System - 76 2nd. Edition

review by Arno Haas

It was a long wish of mine to play a soprano without the changeable neck, just to play one piece!

Now at last I got to my hands one of the first P. Mauriat soprano- System 76 UL one - piece body. UL stands for unlaquered and it's a "one piece" Soprano in the System 76 series.
Visually, the new UL 76 differs much from my system 76 of the 1st generation. The mechanism is very much finer or more elegant and I have a feeling that it is a little bit lighter. Ergonomically, the saxophone is perfect in my hands. Easy to hold it comfortably,(even without neckstrap) and to play. The intonation is as typical for P. Mauriat almost perfect, what for a soprano saxophone is certainly not obvious!
A balanced uniform feel and sound volume from deepest to the highest register leaves no wishes open. Under much pressure, the instrument still sings in the best manner. In other situations where I should replace flutes, clarinets or oboes, it is playing as soft as it need and as I want.Fantastic flexibility!
I'm excited about a full-line of the brand new System 76 product and looking forward to play it
the next few weeks while extensively touring! Many thanks to Alex and all at the P. Mauriat team.

other reviews

Alejandro Chiabrando

When I tried for first time a P.Mauriat I could not believe that a horn made today could sound so good and be so easy to play. I thought that it was only a privilege from the vintage horns.

Darren Rahn

This saxophone delivers for me in the same way that the P. Mauriat tenors and altos do. I finally feel content with a soprano – this thing is great!

I had the pleasure of trying this sax at the 2010 NAMM show. This instrument left me with out words.

Farrell Vernon

I wanted to thank for the phenomenal SYSTEM 76 2nd EDITION SOPRANO saxophone. I can describe this soprano in two words, UNBRIDLED ENERGY. I was amazed at how effortless this soprano was to play in tune throughout the entire range of the instrument. High notes speak without having to contort my embouchure, yet the low notes are easily controlled to achieve even the softest of dynamics. I especially appreciate the tonal colors that are now available to me on this soprano.

Remi Alvarez

This is one of the best sopranos I´ve ever had, I used to play for many years the selmer serie III, now I´ll sale it.