Eastman 52nd St Soprano vs 640 Soprano

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    Default Eastman 52nd St Soprano vs 640 Soprano

    I got a chance to try out a 52nd street sop and thought it was excellent. How does the 640 model compare?
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    Default Re: Eastman 52nd St Soprano vs 640 Soprano

    The 640 is my #1. Better intonation than my YSS475 and vintage Beaugnier. With a BARI mouthpiece it heads into Brandon M. territory! The 52nd St. alto however is my #1 all-time, over many Selmer, Yamaha and Conn horns I've owned thru the years. Fantastic flexibility and tone. Oddly, the 52nd St. tenor doesn't knock my socks off like the alto and sop. Keep blowing'!
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    Default Re: Eastman 52nd St Soprano vs 640 Soprano

    Quote Originally Posted by Christian1 View Post
    I got a chance to try out a 52nd street sop and thought it was excellent. How does the 640 model compare?
    I am assuming that you are talking about the ESS642, correct?
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    Default Re: Eastman 52nd St Soprano vs 640 Soprano

    Quote Originally Posted by twocircles View Post
    I am assuming that you are talking about the ESS642, correct?
    Yes, I guess I got the number wrong.
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    Default Re: Eastman 52nd St Soprano vs 640 Soprano

    I thought you were just using shorthand, 64x, but I wanted to be sure. I have no experience with these, but a discussion about Eastman saxes got me looking at them more closely.
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    Default Re: Eastman 52nd St Soprano vs 640 Soprano

    Quote Originally Posted by Christian1 View Post
    I got a chance to try out a 52nd street sop and thought it was excellent. How does the 640 model compare?
    About the same. The main difference is the 642 is lacquered and doesn't have rolled tone holes at the bottom. The sound is more compact, like a Yamaha.
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    Default Re: Eastman 52nd St Soprano vs 640 Soprano

    Quote Originally Posted by J.Max View Post
    About the same. The main difference is the 642 is lacquered and doesn't have rolled tone holes at the bottom. The sound is more compact, like a Yamaha.
    Thanks, I guess it's worth trying out both then.
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    Default Re: Eastman 52nd St Soprano vs 640 Soprano

    That is an excellent way to put this! I have compared the 642 to Yamaha 62 sopranos and it seems that the Eastman has a little less edge and projection, but more body to the sound. At the price, the 642 is a great horn.

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