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Date Listed 20-Nov-16
Price
$1,000.00
Address Kitchener, ON N2M5L2
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For Sale By Owner

Strasser Marigaux Lemaire Alto Saxophone, silver lacquered

An amazing vintage French vintage sax from the 40s. Expect a very unique horn, with an open, bright jazz sound like no sax today. SML was the hidden gem of French manufacturers of saxes, clarinets and oboes, see end of the add for links about the company. Coleman Hawkins used to play them for example. They are valued $2800 on sax gourmet, although I really think Steve is generous on most of his quotes. In my opinion $1000 is a fair price.
This sax has rolled tone holes. Never been relacquered, original sound. Lacquer still 80% there. Light weight instrument. Ready to play, although a few minor adjustments could make it better. Rare in Canada.

Pros:
- sounds great and unique: nobody will play like you around
- its mechanics: still plays like butter

Cons:
- it is a vintage horn, which means it is not highly accurate (some notes are harder to get than others, some can be a bit out of tune)
- some keys are "strangely" shaped, smaller than current saxes, etc...

So expect to train hours to get used to it, but believe me it is worth it. Great for jazz, funk or rock gigs. It can be a great sax to transition from classical too, and work on your new sound. But don't buy that horn to play classic. Don't buy that horn if you are a beginner either (need at least 3-5 years sax behind you).

Don't expect to play well directly, you'll need to play hours before the first performance.

I bought it years ago when I was still living in Paris France, brought it to Canada with me. I was still playing a lot of alto those days but today I only play tenor and soprano, I don't need that sax anymore. Was maintained a few yeas ago (in Paris), a few top pads were changed and mechanics aligned. Now like for every vintage horn, every repair shop will find something to do on it, but don't expect to get a different sax in the end. It is honestly ready to play; you'll have to get ready too. The case is also only a few years old, it is like new and fits the instrument perfectly. Will include a Rovner metal mouthpiece, easy to play and good to transitioning to jazz / metal mouthpiece; and a black neoprene strap.

Visible in Mississauga during the day, Kitchener night and week-ends.

read about SML saxes:
http://www.saxgourmet.com/vintage-saxophone-value-guide/
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