When I play
saxophone I look for certain qualities that can be produced with a horn, a
great tone, great intonation and of course a wide range of dynamics for sound
projections, from a whisper to a commanding presence on the band stand. The
Soprano Sax SS522 Artist Series gives me all of this and more. Let me not
forget to mention that the action on the keys is amazing. This horn allows me
to go in the direction that I need to go...the right direction!''
- Albert Rivera Recording Artist
"As I pulled the BS509 baritone sax out of the box and case I noticed
it is lighter than
other brands I've tried. I was blown away with the projection and ease
play of this Saxophone. What I like the most is the positioning of the
keys, they fall right into your fingers and palms without any awkward
to reach any key at all. I took the liberty to take my just-arrived
saxophone from the box to a recording session and it did work
flawlessly. The intonation is great, the sound is phenomenal, this horn
will be my main
horn for years to come. I am happy to be part of the RS Berkeley family,
and happier to have such a great horn in my hands!"
- Albert Sanchez Recording Artist
''I play the Virtuoso Alto Saxophone on Saturday Night Live and this horn
is great...great...great! It's AMAZING...!!!'' - Alex Foster Saturday Night Live Band
''I've played a lot of saxophones over the course of my career and this
by far is the best one I have played!''
- Benny Russell Recording Artist
Berkeley Bass Flute is a really great instrument The mechanics have a smooth,
solid feel allowing it to respond like the smaller C flute. The scale is right
in there and the tone is superb!''
Sopranino is made with excellent craftsmanship and integrity. This instrument
will be included in my musical voice.''
- Billy Drewes Recording Artist
"The SS522 Artist Series soprano is an amazing
instrument. The intonation, altissimo and feel of the horn is superior to other straight sopranos
I've "test driven" in recent years. I'd heard great things about the
RS Berkeley Virtuoso altos and tenors and their Artist soprano is equally
- Brent Jensen College of Southern Idaho
''The Virtuoso is a dream to play. With an even sound and amazing
intonation in all ranges, I look forward to picking it up and playing it every
time. I'm loving the
ergonomic key layout of the Virtuoso and most importantly, I am able to produce
my sound. This is a beautiful saxophone!''
- Brice Winston Recording Artist
Berkeley Tenor Sax is a mind blowing instrument. My RS Berkeley
tenor has yielded to all of my sound desires and my other tenor has not left the
case.The core sound of this horn is fat, robust, centered and full of tonal
colors that keep drawing me deeper into this amazing instrument. Bravo times
ten RS Berkeley for this great horn!!!!!
- Bob Magnuson Recording Artist
the finest saxophones I’ve ever played!"
- Bobby Keys The Rolling Stones
''When I tried
the RS Berkeley Flugelhorn, I was very surprised! It has a very nice and warm
sound. The action of the valves are great and it is very easy to play.'' - Charlie Sepúlveda Recording Artist
instruments! Amazing people! Fantastic support! A dream come true for every
- Christian Fabian Recording Artist
sopranino is a truly happening little horn! Plays in tune, nice clear sound, a
- Chris Potter Recording Artist
''The RS Berkeley Virtuoso alto is the best horn I've played. The
projection is GREAT and the placement of the keys is so natural that I can fly
through the most difficult passages. With most of the music I play, I need edge
AND projection. The Virtuoso gives me both. The horn is a MASTERPIECE!!''
- Darryl Dixon Alicia Keys
"I have had the pleasure of
performing with my Virtuoso alto for three years. I have used it in a
wide variety of settings, from lead alto in big bands to classical soloist in
concerto performances. It has proven to be a spectacular instrument.
The sound is incredibly flexible, the pitch is terrific, and the
mechanics are superb. In terms of durability, the instrument has been
played heavily for three years and it looks and feels brand new. The keys
have remained solid and very quiet. I can't believe that I am saying
this, but the Virtuoso is superior to my precious vintage horn. The sound is
warmer and the keywork is more comfortable in my hands. My valuable vintage
horn is now my backup instrument, as I prefer my Virtuoso in every way, for
every musical setting. Congratulations to RS Berkeley for creating a
truly special instrument."
