This is the SX90R “Shadow” Tenor Saxophone by Julius Keilwerth. These are impressive looking instruments that are certainly very exceptional players. The body features a black nickel finish, silver plated keys and black pearl key touches. In addition all three of the palm keys can be adjusted to fit the contours of anyone’s hands, large or small. The G# key also has a very handy additional mechanism to prevent it from sticking. This instrument does have rolled tone holes.
Un-like many of the professional horns on the market today the Keilwerth is not an attempt to copy the Mark VI. The Keilwerth Shadow has a great edge to the sound but is neither extremely bright nor especially dark. It is a versatile instrument that is a favorite of many of today’s top players. The bigger body bow provides for a bigger free blowing sound and a wider dynamic range. Its bow size also gives this horn a truly ridiculous low end for sure!