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    Default Re: Plans For An American Made Saxophone.

    My name is Mike Smith
    Welcome to SOTW Mike, and thanks for taking the time to answer some questions.
    I'm guessing that by 'very expensive' you mean more expensive than a new Selmer or Keilwerth?

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    There is no reason why a saxophone made in the United States should not succeed. In the end all will depend on how good the saxophone actually is and what features it offers. The price, unless it were to be totally unreasonable, may be less of an issue than some expect. Mike smith says that "it is going to be very expensive". Now, I don't know what he means by that, but the Swiss Inderbinen company charges about SFR10,000 for a tenor saxophone, and it apparently has quite a waiting list. It would also seem that the United States is recovering some of its competitive edge, and as someone else said, costs in Asia are rising. I already know that I will not be in this market, but it will be interesting to see how it develops.

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    Inderbinen saxophones number in dozens a year, not hundreds or thousands.........there is certainly demand for that kind of saxophone at that kind of price level but it is a very small one.

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    My name is Mike Smith
    Welcome Mike! You can be sure there are a lot of folks on here who are rooting for you!
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    Default Re: Plans For An American Made Saxophone.

    Quote Originally Posted by saxbop View Post
    My name is Mike Smith and I would like to introduce myself to the saxophone community.
    I will keep the entire saxophone world informed of our successes and failures in the development of our prototypes.
    Welcome and thank you Mike! You will certainly have a lot of people rooting for you and Blessing/Sonare Powell! Mr. Wasser mentioned that the inspiration for this project is an American classic. Any chance you could divulge the instrument that inspired the project? 10M? Super 20? The Martin? Buescher 400? All of the above? I certainly understand if it's too early to reveal this type of info, but I'm sure many of us would love to know!

    Also are we talking alto, tenor, or both?

    Thanks for keeping us in the loop!

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    First of all, many thanks for the encouraging words.
    I will post pictures and some articles once we get farther along.
    Hope to have a working model at the beginning of the new year.
    I will keep you informed of our progress
    Try and understand some things have to be kept
    secret. There are some big guys out there who need to be kept in the dark.

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    Finally a saxophone produced entirely in the USA and unfortunately it's going to be too expensive for most, that sucks. But at least I have a B&S Medusa. I'll think of her as Big Mamma to whatever you may produce.

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    Not to worry "A Train" Once our flagship model is complete we will be developing other models.

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    Well, this is certainly an interesting project. The re-entry of a genuine American manufacturer to the market is potentially one of the most significant developments for a number of years.

    And it'll give us something new to argue about, so we should be grateful for that at least....
    No product to sell, no axe to grind....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave C View Post
    And it'll give us something new to argue about, so we should be grateful for that at least....
    Right! We've had such a shortage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by milandro View Post
    Good luck, you are gonna need plenty of it!
    What's with all the negative waves? Why don't you say something beautiful?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yofis View Post
    What's with all the negative waves? Why don't you say something beautiful?
    alright then...........I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship! Tomorrow is another day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyMartinTenor View Post
    Right! We've had such a shortage!
    Have not!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saxbop View Post
    This is going to be a monumental project but I have put an incredible team together to accomplish this.
    Welcome here Mike and good luck with the project. The sax world needs some new designs. I'll be watching here for news of your new sax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soybean View Post
    Welcome here Mike and good luck with the project. The sax world needs some new designs. I'll be watching here for news of your new sax.
    I echo these above sentiments Mike but my thought is...make just one model, top of the line tenor-that's it-whatever it costs, it costs and make it limited production available not only to those who can afford it but those capable of actually playing it....not a Pro horn but a horn for Pros so that when it gets picked apart here, at least those doing the picking apart will know what they're talking about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saxbop View Post
    First of all, many thanks for the encouraging words.
    I will post pictures and some articles once we get farther along.
    Hope to have a working model at the beginning of the new year.
    I will keep you informed of our progress
    Try and understand some things have to be kept
    secret. There are some big guys out there who need to be kept in the dark.
    Welcome Mike. Brazed tone holes! That's great news! Best wishes. I appreciate your need for discretion, but I just have to ask if you can give some indication of what general characteristics you believe your horn will have. The Inderbinen, for example, is conceived as a cross between a Mk6 and a King, and I think that is a pretty good description of what it sounds like. Are you going for the Vintage American sound any of the Big Four, the tighter, French thing, a combination, or, something brand new?

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    There will be only one pro model.. intermediate and student will come later.

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    Default Re: Plans For An American Made Saxophone.

    Just don't make a horn that looks like a Selmer copy....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce bailey View Post
    Just don't make a horn that looks like a Selmer copy....
    That´s the most difficult part of this challenge...

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    Don't worry folks that will never happen.....!

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