P. Mauriat PMXA-67R Alto Saxophone Review: Is it as Good as they Say?

P. Mauriat is a relatively new brand of saxophone, and it is made in Taiwan. For most saxophone aficionados, that means two strikes. Don’t let that sway you, however.

The PMXA-67R is a high-quality, professional-level instrument that definitely needs to be considered when you are looking for your next horn.

It has some unique features that contribute to making a saxophone that delivers superior performance and sound.

And the best part might be that you get this amazing level of sophistication wrapped up in a much more economical package overall.

The P. Mauriat PMXA-67R makes BIG's list of the best alto saxophones and gets a BIG 5 stars.

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Highlighted Features


  • Uniquely rolled tone holes provide a superior sound
  • Large bell for superior resonance and tone
  • A beautiful dark lacquer finish for a unique and attractive vintage look
  • Engraved bell and bow add to the overall beauty of this instrument
  • Keys made of genuine abalone
  • Specifications
  • Range: F#
  • Keys: Genuine abalone
  • Finish: Dark lacquer
  • Bell: Wide
  • Neck: Super VI
  • Class: Professional

P. Mauriat PMXA-67R Overview

The P. Mauriat brand is named after the famed French orchestra leader Paul Mauriat, who had a minor hit in the 60s with a version of “Love is Blue.” The fact that Mauriat never played the saxophone doesn’t seem to be relevant, since it’s all about branding and name recognition these days. Furthermore, the various cities that are stamped on the bell, such as Paris, New York, or London, are a little misleading since this instrument is only made in Taiwan. This, however, does not affect the quality of the instrument, as these are very well-made -- but it’s important to know this from the beginning if you are looking to actually purchase one.

Proven Design + Stunning Quality

Getting that out of the way, though, and looking at the instrument itself, what you have here is a professional-level saxophone of rather stunning quality. Based on the body styling of the famed Selmer Mark VI horn (like pretty much every saxophone on the market) this instrument still manages to surprise with a couple of innovative features all its own.

Uniquely Rolled Tone Holes = Superior Resonance

The most promising and interesting of these features are the rolled tone holes. Instead of the usual method for creating tone holes, which consists of stamping out holes in the body, and then soldering on the rings, the tone holes on the PMXA-67R are actually rolled into the body while on the production line.

This means there is no soldering involved. This means a higher resonance factor, as there’s less interference for the sound as it travels through the body to the bell. This also means fewer pieces, which translates into less maintenance, since there are less things that can break or fall apart. Basically, the rolled tone holes are one of the highlights of this instrument, and worth checking out on their own. But it doesn’t stop there.

Rich, Deep, Beautiful Sound

In addition to the holes, the rest of the instrument is also solidly constructed. A wide, hand-engraved bell helps to create a rich, deep, beautiful sound. The neck is modeled after the famed Mark VI, which means ease of blowing and air flow.

Rave Reviews

From a playing standpoint, this horn has received rave reviews. The response from the very low notes to the highest tones is second to none, and jumping up and down octaves is not only easy, but still produces solid sounds throughout all ranged of the instrument. The tone of the instrument is very versatile, and can fit in both classical and jazz settings in equal measure. In addition, the horn stays in tune whether you are blowing softly or loudly, letting you focus on sounding your best, rather than worrying about the technical side of things. All in all, the PMXA-67R is a solidly built, professional-level instrument that belies its more infamous place of origin.

Pros

  • Rolled tone holes result higher quality sound
  • Wide bell for sound, tone, and performance
  • Tight action for fast playing
  • Beautiful finish and design overall
  • Half the price of leading pro alto saxs

Cons

  • Made in Taiwan

P. Mauriat PMXA-67R Video Review

The P. Mauriat PMXA 67R Dark Lacquer Professional Alto Saxophone features a Super Six neck with larger taper, abalone inlaid key work and uniquely rolled tone holes.

Summary

Overall, the P. Mauriat PMXA-67R is a well-built addition to the modern-day lineup of professional saxophones. While some might dismiss it outright due to its country of manufacture, the discerning musician will take the time to look beyond that to discover the true gem hidden beneath. This horn, solidly and beautifully constructed, delivers a high-quality, professional-sounding tone, while at the same time looking nothing short of amazing. The dark lacquer finish provides a unique, “vintage” look and feel, and the hand-engraved bell not only sounds great, but looks great doing it. Professional musicians who are looking for the next big thing definitely need to give this horn a chance.

The P. Mauriat PMXA-67 R gets a BIG 5 stars and is highly recommended.

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