Thomann MK IV Handmade Tenor Sax

Tenor Saxophone

  • Handmade
  • Copper body (92% copper)
  • High F# key
  • Artistic engraving
  • Keys made of brass
  • Body and keys in matte finish
  • Original mother-of-pearl key inlays
  • Mouthpiece and soft bag included
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  • Classical
  • Jazz
  • RnB

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Body finish Matt
Key finish Matt
Body Copper
Gravure Yes
Additional Bocal No
Resonator Pad Metal
Case Yes
Backpack System Yes
Mouthpiece Yes
Strap No
Wiper No
S arc wiper No

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Just Fun!

25.02.2017
What more can you ask for than an instrument that brings a smile to your face? This Tenor sax is a pure delight and fun!

I am a professional woodwind instrumentalist and bought this instrument to replace a recently sold Selmer - 1937 Balanced Action Tenor, owned for 30+ years, that wasn't getting enough use to earn its keep!
As an Alto/Soprano specialist I have never been an enthusiastic tenor player and thought that the Selmer deserved to played.

This Thomann MK IV has been a revelation, I just love it! Tone, from the 92% copper body, is as warm and full as my Balanced Action, and has even an timbre across the full range, the key work, obviously inspired by the legendary Selmer MK VI with hints of the MK VII, is well positioned, intonation - totally acceptable (not as good as my Buffet Senzo and S3 Prestige altos but......) and there are screw adjusters everywhere - fantastic. The double mounting arms on low 'C', 'B' and 'Bb' keys, are a great addition and ensure a good pad/tone-hole seal. Even the supplied mouthpiece works well - although I will continue to use my Selmer Soloist for Classical work and a Otto Link Tone-edge for Jazz.

Minus points: there is a slight 'flat' spot on the bell rim (QC??) but that has no effect on the playing and, for me, the right-hand 'Eb' and 'C' little-finger keys are totally flat making a smooth slide between them a little difficult. I will give them a slight tweak (bend) if they continue to cause me a problem. The case isn't wonderful but works.

What I have discovered is that this instrument wants me to play it.... a lot. I've got out all my old jazz tenor sax transcriptions and am having fun. Isn't that what an instrument should do - inspire one to play!

It really doesn't matter what the name is engraved on the bell, be it Selmer or Thomann, an instrument is for playing and not an investment item so if it works for you - great!

Thank you Thomann, again I can only praise one of your instruments..... you have taken me back 40 years to when I aspired to be a great jazz player!
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Beautiful Instrument. Very impressive.

MarkSax, 06.12.2018
The instrument arrived well packaged and almost perfectly set up. (I had to make a slight adjustment, but it was very simple). This is an absolutely beautiful instrument and the build quality is very impressive. Everything feels good and looks well finished. It responded well straight away from low B flat to the top. I've played various new and used beginner and intermediate level saxophones over about 30 years and this is easily the best instrument I've had the pleasure of playing. The setup I'm using at the moment is a Jody Jazz HR 6* with a Hemke 2.5. The sound is very full and rich and projects well but it can be sweetened and brought to a gentle place without losing it's tone. It seems very flexible with this setup, but I might have to try a stiffer reed. The tone continues nicely into the higher notes, which is something I have always struggeled with in the past. It doesn't quite have the classic sound (with this particular setup) of my old King Zephyr, but it is so much easier to play and so much more versatile. It's basically really nice to play.

Because I bought it online, I took it to my local technician for an inspection, and she also seemed very impressed with it. (And she can be quite blunt about things). She found no problem with it at all.

The instrument is a rebranded Chataux Versallies Series 90 made in Vietnam and (as I understand it) distributed by Tenon in Taiwan to Thomann. I'm very happy with it.
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