http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/5023/grassisilverleft.th.jpg (http://img408.imageshack.us/i/grassisilverleft.jpg/)
http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/605/grassisilverright.th.jpg (http://img408.imageshack.us/i/grassisilverright.jpg/)

Very nice indeed, but it would be difficult to adapt to those circular key touches. :):)

milandro
03-19-2010, 09:07 AM
Very nice indeed, but it would be difficult to adapt to those circular key touches. :):)

yes :) once you have tried the rectangular MOP it is difficult to go back to this...........Enjoy! ;) :)

milandro
03-20-2010, 07:22 AM
I have to apologise that I referred to the long rod of the Eb while I meant the C#........ :(

Captain Beeflat
03-21-2010, 02:51 PM
I have to apologise that I referred to the long rod of the Eb while I meant the C#........ :(

I think that most of us realised that...no apology necessary. :)