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    Thanks for the compliments guys.

    Saxguy007, I hope you still have your Barone? Am glad the initial review helped influence you back then to getting one. They're great horns. Oh, and did I say 2 years ago???? I was wrong, it was 3 YEARS!! Christ I feel old now In which case, the bodywork and lacquer have stood up even better considering its continual use and travel.

    Set up? I a Vandoren V16 ebonite T8 (I got it from Ed Zentera back around the time I got the horn, he opened the tip to make it also as part of what I was looking for soundwise, so it's probably an 8*). I also use an out of the box T8 for funk and modern work. They're wonderful mouthpieces, and I haven't looked at anything different since getting them years ago. Looking forward to the baritone versions too, due to be released soonish. Reeds wise, Rico Royal Jazz Select filed, 2H or 3S depending on the mouthpiece.

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    Default Re: Phil Barone Tenor Saxophone review

    Quote Originally Posted by Il Padrino View Post
    Thanks for the compliments guys.

    Saxguy007, I hope you still have your Barone? Am glad the initial review helped influence you back then to getting one. They're great horns.
    Yes, indeed I still have it. It became my main tenor not long after I started playing it and got used to it. I'll be gigging with it pretty much every Saturday nite for the next several weeks!
    Covering the bari part- because no-one else owns one...
    Cannonball "Lady Godiva" Vintage, Selmer Ref 36 and Barone MAC 8 tenors; Cannonball Stone Series and Mk VII altos; Cannonball Stone series soprano and bari

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    I realize the last post was over a year ago so not sure if anyone's still watching this, but I'm looking at getting a Barone Tenor (and probably an alto to follow if all goes well) I'm a Selmer fan, (though not a selmer snob lol, I'm open minded) so based on the more recent reviews and comparisons of Classic model to Selmer and Vintage to Conn that's probably what I'm leaning towards without playing them. I'm really liking the matte satin finish so here's the QUESTION: Has anyone experienced the spotted spit stains etc on the matte finish? I have an unlacquered model from a certain other Taiwanese brand that is a great horn, but its starting to look rough and tough which is fine for most applications, but for certain gigs I'd like one that doesn't look like a dalmation I was just wondering how the satin lacquer is holding up???? I'm sure the Vintage gold lacquer holds up well and that'd be my 2nd choice as it looks very much like my selmer color. Thanks!

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    My Classic tenor and Vintage alto are in honey gold lacquer with no sign of a problem after 18 months. Can't speak for any other finish though. I'm still very pleased with both my purchases. I've owned MkVI (18 years), MkVII (12 years) and YTS-62 (22 years) - I'm no horn flipper. My Barones compare more than favourably with what I've owned and played before.
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    I have known Phil a long time. I talk with him once or twice a month. I had the opportunity to play a used tenor a couple months ago that Mark set up at USA HORN. It was a nice fat sounding tenor with good intonation and plenty of vintage character.The horn was very gig worthy. The bottom line is he offers a very nice stable of quality pro saxophones at a very fair price point. I respect his products and his efforts... I wish him much success...
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    If you go with Gold Plate it will look shiny new as long as you live if you keep it clean. It is a beautiful finish. The pictures don't do it justice !
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    I bought the Barone from USA Horn that Rich mentioned. It's a great horn. I bought it as a back up for my Keilwerth and now use it as my primary horn.

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    My antique bronze Barone does have some spit-related discolorations inside the bell at this point, but they are hard to spot. Still looks very nice.
    Covering the bari part- because no-one else owns one...
    Cannonball "Lady Godiva" Vintage, Selmer Ref 36 and Barone MAC 8 tenors; Cannonball Stone Series and Mk VII altos; Cannonball Stone series soprano and bari

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    Old post...but I really like to know how goes the PB tenor? Still loving ? Any major issues?
    Thanks guys

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    Default Re: Phil Barone Tenor Saxophone review

    Check out the Barone forum. Lots of great comments by players who use Barone's as their primary or backup. My classic is going on 4 years old and still plays great. These are terrific saxophones.
    I think there's a built in hesitancy because they're so under priced. There's always a tendency to equate price with quality. Not the case with Barones. If Phil charged another thousand bucks maybe some people would embrace them more readily.

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