Welcome to SOTW Mike, and thanks for taking the time to answer some questions.My name is Mike Smith
I'm guessing that by 'very expensive' you mean more expensive than a new Selmer or Keilwerth?
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.
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.
Martin "Dick Stabile" Tenor: Barone Jazz 7*/GW7
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Also are we talking alto, tenor, or both?
Thanks for keeping us in the loop!
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.
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.
Not to worry "A Train" Once our flagship model is complete we will be developing other models.
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....
"there are two means of refuge from the misery of life-music and cats," Dr. Albert Schweitzer
There will be only one pro model.. intermediate and student will come later.
Just don't make a horn that looks like a Selmer copy....
Don't worry folks that will never happen.....!