Because my saxophone playing son has been accepted to several music programs for Jazz Studies and Music Education (and now trying to decide between the options), my wife and I decided to finally invest in a pro tenor saxophone for my son. After having my son try out a bunch of horns (most new but a couple used/overhauled too) in a couple of area stores as well as researching reviews on various brands, we ended up buying a Viking M58S tenor sax (in cognac gold) from Rich Maraday.
Rich was a pleasure to deal with in the order, being very patient with my numerous questions. Clearly, he is a man who is passionate about the saxophones that he sells. He also gave me what I feel is very good advice. Since the horn was already on sale, he recommended that the tenor sax should be sent directly to Ken Beason to do his benchmark pro setup.
Ken Beason was also great to interact with via phone calls and text messaging. Another truly enthusiastic and passionate man on the subject of saxophones. We just received the horn from Ken a couple of days ago and my son’s response was simply “WOW.”
I’m not the sax player, my son is so this isn’t a review of the horn. This is just a shoutout to two gentlemen who helped my wife and I get my son a great tenor sax that will serve him well moving forward.