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by Rv6 Russ
(9 posts)
8 years ago

difference between Keilwerth SX 90 & EX 90

What is the difference between the SX 90 and the EX 90. Any comments on the playability of these horns? Russ

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  1. by barisax999
    (400 posts)

    8 years ago

    Re: difference between Keilwerth SX 90 & EX 90

    i dont know about the ex, but i play on an sx90 tenor. it plays very big and overall is amazing. the pads keilwerth puts crappy and stick ilke crazy. get the pads treated right off the bat.

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    1. by STEVE GOODSON
      (291 posts)

      8 years ago

      Re: difference between Keilwerth SX 90 & EX 90

      The SX series is made at the Keilwerth shop in Germany. The EX is made elsewhere, and is sold by Keilwerth dealers. It's a VERY different horn, made to different specifications.

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      1. by Rv6 Russ
        (9 posts)

        8 years ago

        Re: difference between Keilwerth SX 90 & EX 90

        I am glad to learn that. I have been wanting to purchase Keilwerth but did not know what the EX is. I will keep looking. Thanks for the info.

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        1. by connsaxman_jim
          (2336 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: difference between Keilwerth SX 90 & EX 90

          The Ex is a student-intermediate model horn that I believe is made in Taiwan though I'm not exactly sure. They're not a BAD horn, but not a GOOD horn either, The SX-90's are GREAT horns. As for the issue with the pads sticking, I haven't really experienced any problems myself, but I have heard of this problem before, The pads that Keilwerth uses on the SX horns are very good pads. They are treated to be moisture resistant, and apparently they have a tendancy to be a little sticky when new. It's nothing that a little Charlie's Gig Dust won't fix. and once the horn has been played a little, it shouldn't be a problem at all. Those pads will last a LONG time. As for the SX-90 vs. the SX-90R, BOTH are great horns. The SX-90R has a warmer, more vintage tone than the SX-90 due to the soldered on tone ring that mimic the vintage rolled tone holes found on the old Conn saxophones. They're not a true rolled tone hole. There were a few problems with the earlier SX-90R's with warped tone holes partly due to the soldering process. It is my feeling that the flaws in the SX-90R were not nearly as common or as severe as they were made out to be in a couple articles that I have read. I have seen several horns and ALL of them played very well. Those I have checked have all been within specifications. I recommend playing any horn before buying, but I don't think that the SX-90R's are bad horns. For the difference in price, I bought the SX-90. The price difference is close to $1000 between the two. I have been very well satisfied with my horn and the people at Keilwerth are great! Jim

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        2. by JazzMatics
          (1 post)

          4 years ago

          Re: difference between Keilwerth SX 90 & EX 90

          I own a Keilwerth SX-90R Alto. It plays great !!! I purchased it four years ago and haven't any pads replaced on it yet. Every six months or so I will take it completely apart and give it a good cleaning inside and out and also wipe down the pads with a damp cloth. All in all, if you take care of your horn it will take care of you. But i do have a question about the Keilwerth Sopranos. Are they just as great a horn as the alto and tenor or should start searching elsewhere?

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