- David Pope Professor of
Saxophone, James Madison University
"I perform on the Volaré 901 professional
model and am extremely pleased with the tonal quality and intonation. It
performs exquisitely in the full range of the flute. As I perform with a full
rock band behind me, it can often be a challenge to be heard even with the best
mics. The first time I played with the Volaré, the response from the band was
‘you are finally cutting through’. It brings a new capability that I didn’t
have with my previous instruments. RS Berkeley has provided me excellent artist
support and a great choice of flutes to endorse."
- Deborah Yates Recording Artist
Berkeley flutes sound, look, and feel great. The Volaré model I play (solid
silver head and body) has a clear and strong tone, and it responds beautifully,
even in the low register. (The model with the silver plated body responds just
as well, but has darker overall sound, which some people might prefer.) As a
doubler, I find it complements my other instruments very well, so I love
''I am very impressed with my RS Berkeley Virtuoso gold-plated saxophone.
It has a beautiful sound, with plenty of fullness and projection, and the
mechanics feel solid. The plating job looks and feels refined, and the gold
adds a warm quality that I really like. The most important thing, however, is
that I am truly able to get my own sound on this instrument, and the more I
play it, the better it gets!''
- Don Braden Recording Artist
Berkeley TP608 is the best trumpet I have ever played and I have played many
top name horns throughout my career. These horns offer affordability and
provide superior quality and performance.''
- Ed Hull Recording
Berkeley alto flute purrs in the low register and soars in the high register,
maintaining steady intonation throughout. The ergonomic design in the left hand
makes it easy to play for long periods of time and the sound is so great... it
even cuts in a big band!''
''Every saxophone in the Virtuoso series is thoughtfully constructed with
the highest level of craftsmanship. While each individual instrument maintains
its own unique characteristics, they all have a consistently beautiful sound.''
- Erica von Kleist Recording Artist
"The Bari sax model BS509 sounds beautiful! Warm tone, great definition, but not too biting. The
dance between electric bass and bari depends on a sound that blends well with
the bass, but beams through the other saxes and I'm very satisfied with the
sound coming from the horn every night."
- Esperanza Spalding Recording Artist
''When I was introduced to Virtuoso saxophones, I was so impressed with
it from the first moment that it took a little while to sink in . . . both the
alto and the tenor are rich with outstanding qualities that far surpass the
most renowned and traditional brands, vintage or modern. The first thing you notice is the unheard-of playability! The sound projection
and consistency of tone throughout the whole range of the horns are truly
unbelievable! The precision and balance of the mechanics are second to none.
The craftsmanship is pristine, and the intonation is nothing but perfect! To
complete the package that makes it for a dream instrument, the looks are also
top-notch . . . The Virtuoso is beautifully crafted! The ''altissimo'' range (and beyond - which I love to venture into) is so well
defined, and the notes come out unequivocally ''on the money'' both in tone and
intonation.As I played the Virtuoso more and more, I felt also that rare
physical connection with the instrument, in the way that it vibrates in
conjunction with your body structure . . . you feel it in your mouth, air
column and chest. It is an interaction that consolidates the unity
player-instrument. I honestly do not see myself playing any other instrument in
- Franco Sattamini Recording Artist
''Virtuoso saxophones play smooth and even, and the sound is one that
stands up to all of the best. I really enjoy my RS Berkeley saxophone!''
- George Garzone Berklee College Of Music
"I am VERY impressed with my RS Berkeley soprano saxophone SS522! The first thing that caught my attention was the
mechanism on the Bb/B spatula keys, which I definitely love it! The playability and the intonation all the way through the horn
is incredible. The key movement is so effortless and I am very much looking forward to playing this on gigs to come!"
- Glen Gray Recording Artist
"The Volaré Flute, VOL905 plays great! Great intonation, low
register projects, key work is clean and tight... Really great!!"
