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    Default Re: Keilwerth MKX alto

    Quote Originally Posted by ManEast View Post
    Hi Glenn

    Are you referring to the fact that it looks like the bell is leaning to one side ?

    This is a very common pattern that you will see on many horns including Selmer.

    My SX90:-Attachment 112050
    Hey Man - hmm, now that's an interesting image - appreciated. Well yes in some respects, the bell lip of the MKX is certainly leaning to the side (as my image shows) but...from the Bow upwards there seems a curvature (which the sales people didn't refute) and it is this that is doing my head in - for want of better terminology. The sales guy said it was difficult to get the MKX into common after-market sax cases due to not only the size of the bell (which is wider than normal) but also the degree that it leans forward. I was offered a play but...I didn't wanna' be fondling anything in case I fell in lust and I really should be chasing another tenor. I think I'll drop in for another look tomorrow and if I do should I take my mouthpiece or my partner? or should I play it safe and take both heh heh heh ;-)

    Dana - Aiden, the sales guy who had one himself had no comments upon ergonomics - just the near noiseless action and the tone.

    Glenn
    20's L.Pierret sop, 65 Kohlert 'Regent' tenor, altos: 26/7 Buescher T-T, 26 Kohlert & Sons, 59 Conn Director, 30s Gebruder Monnig "Exquisito", 45/6 Amati 'Toneking', 55 Dolnet Paris, Keilwerth MKX.

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    Default Re: Keilwerth MKX alto

    Quote Originally Posted by ManEast View Post
    Hi Glenn

    Are you referring to the fact that it looks like the bell is leaning to one side ?

    This is a very common pattern that you will see on many horns including Selmer.

    My SX90:-Attachment 112050
    Hey Man - hmm, now that's an interesting image - appreciated. Well yes in some respects, the bell lip of the MKX is certainly leaning to the side (as my image shows) but...from the Bow upwards there seems a curvature (which the sales people didn't refute) and it is this that is doing my head in - for want of better terminology. The sales guy said it was difficult to get the MKX into common after-market sax cases due to not only the size of the bell (which is wider than normal) but also the degree that it leans forward. I was offered a play but...I didn't wanna' be fondling anything in case I fell in lust and I really should be chasing another tenor. I think I'll drop in for another look tomorrow and if I do should I take my mouthpiece or my partner? or should I play it safe and take both heh heh heh ;-)

    Seriously though - could this be a severe case of optical illusion? The antique finish could be a contributing factor. Any curvature at this point I'd have thought would have made for murderous tone hole construction.

    Dana - Aiden, the sales guy who had one himself had no comments upon ergonomics - just the near noiseless action and the tone.

    Glenn
    20's L.Pierret sop, 65 Kohlert 'Regent' tenor, altos: 26/7 Buescher T-T, 26 Kohlert & Sons, 59 Conn Director, 30s Gebruder Monnig "Exquisito", 45/6 Amati 'Toneking', 55 Dolnet Paris, Keilwerth MKX.

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    Default Re: Keilwerth MKX alto

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    well I spotted this sax (see attached image) on Ebay and thought it must have been damaged. I dropped into my local Woodwind specialist store here in Melbourne (Ozwinds) and got them to drag their MKX alto out of the display case so I could eye-ball it. It most definitely had this weird bow curve which makes the bell look kind of warped. They (the shop staff) could offer me no elaboration upon this design quirk. One of the staff members actually owned one which he claimed to love citing further that the action / key-work was beautifully quiet. I just cannot imaging how this curvature found its way into the design or what influence it could possibly have upon acoustics / projection / tone etc etc. I have looked at hundreds of saxes and never seen anything like this. Furthermore I can find "no" references anywhere pertaining to this oddity hence my inquiry here.

    cheers

    Glenn
    Hello Hassles,

    Based on the picture you attached this looks to be distorted - especially the size of the bell. For your reference, the bow and bell on the MKX is exactly the same as the SX90R and is not altered or curved in any unique way. If the body on this instrument seems to be leaning in some way it must have been damaged or altered after production.

    Thank you,

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    Default Re: Keilwerth MKX alto

    Quote Originally Posted by Julius Keilwerth View Post
    Hello Hassles,

    Based on the picture you attached this looks to be distorted - especially the size of the bell. For your reference, the bow and bell on the MKX is exactly the same as the SX90R and is not altered or curved in any unique way. If the body on this instrument seems to be leaning in some way it must have been damaged or altered after production.

    Thank you,
    Well thats just gonna' add complexity. I have since bought one and its exactly like the other I have seen. I had my technician give it a once over before I even played it and he says it's perfect. I'm gonna' have to try to snap some better images.

    cheers
    20's L.Pierret sop, 65 Kohlert 'Regent' tenor, altos: 26/7 Buescher T-T, 26 Kohlert & Sons, 59 Conn Director, 30s Gebruder Monnig "Exquisito", 45/6 Amati 'Toneking', 55 Dolnet Paris, Keilwerth MKX.

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