Virtuoso Tenor Saxophone VIRT2003S
"I am truly enjoying playing the silver Virtuoso Tenor! I have performed only on my Mark VI tenor ever since my mom bought it for me when I was 15 years old. I love that horn, and it is my oldest and most treasured possession. Not having a Mark VI alto has given me reason to try various horns through the years, but none have “made the cut” from my perspective.
Typical problems on these horns have been the layout of the pinky keys, palm keys or the biggest issue for me, as someone who records a lot – intonation. Since I have played a Mark VI virtually my entire life, if a horn’s ergonomics are not like a VI, I know it immediately.
The Virtuoso Tenor just feels so – comfortable – it’s like a brand-new version of my horn, except for two things. The intonation of the Virtuoso Tenor is better than my Mark VI – I brought my tuner when I tried the horn, and it was rock-solid through all the octaves. That is awesome! I can’t say the same for my 169,000 Mark VI. The altissimo G “pops” better than my VI.
I will never part with my beloved Mark VI tenor - the sentimental value is too great - but I do have a new primary horn – my silver Virtuoso Tenor!
Thanks RS Berkeley, for not being content with making merely a good horn, but persevering to make a great one. Congratulations - you did it!"
Jim Clark is a strong presence in the Norwalk, Connecticut music community, playing tenor and soprano saxophone, flute and trumpet with his own trio and quartet as well as with top groups like Celebration Horns O’Plenty, the Chris Coogan Quintet, Norwalk Jazz Connection, and Bookends. He is also a composer, arranger, musical director and performer with a presence on hundreds of recordings with his RealSax tracks, a service that provides custom horn section recordings.
Jim's production company, Media Music, provides original music for industrial and film soundtracks as well as Internet and multimedia projects.
As a live performer, Jim is noted for his "Saxology" concerts where he recreates, note-for-note solos of legendary saxophonists including Sidney Bechet, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Don Byas, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Paul Desmond, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Cannonball Adderley and Sonny Rollins. He has also made live appearances with Lou Christie, Mickey Dolenz, Dizzy Gillespie, Jennifer Holiday, Bobby Rydell and Billy Taylor.