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A review of the RAW XS alto by Stephen Howard...author of the Haynes Saxophone Manual
Some quick snippets:
"....Tonewise I feel the RAW achieves a remarkable balance between the lyrical qualities of the vintage era and the soulful edge of the contemporary, yet it does so with grace, poise and just the right amount of grit. It's also got that 'moreishness' thing going on that I found in the tenor - the sense that every time you pick it up, it has more to give"
"....In mechanical terms the killer feature of this horn is that it's fitted with proper point screws. Not silly pseudo points that only do half the job, or pointless (literally) parallel screws that do little more than hold the keys on - but proper, honest-to-goodness, no nonsense point screws.
What this means for me is that when the time comes to service the horn it'll be a great deal easier to take up the inevitable wear in the keys that pivot on these screws - and what that means for you, the player, is that the action feels more solid, slicker and responsive for longer, there'll be fewer wear-related leaks from the pads...and best of all, it'll cost you a lot less to have the action adjusted down the years. Proper point screws - everybody wins."
"....On the specs alone it's an impressive horn. The build quality, the setup and the whole package adds up to a very credible pro-quality instrument - and when you factor in the feel, the tone and the response I think it's fair to say that the RAW XS raises the standard for the 21st century alto."
Read the full review:http://www.shwoodwind.co.uk/Reviews/Saxes/Alto/tj_raw_alto.htm
The UK Music Industry Awards 2012
Nomination for Best Wind Instrument 2012
The Trevor James Signature Custom RAW saxophone
Please help by adding your vote to the growing support we are receiving by clicking http://tinyurl.com/ck9s8nl and visiting the Classic FM radio website page - The Signature Custom RAW saxophone is 7th down on the nomination list!
Many thanks to all or suportive saxophone players and teachers around the world who have already emailed us to to say they have voted for the Signature Custom and have wished us luck at the awards!.
Saxophone Upgrade Scheme (UK only)
It doesn’t matter what condition your saxophone is in or even if it’s actually playable, you can take your sax (any brand) in to one of the participating music shops listed below and use it to upgrade to a new Trevor James SR or Signature Custom RAW sax. In return for your instrument, you will receive £250 credit to be offset against a brand new SR or a SC saxophone.
Participating UK music shops
Sax.co.uk - Crowborough T: 01892 662533
Sax.co.uk – London T: 0207 8367172
Windstruments - Bingley T: 01274 510050
Windblowers - Nottingham T: 0115 941 0543
Windband - Shrewsbury T: 01743 367482
Richard Behrend - Liverpool T: 0151 733 2213
Crowthers - Canterbury T: 01227 763965
Allegro Music – Chelmsford T: 01245 283527
Allegro Music - West Cliff On Sea T: 01702 348476
Allegro Music - Colchester T: 01206 – 579886
A & C Hamilton - Preston T: 01772 722516
Forsyths - Manchester T: 0161 834 3281
Howarths - London T: 0207 935 2407
Woodwind & Reed - Cambridge T: 01223 500442
Brittens - Tunbridge Wells T: 01892 540611
Brittens - New Haw, Surrey T: 01932 351165
Windsection - Edinburgh T: 0131 556 6504
Minim Music - Kirbymoorside, York T: 017514 30707
Blue Note - Sheffield T: 0114 2303400
Curly Woodwind - Liverpool T: 0151 709 8383
Ken Stevens - Cambridge T: 01223 367758
Studio Saxes - Abergavenny T: 0187 3859966
Brittens Music - New Haw, Surrey T: 01932 351165
Brittens Music - Tunbridge Wells T: 01892 526659
ABC Music - Market Harborough T: 01858 463114
Woodwind Direct - Dereham, Norfolk T: 01362 688908
Fox UK Music - Grantham (Lincs) T: 01476 570700
John Packer - Taunton. T: 01823 282386
Hayes Music - Southampton. T: 02380-860889
Cy Music - T: 01962-820344
Music Room / Banks - York. T: 01904 658836
Wessex Music - Sherbourne (Dorset). T:01935 816960
East Coast Wind - Hornchurch (Essex). T: 01708 446644
Jonathan Myall Music - Croydon T: 0208 662 8400
With saxophonist Andy Brush, who will be on hand for demos and to offer advice on choosing your next upgrade saxophone.
**Featuring the exciting and much talked about Signature Custom 'RAW' saxophone
"a monster sax" .....Andy Shepard
"its' not just a good horn, it's a great horn - and for the price, you'd have to be insane not to try one before buying anything else!" ....Stephen Howard - Author of the Haynes Saxophone Manual
Upgrade Day Schedule for April and May 2012
21st April Howarth’s of London T: 0207 935 2407
4th May Windblowers of Nottngham T: 0115 941 0543
5th May Curly Music - Liverpool T: 0151 709 8383
25th May Jonathan Myall - CroydonT: 0208 662 8400
7th June JG Windows - Newcastle T: 0191 232 1356