• P. Mauriat Breakdown (September, 2007)

    by  • June 1, 2010 • Uncategorized

    Website blurb follows: Music is a medium for a person to realize their thoughts, to speak a language that has no boundaries, to express life’s beauty and sadness. In this endeavor an instrument can be a barrier between the player and the imagination that distorts the true intention. P.Mauriat has given the world a line of saxophones that are not obstacles, but keys that unlock doors in creative minds.

    The creation of a P.Mauriat saxophone is second to none. Our French brass, used in combination with other metals, is super resonant because of the extensive hand hammering process it undergoes in our factory. A single saxophone section will be hammered as many as 400 times before it moves on to some one else’s expert hands for the final shaping. Each tone hole is drawn from the saxophone one by one to ensure the precision and consistency required for excellent response and intonation. Our lacquer is applied in three stages to the vintage saxophones, to achieve a timeless look that will last through the years. Finally, the hand engraving is masterfully accomplished with nothing other than a simple hand held tool and years of experience. The embodiment of asthetic [sic] beauty and technical precision, 2007 P.Mauriat Saxophones have arrived.

    P.Mauriat Saxophones are different than all others because they are hand made from start to finish. Every process that the saxophone is put through, from shaping to lacquering to engraving, is carried out by a living, breathing person. Vibrant life is what sets our saxophones apart from all the others. With so many brands falling into a mediocre shade of grey, P.Mauriat stands tall and full of color (Reference Link).

    DETAILED HISTORY:About the Founder, Company Profile, Company Mission

    CORPORATE WEBSITES: http://www.pmauriatmusic.com, Links to Local Distributors, Wikipedia Entry

    MAIN CATALOGS: 2007 Online Catalog, Catalog Order


    Commentary from your Humble Webmaster

    This may or may not help.

    P. Mauriat seems to have four “series” of saxophone: Campus, Contemporary, Vintage and Premium Artist. These “breakdowns” don’t count for much, however. The only thing that’s obvious is that the “Campus” models are the “student” line.

    P. Mauriat advertises horns as “French sounding” or “American sounding” (reference link). This is actually not a bad thing. When I think of a “French sound”, I’m thinking “Selmer” and when I think of an “American sound”, I’m thinking “Conn”. Unfortunately, P. Mauriat doesn’t make it easy to choose based on model number which horn sounds like what. You actually have to go to their website and find out what their marketing department has to say.

    Some of the specifications on the website contradict their specification chart — and those can, in turn, contradict their catalog.

    In other words, don’t accept the specifications I’ve listed as gospel truth. You’d better go to a dealer and ask.

    Another thing is that P. Mauriat seems to either randomly drop some models or have them available only in Taiwan. Nothing wrong with that, per se, but it makes things very confusing (i.e., “Why is this model offered on their website, but isn’t listed in their catalog or on a dealer website?”). Therefore, all the models I list are those that I’ve been able to find in both the catalog and online.

    It’s my opinion that P. Mauriat may have only two or three different bores, but you also have two neck choices, two or three bell choices and a variety of materials to choose from. This is similar to the Yamaha 475, 575 and 62: they all share the same bore, but have different necks, bells and material.

    While there are more expensive models, it seems that the System 76 is the top-line horn. The more expensive models just are made of different materials.

    Please also note that there are a variety of additional custom options you can get as special order:

  • Different neck finishes
  • Different bell finishes
  • Different key buttons
  • The somewhat amusing thing is that some of these “custom options” seem to be offered on a per-model basis, possibly for free. You probably will want to check with a dealer.

    These are VERY nice looking horns. I’d like to get my hands on a few to play.


    Model Offerings

    PMSA/PMST-201 and 202 CAMPUS

    BLURBAGE: The 202 Custom Class models are too good to be classed as just student models – but look at the price! A cut above anything else in the same price bracket and a horn that will hold it’s own against far more expensive instruments (Reference Link).

    It looks like the only difference between the 201 and 202 is that the 202 has engraving and a different color lacquer.

    PRODUCT BROCHURE/PICTURES: 202 Alto Page, 201 Tenor Page, 202/201 Alto and Tenor

    FEATURES:

    • With or without high F# Key.
    • Regular bell and big bell are available.
    • Available with regular neck or innovative vintage style Super VI neck.
    • Beautiful silver white abalone or silver white pearl key touches.
    • Double arms on low C (tenor only).

      (Reference Link 1, Reference Link 2)

    COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: Taiwan

    AVAILABLE PITCHES: Alto, Tenor

    AVAILABLE FINISHES: Clear lacquer, Gold lacquer.

    PRICEPOINT-ALTO: Under $1400.

    PRICEPOINT–TENOR: Under $1700.

    RANDOM DEALER: http://www.saxalley.com/pmauriatsaxs.html

    REVIEWS:

    SOTW/OFFSITE FORUM DISCUSSION: SOTW

    ENDORSING ARTISTS:


    VINTAGE 66 Alto, 67 Tenor

    BLURBAGE: More Focused Vintage American Sound (Reference Link).

    FEATURES:

    • With or without high F# Key.
    • Bell and body: Dark lacquered brass, special hand engraving available.
    • Available with regular neck or innovative vintage style Super VI neck.
    • Beautiful blue abalone pearl key touches.

      (Reference Link 1, Reference Link 2)

    PRODUCT BROCHURE/PICTURES: Online Catalog, Catalog Order, Soprano Page, 66R Tenor, 67R Alto, 67 Alto

    COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: Taiwan

    AVAILABLE PITCHES: Alto, Tenor

    AVAILABLE FINISHES: Dark lacquer, Gold lacquer

    PRICEPOINT-ALTO: Under $2100.
    PRICEPOINT–TENOR: Under $2600.

    RANDOM DEALER: http://www.saxalley.com/p-mauriat-saxs.html

    REVIEWS: 67R Alto (P.Mauriat-Hosted), 66R Tenor (P.Mauriat-Hosted), 66R (SOTW Review), SOTW/OFFSITE FORUM DISCUSSION

    ENDORSING ARTISTS:


    PMXA-67R/PMXT-66R Vintage Series

    BLURBAGE: Vintage American Sound (Reference Link).

    FEATURES:

    • With or without high F# Key.
    • Bell and body: Dark lacquered brass, special hand engraving available.
    • Available with regular neck or innovative vintage style Super VI neck,
    • Tone holes are rolled with rounded edges for long pad life, tight seal, and smooth technical feel.
    • Beautiful blue abalone pearl key touches
    • Professional Class.

      (Reference Link 1, Reference Link 2)

    • Allegedly (and according to some posts I’ve read), the 66/67 and the 66R/67R have different bows and bells, thus making the horns play “significantly” different. YMMV.

    PRODUCT BROCHURE/PICTURES: Alto Page, Tenor Page

    COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: Taiwan

    AVAILABLE PITCHES: Alto, Tenor

    AVAILABLE FINISHES: Dark lacquer, Gold lacquer, Gold plate

    PRICEPOINT-ALTO: Under $2300 (gold plate adds $350).

    PRICEPOINT-TENOR: Under $2900 (gold plate adds $350).

    RANDOM DEALER

    REVIEWS: 67R Alto (P.Mauriat-Hosted), 66R Tenor (P.Mauriat-Hosted), 66R SOTW Review,

    SOTW/OFFSITE FORUM DISCUSSION

    ENDORSING ARTISTS: