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by jaguade
(3 posts)
3 years ago

Kurusawa alto sax


Anyone know the japanese brand "Kurusawa"? The man who sells it tells me that it is a brand for the internal market of Japan, but I can not find anything about this brand.

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  1. by mijderf
    (269 posts)

    3 years ago

    Re: Kurusawa alto sax

    Check the spelling.  There is a music shop named Kurosawa in Tokyo I think.  

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    1. by jaguade
      (3 posts)

      3 years ago

      Re: Kurusawa alto sax

      The seller has sent me a picture of the bell with the inscription "Kurusawa".
       

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    2. by bjroosevelt
      (47 posts)

      3 years ago

      Re: Kurusawa alto sax

      I lived in Japan for a year.  Japanese and Chinese translation to English/Roman letters tend to be inconsistent.  If this is a Chinese manufactured private label horn, it is not surprising that The shop is spelled Kurosawa on the internet, but Kurosawa on the horn.......In Japan, they use Chinese Characters for the name Kurosawa (on the internet and in the store), so no one would even notice that there was a translation problem on either the internet or on the horn.  Roman letters are simply considered cool. Misspellings are common.

      My guess, therefore, is that it is a Chinese made private label horn manufactured for the Kurosawa horn shop.   Would expect nothing special for the quality.......if it plays well and the price is right, get it.  My guess is that it is worth $200 - $500

      .....but this is only speculation.

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      1. by jaguade
        (3 posts)

        3 years ago

        Re: Kurusawa alto sax


        The seller claims that it is a saxophone bought in Japan. Ask € 390 for it.

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        1. by bjroosevelt
          (47 posts)

          3 years ago

          Re: Kurusawa alto sax

          Pricing confirms my guess.  Most likely a Chinese manufactured horn with a Japanese label.  Given that we don’t know the manufacturer, we also don’t know the quality...so it is hard to comment.

          Please let us know your experience level if you would like an assessment as to whether it makes sense to purchase. 

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