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Keilwerth SX90RB

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18.06.2004

Advantages:
A good sax, easy to play with good intonation, and a good keywork design .   Also looks extremely cool !   -  i wish i could get my selmer in this finish !

Disadvantages:
It lacks the depth of tone found in most professional saxes, and it is also quite expensive  -  if you've got this amount to spend on a sax I would definitely reccomend a selmer instead of a keilwerth .

Recommendable Yes:

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Range of tonesaverage

Quality of intonationgood

How easy is it to buy accessories?no opinion/don't know

Recommended forprofessionals 

Amount paidnormally around £2500 (RRP £3180)

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This is Keilwerths latest tenor sax, and it is very nice to play. I'm not really clear on the improvements from the SX90 - it's supposed to have rolled tone holes, but I'm not too clear on what these are - this sax does play better than the SX90 though! It is supposed to have a darker tone than the SX90, but I do not think that there is a very big difference in tone.

This sax plays easily, with little resistance, and has a good design of keywork, which fits nicely under the hands, and is very responsive, as well as having quite good intonation. I like the new slightly gimmiky feature that Keilwerth has put on the palm keys whereby you can rotate the ends of them to suit your needs.

The one problem with this sax, is that it lacks a depth of tone, and it sounds slightly dull - it sounds as though the horn is not alive, and the tone is not very rich at all. Although it may be easier to play, and feel nicer than some of the other saxes around, it lacks the lovely tone found in selmer saxophones.

One of the coolest things about this sax is its finish. It is finished in black nickel, with gold lacquered keys, and it also has some fancy hand engraving - definitely the coolest finish that I have ever seen on the sax.

As with all keilwerth saxes, this is supplied in a hard case with back-pack straps, but without a mouthpiece.

Overall, this is a decent sax, which is easy to play, but I would favour the selmer saxes simply because they have a much deeper and richer tone than this keilwerth. If you are looking for a sax with a cool finish then this is definitely the sax for you though!
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DarkMark 18.06.2004 17:26

a nice review, I wish I could play an instrument beyond a non annoying degree <DarkMark

pVcQuEeN666 18.06.2004 17:12

Welcome to Ciao. pVcQ xXx

Belle 18.06.2004 13:45

Well you certainly seem to know what you're talking about, but just a little more information would go a long way. Good start and welcome to Ciao! K xxx

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Long Name SX90R
Type Tenor Saxophone
Manufacturer Keilwerth

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