This is a very nice Grassi 2000 alto saxophone, made in Italy, serial number 56946. The 2000 showcases a rich and centered core sound much like the vintage Grassi models but also has nice contemporary key work. The key work on the 2000 is extremely comfortable and is very comparable to the ergonomics of the Selmer Super Action 80 Series. This is specifically true in the shaping of the table keys in the right hand. The Grassi does feature a high F# key as well as a front F key with a rounded pearl touch.
This particular alto has seen some performances in its day but is in great physical condition. The body tube, bow, bow cap and bell flare are all in superb shape and show no history of past repair. It also includes the original Grassi neck. The neck has never been pulled down in the past.
This alto was recently set-up in the Saxquest shop and is now in perfect playing condition. The pads are in great shape, fitted with Selmer style brown plastic resonators and will last for many years. If you are looking for a beautiful warm balanced sound you can not go wrong with the Italian made Grassi.