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    Default Kessler Custom Deluxe vs. Barone Vintage Tenors

    Anybody have experience with these two tenors. I have the Kessler and was thinking of selling it and getting a Barone Vintage.

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    Default Re: Kessler Custom Deluxe vs. Barone Vintage Tenors

    I can only say that the Kessler is made in Vietnam and my horns are made in Taiwan. Phil Barone

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    Default Re: Kessler Custom Deluxe vs. Barone Vintage Tenors

    Thanks for that, milandro

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    Default Re: Kessler Custom Deluxe vs. Barone Vintage Tenors

    I haven't played the Kessler, although a few years ago when visiting Las Vegas I played a Kessler soprano. Not sure of the name, it was their top of the line at the time. It was adequate, about the same as an Antigua that they had in the shop at the time.

    Phil's horns, on the other hand, are not merely adequate. I own a Barone Classic Tenor, and while it is not quite a Selmer Mark VI (close though!), I am happy to play it in any situation - performance, recording, practicing, whatever. Plays beautifully up and down, great tone. In other words, a completely professional instrument in every way.
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    Default Re: Kessler Custom Deluxe vs. Barone Vintage Tenors

    I also own a Barone tenor....great horn, great sound, very in tune...
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    Default Re: Kessler Custom Deluxe vs. Barone Vintage Tenors

    Thanks to all for the help

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    Default Re: Kessler Custom Deluxe vs. Barone Vintage Tenors

    I tried a Kessler Deluxe tenor at the store several years ago and thought it was a nice playing horn and I own 2 Barones a Classic tenor and what I suspect is one of the rare Low Bb bari saxes Phil has sold. I've also played many other Asian tenors sold under different brands and the build qualities can be very different. I think Phil's horns are among the best in value. They play as well or better than many of the others that cost quite a bit more Phil's just aren't as flashy with the extras that add to the horn's cost without doing anything for how it actually plays. IMO, the higher end Kessler Customs are similar in build quality to Phil's horns but the cheaper ones aren't as nice. Which you like better in terms of playing characteristics is going to come down to personal preference.

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    Default Re: Kessler Custom Deluxe vs. Barone Vintage Tenors

    My opinion is they are essentially the same horn.

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    Default Re: Kessler Custom Deluxe vs. Barone Vintage Tenors

    Quote Originally Posted by saxcop View Post
    My opinion is they are essentially the same horn.
    They are not the same sax, not at all. Mine are made in Taiwan, Kessler is made in Vietnam. Big difference in quality. I bought one of them once and had trouble with the receiver. Phil

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    Default Re: Kessler Custom Deluxe vs. Barone Vintage Tenors

    My friend, a sax player for over 50 years who has his own band plays a 100,XXX VI and a silversonic. He was at my house recently and kept picking up my Barone Classic and asking about it. I have other very nice tenors, vintage and new, but he liked the Barone. The Barone is a top notch sax. And Phil is a pleasure to do business with.

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    Default Re: Kessler Custom Deluxe vs. Barone Vintage Tenors

    There are some nice Taiwan made horns for sure. They are remarkably similar. Taiwan workers are surely more skilled than the Vietnam workers. Fender USA workers are more skilled than the Mexican workers. Yet a Mexistrat is still pretty much a strat

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