The MAC Soprano sound can be compared to the MK VI but with the feel and comfort of a 62. The new single piece design offers spot on intonation and the light, fast key response makes this instrument a dream to play. The warm, resonant sound is focused and delivers the dark, rich core all saxophonists seek.
Each MAC Soprano includes a MAC D-Jazz handcrafted mouthpiece with players choice of tip opening. Also included is the all new MACSAX case.
Posted by David Borgo, Professor of Music at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) on 24th Nov 2012
I purchased the raw brass finish and am very pleased with the horn. It has a huge bottom end, a meaty middle register (B, C, and C# are fat sounding, always a spot where sopranos can choke off a bit) and plays up through the altissimo fairly easily. But best of all, the horn has a real character to the sound (I personally think the raw brass helps, but I'm sure the other finishes are fine) and allows you to shape the sound (i.e., from covered to bright, bend pitches, etc.) all while playing in tune as needed. I compared it with a $5,000 Keilwerth Liebman model (a loner I had on hand) and felt that the Max Sax's character, great ergonomics, and significantly light weight (it really does feel like a Yamaha 62, my main horn for decades, with a more robust sound), trumped the otherwise great sounding Keithwerth.
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