Could your dream Baritone be made?
I’ve asked this question on various saxophone forums but for the life of me I can’t what I did with the archived answers. So I’ll ask the question again, here and on twitter. What features would you want on a new baritone, or any saxophone for that matter, if you had access to a factory and the skilled workers to craft your dream horn? To be clear you can not go back in time and craft a Mark VI or any other vintage horn.
For me it would have to be a Low-Bb/A bari with:
- Optional low-A Extension
- Solid Silver Neck (optional but pretty)
- Adjustable palm key risers (ala Keilwerth)
- Adjustable Side key heights
- Upper stack key guards (ala Conn 12m)
- Fully Ribbed Construction
- Full floral or Art Deco engraving
- Multiple position Strap Hook
- Case with wheel which tuck into the case when not needed
- Case with 4 wheels that can be rolled standing up (ala roller luggage)
- Case with a drop down foam panel to hold folding stand, music, and random bari stuff.
- Optional slide/lock to fix the G# open during storage
- User replaceable key pearls.
- O-Ring instead of cork, neck cork. (ala Warburton necks)
- Extra heavy bracing on Bow
- Yamaha styled keywork
- 5-10% thicker material (ala Martin’s or so I’m told.) Some of the heaviest horns I’ve ever played were Martins.
What would you like to see on your newly built dream horn?