Re: F. E. Olds Alto Sax
I recently picked up a used NA63J Olds Pro Alto model, but not the stainless resonator model. Its heavy, well made, sounds just like a Selmer SA-80. The key work is excellent. The finish is average. It needs nothing, but with top of the line pads, a better neck, it could easily pass for a pro sax. It has the sound quality. I think every pro should own one. Why would you want to take a top of the line sax to a questionable area to perform. If your Olds was ripped off or damaged, you would not be devasted, just upset. I think its a great back up horn. I spent a few hours researching every post in every language about these horns, and the former owner of L.A. Sax, who sold the business two years ago is now in charge of producing the latest models which are even better with high copper content. I guess resurecting a vintage product name is no infringement on his old brand. The Taiwanese can produce very high quality horns if they are given cost is no object metal, and the best machine tools. It also helps to make exact copies of Paris Selmers. Almost as good is usually good enough if the price is right.