Why did Selmer change to the long bow on their VI altos ? I've owned my 108... long bow since the late 80's and bought it from a dealer new still wrapped in Selmer plastic bag with Soloist mouthpiece, ID clasp and original London deluxe case. When I bought it I knew nothing of long, medium and short bows. My previous alto was a 1974 VI bought new for me by my mother and my first horn. That horn had excellent tuning but got severely damaged when my new neck strap broke and it hit a concrete floor. The neck was also damaged by an accidental drop.
My long bow was much improved especially in the palm keys which were sharp and hard to control by the purchase of a used VI neck from 10M on SOTW. I had tried a few different necks that had no or minimal effect but this unlacquered one that came from an excellent NY player really did ( the tuner doesn't lie) I've used this neck for several years now. My 108... has excellent tone quality and projection however some of the bell notes are flat. I can lip them somewhat if I sustain notes down there which is pretty rare. Other than that the tuning is good.
These days my alto playing is shared with a King Super 20 series 2 that I'm still working with but like a lot. I can see it taking over from the long bow.
Any long bow insights from owners.