23. January 2012 14:59
OVER our years of saxophone production we've seen just how many budding musicians have started on our JP041s who are now happily advancing onto more advanced saxes. We're always looking at ways we can improve our instruments and uncover new musical areas. We like to feel that we are part of a musican's life from the tentative B-A-G, to a much higher level of musicianship. Understanding our players has helped us understand our instruments; what players want from the instruments and - just as importantly - how much they want to spend.
As a woodwind musician, John Packer has taken a personal interest in bringing a new class of instruments into the market. The 2 series offer a level of performance that would normally only be found in 'step up' or middle range instruments, yet still priced to fit into the student market. Despite their modest price, the 2-series instruments have a performace capability which has impressed a number of well known professional players in the UK who now use them in their day to day work at the highest level.
2012 sees four new saxophones onto the scene, each a perfect specimen for the advancing player heading to the upper grades.
The JP243 £780) Soprano saxophone and JP245 (£720) Alto saxophone are both all new designs. Specific features include the following:
• High grade 80:20 brass
• Underslung 8ve mechanism
• Floating plate design for little finger (LH) cluster
• Full ribbed construction
• ‘Abalone’ pearls
• Italian leather pads
• Blue steel springs
• Double spine on B & C
• Resonator pads
• Adjustable thumb rest
• Adjustable back stops
• G#/Bb & F/F# independent adjustment
• Lyre box
• Mechanism includes: High F#, Front F, High G (on soprano model only
The JP243 soprano saxophone also features a straight neck.
The glorious new Rosestone saxophones (alto pictured left) are an even higher example of JP manufacturing. The alto (£1495) and tenor saxophone models are designed to slot comfortably into the upper student/semi-professional performance area.
This instrument exhibits a very high standard of workmanship and a matching level of excitement for the player. It looks gorgeous in its gold lacquer finish and is capable of both great power and subtlety. It also has a superb tuning scale. This is a multi-faceted instrument and is ready to support players in whatever musical environment they find themselves
The comprehensive package includes Selmer C* mouthpiece, Rovner (Dark) ligature and essential cleaning materials all in a high quality lightweight case.