- Greg Banaskak Recording
''I play the
RS Berkeley Trumpet TP608, which is equivalent to a medium bore size trumpet. I
find that it plays very easily and the valves are slotted to perfection. It is
hands down one of the best instruments I have ever played.'' - James Zollar
''The Virtuoso saxophone is a wonder! Its low end is effortless; the
altissimo register is seemless. Even the ergonomics are a cut above the rest,
requiring no need for my usual palm key risers. The Virtuoso handles really
well, producing a remarkably warm tone and impeccably even intonation. This is
a serious professional grade saxophone!''
- Javier Arau Recording Artist
"I must say I'm very impressed with the RS Berkeley
Virtuoso Tenor. Intonation is great from top to bottom and it's got that big,
full sound that I look for!"
- Jerry Weldon Recording Artist
Berkeley Sopranino is made beautifully and speaks like no other horn I've ever
played... I'm inspired and excited about adding this new Voice to my personal
- Joe Lovano Recording Artist
"I’ve been thrilled with my RS Berkeley Virtuoso alto saxophone. It began
with the attractive appearance of the matte finish and detailed bell engraving.
When I played it for the first time, it felt sturdy in my hands and great under
my fingers. This saxophone is a fantastic classical horn, and it’s a powerful
jazz instrument as well. The tone is full and even across the registers, the
low register speaks with ease, and the Virtuoso
effortlessly expresses the music that I hear in my mind."
- Joren Cain Valdosta State University
have been playing the Volaré Flute VOL905 and I am impressed with it.
The intonation is consistent, it has a nice evenness of sound throughout
the registers and the mechanism has a great overall feel to it."
- Katherine DeJongh Recording Artist
''My Virtuoso Gold Lacquer alto is exactly what I had been searching for.
It has a powerful wide open sound that doesn't sacrifice a bit of character and
flexibility. When I play I feel completely unhindered in any register, at any
volume. I have played all manner of vintage horns, and all kinds of new modern
horns and I believe that these instruments represent a true
- Kris Allen Recording Artist
"I find that the Virtuoso is such a great and easy saxophone to
play. It is helping me to improve and further my career as the saxophone player
I always wanted to be."
- Leo Genovese Recording
''The Virtuoso saxophone is what Brazilian Sax players have been waiting
for all their lives!''
- Marcio Resende Recording Artist
''The Artist Series of RS Berkeley baritone saxophones really offers a
wide range of sound possibilities for a wide array of players. The model I like
the best for my needs is the BS 509. It allows me to have the confidence to be
able to bring it to any kind of studio session, or live performance, from jazz
to R&B to rock, and be able to project the right sounds with ease of air
and fingers. The key action of a saxophone is always important to me, and when
I felt this horn, it fit right into my hands, with all the palm keys, side keys,
and pinky key at the perfect distance. I am very happy to be a part of the RS
Berkeley family and very definitely urge you to try out their line of baritone
- Matt Garrison Recording Artist
''As a multi-instrumentalist, I'm often called upon to play a variety of
different styles in venues ranging from clubs and recording studios to outdoor
festivals. Fortunately, my RS Berkeley instruments provide me with peace of
mind in knowing that I have the right tool for the job. My Virtuoso Tenor
blends just as well with a driving five-piece horn section as it does with a
straight-ahead acoustic jazz quintet. My Berkeley Flugelhorn impresses with warmth and
clarity of response. Whatever the musical situation, let an RS
Berkeley instrument take you to the next level!''
"I play the RSB 905
Artist Euphonium because it's responsive, resonant, the valves are smooth and
the pitch centers well throughout the entire range. These are my top
priorities in an instrument: sound, pitch and keywork. The RSB 905 nails
each of them."
- Michael Dease Recording Artist
have always played vintage
saxophones and the Virtuoso saxophone can be defined as modern day
vintage. The intonation is nothing short of impressive and the horn is
mechanically sound. I love my Virtuoso tenor saxophone!!!"
- Moises Alves Recording Artist''The RS
Berkeley Trumpet Model TP610S plays beautifully with an open sounds that allows
me to play with dark sound but also with a bright sound. This versatility
allows me to play in many styles with ease from ballads to fiery uptempo tunes.
