Saxophone/Richmond Tenor Sax

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Ken wrote at 2014-06-13 17:29:32
Hi Arthur:

Your question is a few years old however others might be interested. A Richmond Sax query seems to pop up about every 3 or 4 yrs!!



I acquired my Richmond Alto (Made in Italy Serial #B 3312) as a hand me down from my sister in 1962. Where she got it know one knows and probably paid under $100. I played this from 1963 until 1980 and it is now framed as an antique. In today's terms is would barely make a low quality student instrument, however, I played it in high school, university, Lions Marching band, a successful rock band and numerous concert bands and amazingly even won music competitions with it. Obviously, it's more about the talent behind the mouthpiece!! HaHa.



I trust most Richmonds were designed and built in Italy and some would say should have stayed in Italy. Mechanically, the one I have is poorly designed and sounds worse than mediocre. It's the same difference between a tricycle and a 4 dr Cadillac.



Give it away....and go and try a Selmer Mark VI.



Cheers and good luck.

Ken

Calgary, Alberta  


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Anything related to saxophones, particularly vintage saxophones. *Please note*: most of the questions seem to be requests for value estimates of one kind or another from laypersons -- unfortunately that means I have to ask that you observe some firm rules about providing information (photos) so that I can better assist you (see requirements below). Please be aware that when it comes to the value of a saxophone, condition is everything. Condition is absolutely impossible to divine over the internet, unless you are a good player who can provide a sound sample, and very detailed photographs, covering every millimeter of the saxophone in question. Questions such as regard the presence or absence of original parts influence value greatly, as much as 90% or more. If you want an estimate of any kind, no matter how rough & ready, please provide at least 12 photographs, and a link to them, hosted on a server that allows me to access them. This is especially important when asking about off-brands, as there are many older vintage brands whose names have been borrowed or bought by companies selling modern saxophones from Taiwan or China. (An "off-brand" in this case is any brand except: Conn, King, Martin, Buescher, Buffet, Selmer, Keilwerth, Yamaha, Yanagisawa or SML. If your question refers to a brand not among those mentioned, please be sure to upload at least one *detailed* photograph of the saxophone in question when asking for information on that saxophone.) IF YOU HAVE A STENCIL OR OFF-BRAND, and you are looking for identification or dating, you must provide at least 12 photos, with close-ups and detail shots, in order to receive an answer.

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