Recently I had the privilege of demoing the Schagerl Superior T-1VB “Vintage Bronze” Tenor Saxophone during CHUCKtoberfest 2013 where my band, DTMG, performed at Washington Music Center. I was blown away, literally!
This model is a rare work of art among saxophones.
It’s dark depth of tone and style easily rivaled the vintage horns I play (I have played a late-1960′s Selmer Mark VI and a 1927 Buescher Artist Model for years).
The intonation and key response was on par with any top-of-the-line Selmer or Yamaha saxophones (I also play a Selmer Super Action 80 Series III alto).
This horn gave me the freedom to play as quietly, as loudly, as fast, and as expressively as I wanted to in all registers, something I can rarely say about other horns. The low B flat was as smooth as any other note. The pinky keys moved fast but were not too heavy.
The instrument felt solidly constructed. It was a little heavier then a normal brass tenor saxophone due to its strong bronze body. One will notice the unique double french pointed arms on the lower keys, an indicator that this horn has the durability needed for performing on the road.
The Schagerl “Vintage Bronze” Tenor was beautiful to look at. I noticed that the raw bronze look immediately grabbed the members of my 8-piece band and our audience’s attention, a major plus in today’s media saturated world where people hear with their eyes.
The only thing that impressed me more then the Schagerl’s look, rich tone and playability was its price. When Otrie Barrett, Jr. quoted me a Washington Music Center price that was far less then the top-of-the-line Selmer or Yamaha tenors, I was shocked.
The student-model price did not change my opinion of this instrument’s professional quality at all though. This is a horn that I can confidently front my band with on any gig.
Duke Ellington said, “If it sounds good, it is good.” The Schagerl Superior T-1VB “Vintage Bronze” Tenor Saxophone sounds great.