I feel that can grow with this horn and it will help further my sound to great
- Nick Roseboro Recording Artist
"Wow, this Berkeley
sopranino feels like a "real" saxophone. I love it!"
- Paquito D'Rivera Recording Artist
Berkeley Sopranino Sax is an extraordinary masterpiece! I picked it up upon
arrival, played for five seconds & JUST GOT BLOWN AWAY!!! I have played it
live already around the world & everybody is amazed at it... the quality of
the craftsmanship, the blatant care to detail is overwhelming... like I said,
a-more than-extraordinary piece of work... Bravo RS Berkeley, TRULY AN AMAZING MIGHTY
Pedro Eustache Yanni
''Virtuoso saxophones have a beautiful focus with a complex sound! Finally, a new
horn with soul!''
- Peter Whitman McNally Smith College
looking at a violin, I like an instrument with a very dark and warm sound,
almost like a viola. That's one of the characteristics you'll find in the
Regina Carter Violin Collection and one that I really like. These violins
project really well, so in a band setting, I'll use a microphone that's
overhead, giving the sound a chance to travel from the instrument to the
microphone. With these instruments, I can play as soft as I want or as loud as
I want. I don't have to worry about digging in or worry about the band
playing too loud. If I'm playing with an orchestra, I know these violins will
carry and project into the audience with ease."
- Regina Carter Recording
''I had heard about the Berkeley saxophone from one of my students who
recently purchased one. I was totally impressed as to how natural, comfortable
and at home the instruments felt in my hand as well as the brilliance,
resonance and warmth of their sound. Actually I felt as though it my saxophone
that I've been playing for years."
- Renè McLean Hartt School of Music
The Virtuoso is by far, the best horn I've ever played!
- Rick Brunermer Recording Artist
play the RS Berkeley TP608 trumpet exclusively and love it. It is easy to play and still has the
rich sound qualities I love. Intonation is excellent and it has added a
couple of notes to my range!"
- Rick Savage Recording Artist
''My RS Berkeley Virtuoso saxophone produces a rich, singing tone that
has clarity, power and depth. It's full bodied sound has an authority that cuts
in a saxophone section while having the ability to express the most intimate
ballad with ease. Crafted with vintage horns in mind, the Virtuoso combines
great qualities of past horns with the comfort and dependability of modern
horns. Power, beauty and excellent craftsmanship- what more could you want in a
- Sharel Cassity Recording Artist
''The Virtuoso was a pleasant surprise for me. The sound is big and full,
the scale is great, and the craftsmanship is excellent. One important quality
of this instrument is that it blends well in a saxophone section. For a working
musician, all of these qualities are a necessity. This is a horn that will work
in any situation, and at a price point that is realistically within a
musician's budget. Like I said, a pleasant surprise!''
The Freedom Adjustable Clarinet Barrel
is the best adjustable barrel I have ever played. It gives me the opportunity
to play in tune in any situation. The tone is beautiful and its
durable construction seems like it will last a lifetime.”
- Sherman Irby Jazz At Lincoln Center
''The Virtuoso is a fantastic instrument. I have been waiting 35 years to
be able to say that about a new saxophone. I take it on tour and use it to
record in the studio. The overtone series is perfect and the sound is
- Tim Ries The Rolling Stones
are great. The workmanship standard is very high and they play consistently
throughout the registers. I recommend them to students and professionals
- Tim Sessions Recording Artist
''The RS Berkeley Virtuoso Alto Saxophone has an amazingly consistent
intonation from the low to the altissimo registers, and has the feel and tone
quality of a vintage horn, making it an incredibly fun instrument to play. I
recommend the Virtuoso saxophone series to any professional or student who
seeks a versatile, top-of-the-line instrument.''
- Travis Sullivan Recording Artist
''There are many characteristics I look for when it comes to selecting a
Saxophone, but there is one that characteristic that immediately comes to mind,
sound! And for me, the Virtuoso by RS Berkeley has it! I have fallen in love
with the colors, depth, and fluidity through the entire range of the
instrument. The Virtuoso is an instrument
of the highest quality and I strongly recommend it to any serious musician!''
- Yunie Mojica Recording Artist