An couple of ominous statements on Jim Schmidt’s website, maybe reading between the lines, means either there aren’t enough rich ‘C players’ or the ‘C’ maybe doesn’t have a high enough visibility ?
The first statement " I am presently making my last Contralto for awhile because all my attention will soon be focused on Tenors. "
Followed by the more revealing "The labor required to build these specialized horns is too intense for me to sustain by myself. I need help. Investors or manufacturers who are interested in producing this design are welcome to contact me. Musicians who want to purchase these horns at a reasonable cost are encouraged to call the manufacturers and tell them so. Anyone who has the energy, resources and foresight to push for the production of these improved horns will have my cooperation."
The price, or the waiting time wouldn’t really have been a barrier – had I wanted one of these – it’s the concept of learning a whole new set of fingerings…
Jim, I hope someone does come along to keep the project going, shame to have wasted all the calculations in the C design on just a few saxes ! Anyone have any idea who bought Jim’s C’s ?