Well, I ordered mine yesterday. $835 incl shipping, which is fairly good. I ordered the matte silver body with burnished gold keys, or whatever the modern equivalent is. It comes apparently with case, sling and reeds (I specified 2.5).
It’ll be very interesting to see what it’s like, it’s something that I and a lot of people have been supporting since it’s conception, I just hope that it meets expectations. I don’t think he’ll have any problems selling the first 100 if they’re decent quality, the second batch may be slightly more difficult.
I’ll try and photograph it, and maybe record a sample, but I’ll leave the reviewing up to Alan, who will do it much better than me 🙂
UPDATE: My C Melody will arrive in a weeks time, right on cue serious concerns are being raised in SOTW and elsewhere about the transport and setup of these instruments. I’ll keep you posted of my own experiences.
UPDATE: Mine arrived today.
The sax arrived boxed and in a cloth bag inside the case. All accessories and so on were present and correct, although the gloves didn’t fit (I have extremelly big hands).
Running my fingers up the front 6 keys, I realised very quickly that the G# wasn’t well set up. For a moment I thought it was just a piece of cork that had fallen off, until I took a look at the LH pinkie stack. Uh-oh.
This has I think been seriously bashed around. All the keys are wedged open, and one of the rods is slightly bent. The little connectors were all bent, and it was difficult to know where the root of the problem lay. Suffice to say that that end of the sax was unplayable.
The second problem I found was that the neck plug was bashed in or something, I couldn’t get it out. This made play testing impossible, so I shoved my leak light up the bottom. I did notice one or two faint leaks, but nothing like those noticed by Gandalfe. Under normal playing pressure I don’t think they’d make a difference really.
On the posting front, it arrived promptly, and without having to pay customs, I’m assuming that they’ll send a bill later.
I’ve contacted Steve, I will probably be trying to exchange this for one that isn’t as damaged, under the condition that the packaging is sorted out.
UPDATE: I took the neck plug out with some pliers yesterday, it was far too tightly fitted. I’ve tried to shave some plastic off, but it didn’t really work. The neck fitted well, but when play testing it the intonation was pretty dreadful. It was worst with the Aquilasax and Original Conn mouthpieces, and best with the windcraft. The problems that I found were that the bottom 3 fingers were in tune, and the top three fingers were in tune, but in a different tuning, if you see what I mean. I think a larger chamber mouthpiece will help, so I’m going to buy a cheap tenor and see how that compares.