The Alibaba C Key Alto Saxophone…
The subject of a topic in the SOTW Alto section, a “C Key Alto Saxophone” from alibaba.com No wonder the young lady who started the thread was confused… The picture looks long and lean, more like a tenor, maybe it has a high F# ?
Just a minute, wasn’t Alibaba a pirate, and a bit of a scoundrel – surrounded by illusions ? Sounds about right !
Click on the picture for more details – such as there are – I’ve sent them an email asking for more information, and offering to test or appraise one. A bit like the Pearl River Chinese C-Melody Sax – no one ever got back to me about that one ! Looking closely at the background image, that looks not unlike the bottom half of Steve’s Aquilasax C - even down to the engraved oval on the side of the bell…
UPDATE – received a reply - seems it’s a Mason Pro C-Melody sax . For more info and pictures, see the Comments…
** UPDATE May 22 2008 – There is a US Mason dealer, who contacted me with these details -
We are the worldwide distributor for all Mason Pro saxophones from Eb sopranino to BBb bass. We are out of stock but have a shipment scheduled to arrive here June 25th
The price including Case / MP / Neckstrap is $795 SHI to UK is $75
Lee Mason – C F P Music (since 1949), 2630B SE 39th Loop Hillsboro OR 97123 USA email@example.com
Aquilasax (latest) news from Steve, as of yesterday, May 22, quote - “The necks are still being worked on. They got the neck right but the octave lever is a bit short and so doesn’t look professional standard. They are making a new octave lever mold (and should just about be finished by now). Once again I expect to have them in a couple of weeks and the rest of the batch should follow.”