Pete - I still think it was quite unkind to say that the Aquilasax had "tons
" of intonation issues - and to condemn the (possible/probable) new C-Sop to the same fate before it's even been born. You seem to be hinting that I've also confirmed "tons" ? Nah !
I think the C-Sop may well be made by a different factory, I know Steve has had a few frustrations with the existing manufacturers. I don't quite understand what you're saying here - "Would a professional decide to buy a horn that's cheap, but has/had a lot of issues or expensive, has a few issues, but it's not as ergonomic?
I don't know exactly who Steve has sold to, or who is on the waiting list - I suspect there are a load of 'closet' C players out there nto shouting about it - but anyone with an open mind and an interest in C saxophones can't really afford not to try one. You can lose more than the cost of the shipping every time the stock-market hiccups :cry: They don't come along that often, even Chip Shelton seems happy with his.
When I get the bare-brass Aquilasax C I originally wanted (again, factory supply problems, but they seem to be on the horizon), I'm very seriously considering sending the 'stop-gap'
one I have now to Stephen Howard
in the UK, for an impartial review. Should be interesting reading, as he has experience of both the low-end Chinese market, and 20's C-Mels.
The one concern (or reality ?) I have, is that any brass/wind in C (except flutes, obviously...) doesn't really ever seem to make inroads on the Bb/Eb market. Until teachers actively encourage (e.g.) C trumpets or C clarinets it won't happen - I talk to a lot of young players, and the one frustration that sticks out is that they find it difficult enjoying 'playing together' on the spur of the moment. With Eb alto, Bb clarinet and C flute being the main 'starter' instruments, all usually taught seperately, it's a great culture shock when they get together and try and play each others favourite music, ending up in a variety of pitches...:???: Difficult enough learning the instruments, without having to get into transposition at an early age.
I know we
all did it, but it doesn't make it necessary...