In this parcel from Spain my newestelectronic wind instrument has arrived: a Travel Sax.
I am very curious to seehow this wind controller printed on a 3D printer looks like in reality – I hopeyou are too, because today I will show you how I unpack this parceland what my first impressions of the Travel Sax are.
Welcome to this video.
Today it's all about this parcel, respectively the contents of this parcel: a Travel Sax.
Some time ago I became aware of the Travel Saxon the crowdfunding platform kickstarter and supported the project because I think it is an interesting concept.
The Travel Sax is a portable, small, lightweight, electronic saxophone for practice.
The Travel Sax is produced by Odisei Music, a Spanish company.
You can find the link in the description of this video below.
Odisei Music praises the Travel Sax as the smallest and lightest electronic saxophone in the world.
As you can see on the website of Odisei Music, the Travel Sax has a saxophone key mechanism and a saxophone mouthpiece.
I find this particularly interesting becauseit makes the Travel Sax even “closer” to the real acoustic saxophone than other wind controllers.
The Travel Sax comes with a rechargeable lithiumbattery, which provides up to six hours of playing time.
And there is also an app for the instrument available for Android and iPhone.
Based on this information and the pictures I saw on the website of Odisei Music, I decided to buy the Travel Sax.
And now let's see if it really delivers what it promises.
As you can see, the package is relatively small.
Here are the delivery documents.
a confirmation of my payment.
As you can see, it arrived in good condition.
Looks well packed.
And now we'll see if the contents arrived in good condition, too.
(Music) There is another box in the box.
Looks good, though.
There is a letter that's even personalized:”Dear Christoph .
” And the letter confirms that I have the number 11 of 221 Travel Sax, which were supported by the Kickstarter project supporters.
Attached on the letter is a business card of the CEO of Odisei Music with his phone number.
So, I can call him if I have a problem with the Travel Sax.
Very good is that an alto saxophone mouthpiece is included and and an adapter for a soprano, tenor or baritone saxophone mouthpiece if I want to use a different mouthpiece.
Very good! My impression of this personal letter is very positive.
If the instrument also makes such a positiveimpression, then we are on the right track.
Next there is an instruction manual.
The manual is printed professionally, so it is not a copy of a copier .
makes a good impression.
The inside of the manual also looks professional at first glance.
On the inside of the package there is a quote from Charlie Parker.
This is an absolute detail and completely irrelevant for the instrument, but I think that such details contribute to a good first overall impression.
Now let’s see the most important part: the instrument.
There is an instrument case with it .
which can be carried by hand.
It is a hard case .
more or less, but very solid.
It makes a good impression.
The decisive moment.
there are obviously two compartments.
On one side there are probably accessories.
I'll take a look at that later.
On this side: the Travel Sax.
(music) It's a little difficult to get out of the case.
It's probably just now, until I have used the instrument a little bit and I can get it in and out easily.
It fits in very well.
to take it out.
(music) Maybe I'm just too stupid.
But it's definitely.
The instrument is definitely well protected in this case.
At first glance you can see that it has a saxophone mechanism.
It lies relatively well in the hand .
it is very, very light.
The first perhaps negative point so far: I imagined the instrument to be more solid.
The keys seem relatively soft.
This does not necessarily mean that they will break quickly, but I had imagined a feel like the metal keys on a saxophone.
But here you notice that the keys are from a 3-D printer and from a very light material.
One might think that the keys could break off.
BUT: I remember reading on the website of Odisei Music that this should not be the case and that whole construction is very robust.
I think that is true.
But compared to the “real” acoustic saxophone with the very solid metal mechanism, the saxophone seems much more solid than these keys out of a 3-D printer.
Apart from that, at first glance, everything is there: the side keys .
the keys for the little fingers left and right.
On this side are the side keys.
This really corresponds to my alto saxophone.
Now I'll just see what's in the other pocket.
There's a bag here.
It feels high-class, I have a good impression.
A little difficult to open.
These are obviously the adapters for the different mouthpieces.
Already mounted is the adapter for the alto saxophone mouthpiece.
This looks like the soprano saxophone adapter andthese are the adapters for tenor and baritone saxophone.
There are other parts in the side pocket.
Here the alto saxophone mouthpiece.
It's wrapped in plastic, as you can hear.
Also included is a saxophone reed (no name) .
a cap and the mouthpiece (also no name).
But it seems to be professionally produced like a “real” alto saxophone mouthpiece.
We continue with a USB-C cable.
On the back of the Travel Sax is a port for the USB cable.
In the drawstring pouch there is also a microfiber cloth.
In the meantime, I noticed that there is an instruction in the manual how to take the Travel Sax out of the box.
You have to grab the Travel Sax at two specific points to pull it out of the box relatively easily.
Let us summarize.
In my package from Odisei Music I found a manual and a personal letter.
Then it contains a microfiber cloth, a USB cable, an alto saxophone reed with an alto saxophone mouthpiece and cap.
If you prefer a different mouthpiece, there are adapters for baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone and soprano saxophone.
The adapters are packed in this bag.
Then of course the most important thing: the Travel Sax and the case to transport it safely.
By the way, I find the case very positive, because there are other manufacturers, like Akai: With the EWI5000 you don't get a case.
The price of the Travel Sax is at the moment 499 Euro + shipping costs + customs fees, depending on where you live.
I don't know if I will manage to play with the instrument and if everything will work when I try to play it.
But my first impression of the Travel Sax is very positive.
Packaging and accessories look very professionally produced.
The only point that struck me and that I would have expected differently is the stability of the keys, which feel relatively soft when compared to a real acoustic saxophone.
This is probably due to the different material: The Travel Sax is not made of metal, but of a plastic material.
I hope you got a first impression of the Travel Sax by watching this video.
It is always interesting to hear what others think about such an instrument.
Let me know in the comments below.
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That's it for today.
See you next time.