Raw by name, raw by nature - creating a fantastic tone to suit many styles. Designed and setup in the UK.
"...On the specs alone it's an impressive horn. The build quality, the setup and the whole package adds up to a very credible pro-quality instrument - and when you factor in the feel, the tone and the response I think it's fair to say that the RAW XS raises the standard for the 21st century alto." Stephen Howard - Author of the Haynes Saxophone Manual
As an advanced and professional sax player you will have experience of playing saxophones made of different metals and finishes. The Signature Custom saxophone aims to bridge the gap between what the player 'demands' in their 'Horn' and what the manufacturer supplies in return.
The 'RAW' and 'RAW XS' TJ Signature Custom saxophone were launched in 2012 following more than 2 years of testing, discussion and research with sax players around the world who wanted a genuine vintage sound along with an aged look to their instrument. Unlike many other Companies who simply apply a coloured finish to the instrument to give it the appearance of being old, we have simply taken the saxophone in it's raw manufactured condition and added the mechanism. So when we say the instrument is RAW...it really is!
With the older horns and their mechanism becoming fragile over the years through constant use, we have spent a lot of time researching the designs and durability of the older horns and utilising a naked or 'RAW' brass material for the body of the horn, we have added mechanism which is very secure to the touch. From the pivot screws down to the padding, we have looked at how you expect a pro horn to sound and feel. The 'RAW' body tubing of the horn will begin to age naturally immediately you start playing the instrument and will look and play like a 'Vintage' sax without the worry of the mechanism going out of alignment.
The 'Raw' alto body is exactly as it says, raw of the usual lacquer or plating which is usually applied to modern day horns. This 'naked' appearance gives the instrument the old or 'Vintage' look and combined with a resilient modern mechanism and great set-up / build at our Lenham, Kent workshops ensures a top quality pro horn which we are all proud of.
Model: Signature Custom RAW
Mechanism: Full Keywork
Lyre Box: Yes