Some Common statements and questions:
"I want more projection."
"I like a certain edge in the sound."
"I want more of the core sound of my horn."
"I like a dark sound."
"I donʼt want to change the character of my horn, I just want some more projection."
"I want more projection but donʼt want the sound to be too bright."
"What will it do for my articulation? I have heard that these resonators can affect articulation. "
Some simply ask, - "Will it make my horn louder?"
These are questions that all get to the essence of what Reso-Tech Resonators can do for the sound of your saxophone.
Accordingly, what follows is a general description of what you can expect with Reso-Techs in your horn.
Compared to nylon resonators (what people often refer to as plastic) and other cheaper stamped or through-riveted resonators, the difference with a set of Reso-Techs is like night and day. With more Projection, Richness and a certain "Sparkle" in the sound, your horn is more fun to play.
Good resonators also enhance articulation. The pitch changes of the notes within the horn are not swallowed up and the horn will seem to speak quicker and better.
If you are not sure what you want, remember that the following always holds true: One cannot go wrong with Brass Resonators. Brass always delivers the goods. Rich sound and enhanced projection are the characteristics of Brass Resonators.
Nickel resonators are considered traditional because of their use in the Super Balanced Actions and MK VIʼs of the 1950ʻs and 60ʻs. Many players want them because they were the original resonators in their horn and they prefer the noticeably brighter sound.
For a more edgy, brighter, traditional R and B sound, Nickel could be the best choice. With a high baffle neouthpiece, you could out-do the guitar player in the band, or even peel the paint off the walls of your house! In all seriousness, you'll gain the possibility of achieving a sound more akin to that of the greats, such as Wilton Felder or King Curtis.
On the other hand, using a dark, large bore, or more traditional low baffle mouthpiece with Nickel, will sound great. The extra volume of the Nickel, in combination with a mainstream traditional mouthpiece, will give your sound extra power and projection while still retaining its darkness.
In sum, Nickel can go either way and be a great choice depending on whether your mouthpiece and horn are naturally bright or dark.
For Baritone Sax we recommend Nickel as a foolproof choice, due to the Baritoneʼs naturally lower volume and tendency to get buried in larger ensemble settings. To cut through the morass of the Big Bandʼs sound, the Bari needs to have a good buzz in its projection. Nickel is the ultimate for Baritone and Brass a close second.
Silver resonators are expensive, due to the value of the Silver itself.
As a softer metal than brass, silver resonators have a somewhat less bright, duller sound than comparable brass resonators.
That being said, horns with silver resonators sound absolutely great!
We have no absolute, definitive evaluation of silver's sound qualities as a resonator in comparison to brass but we do think that in a blindfold test with resonators nestled in a pad, it might be hard to tell the difference between the two. We do suspect that given the somewhat duller sound of silver, a set of silver resonators might be somewhat less resonant and bright than brass.
A gold plated horn has a noticeably different sound than a laquered horn. There is a certain sparkle and a unique resonance in the sound of a gold plated horn.
It follows that the same is true for Gold Plated Resonators. A bench test of freely suspended, comparable resonators shows them to have high overtones and a sweeter sound than brass.
Given that a set of resonators constitutes a substantial portion of the saxophone, the investment in a set of Gold Plated Resonators is one to seriously consider.
Gold as a material is also impervious to the effects of moisture and oxidation.
Gold and it's value will stand the test of time.
Solid Gold Resonators are expensive. Contact us for prices.
We recently sent a set of Gold Plated Resonators to Roberto's Woodwinds, NYC for Roberto to install in one of Joe Lovanno's MK VI tenors and sent Gold Plated sets to players in England and Germany, and all the reviews have been stellar.
WHICH SHAPE ?
Domed or Flat?
This choice seems to continue to be one of ongoing, subjective conjecture and is more often than not simply a matter of one's personal preference. Factors such as what the hornʼs original resonators were and other subjective reasons come into play. The choice will likely forever remain a subjective one. Many think that Dome reflects the sound in unique and desirable ways while others prefer Flat for other reasons.
However, we at Reso-Tech have a loosely held opinion but enough of one worth mentioning; that flat resonators make for a more be-bop type of articulation with a sense of a more defined separation between notes. But this statement is made with the disclaimer that - We have no scientific proof of this being the case!
A little more presence in the sound particularly from the mid range down through the lower register - more "bump" and presence in the lower notes.
There is such a difference using Reso-Tech Resonators that we don't always recommend installing Oversized Resonators in your Saxophone. Keep in mind that if you are using Nickel the sound is going to be very bright and noticably loud!
Nickel is best for Tenor and most especially for Baritone.
We have most oversizes for the majority of common saxophones. If we don't, we'll ask for the Tone Hole sizes so we can size for the particular horn.
- Custom Sizing -
We will do custom sizing that is above and beyond normal oversizing in scope and time involved for an extra charge. Call or Email.
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