Couf Superba I Alto Saxophone
H. Couf Superba I alto saxophone with rolled tone holes and high F#. Couf saxophones have an incredibly loyal following, and it's easy to see why after spending some time with this fine saxophone. Keilwerth manufactured this instrument for Couf and used their unique geometry, producing a saxophone sound that is unlike just about any other. If you study the bell size and flare, you can see that it's quite a bit larger than most other saxophones, and a characteristic that I suspect contributes to its unique tone. If I had to compare the lovely sound this sax produces, it's a bit like a Selmer SBA tenor sax. It possesses an incredibly full, pure, slightly darker sound that is almost more tenor like than alto. The tone is absolutely huge, in a powerful, enveloping way (maybe like a Dexter sort of way...I keep on making tenor references, but that's my impression of this horn).
This horn is in remarkable condition for its age. It just received a service where four pads were replaced. The rest are of varying age, but all are sealing perfectly as of now. This is a tremendous horn that is probably one of the very best Superba I's out there. The s/n on the neck matches the horn (84,xxx).