I’ve purchased the thomann MK IV tenor saxophone as a student model, since i’ve never before owned a tenor horn and I was not ready to spend the money a P. Mauriat is worth. I’ve been an enthusiast alto sax for the last 10 years and decided to go for the lower register.
I’ve own a few alto saxes collected over the years, yamaha, conn and restored 20’s dolnet, and i used to play a borrowed yamaha’s YTS475 tenor.
This horn has been a revelation to me of how good a sax can sound, and how easy it should play. the sound is very rich and stable, I play it with a meyer and a STM mouthpiece and legere reeds, i use a 1.5 studio cut on meyer to play a dark sound, and a signature 2.0 with the STM most of the time.
It was shipped with exceptional padding and the case is a perfect fit, there is no movement of the saxophone while it’s in the case, I'll buy a new one more stylish and durable for gigs. It arrived in perfect playable conditions.
To my surprise the horn is fully adjustable, all sync mechanisms can be calibrated with screws.
the slight inclination of the bell to the right, typical of Tenon industrial saxophones, allows me to play the horn resting on the side of my hip, making it a great instrument to play for hours a a time and to rock on the stage!
1 - the top post of the G key has an empty screw hole, you can see it in the pictures in the website, look at the arm that controls the lower octave key, Its probably standard. It affects nothing but it would be prettier with a regular post.
2 - Some key cups are deformed probably in the setup, the setup itself is a perfect 10, but it would be prettier again if the keycups were perfect.
At this price range, I'm just being picky with the negative sides, the sonority is the same you get on a P.Mauriat.