Review of the Buffet Senzo Alto Saxophone

I had the privilege of going to the Buffet Showroom New York City, in 2015 and play testing the new alto, and taking it home for two weeks.   I really enjoyed this alto.  It has a dark sound, reminds me of the horns Charlie Parker used to play, good intonation and a beautiful pink bronze color.   

I was a little taken aback by the cutout in the neck for the unique octave key mechanism, the horn has a special shorter design like an old style Buffet.  I got around well on the horn, and I honestly wished that I had asked to be one of the first endorsers of this horn now.  If you check out this video, you can hear how it played.

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2 comments

  • Preston McKenzie
    Preston McKenzie Pittsburgh Pa
    Have you tried the Buffet 400 series saxophones? What's your opinion?

    Have you tried the Buffet 400 series saxophones? What's your opinion?

  • Marshall McDonald
    Marshall McDonald
    Yes, I've played them, they are made in China. They are what I would expect from Chinese horns. Not consistent. The Taiwan horns have definitely upped their game, yet...well, I'm particular. I found the Senzo to be much better for my liking. The Senzo is unique and is modeled after an old Buffet design, and it's manufactured at Keilwerth in Germany.

    Yes, I've played them, they are made in China. They are what I would expect from Chinese horns. Not consistent. The Taiwan horns have definitely upped their game, yet...well, I'm particular. I found the Senzo to be much better for my liking. The Senzo is unique and is modeled after an old Buffet design, and it's manufactured at Keilwerth in Germany.

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