This is a custom ordered P Mauriat Master 97 series alto sax, serial number PM0427015. The Master 97 is one of the newer models offered by P Mauriat, but it usually is only available in a traditional gold lacquer. This one is in the popular unlacquered option, featuring a bare brass design. Makes it look like an old vintage horn, when it is in reality less than a year old!
The Master 97 is one of my favorite modern altos. It plays with a clear, focused tone and fast response. They are traditionally darker sounding horns, but the unlacquered option has opened it up some, made it a hair brighter, with some added punch and power. Great resonance that you can feel under your fingers.
Physically the horn is close to flawless. There are no scratches or physical wear, and only light smudges and clouding to the raw brass. It has never been played hard or extensively, and pads are still in new condition as well. This one will go back through our shop again before it ships, so the set up will be fresh when it arrives at your door. An excellent top-of-the-line pro alto for a price that is hard to pass up.