A Look at the P. Mauriat System 76 Tenor Saxophone
There are so many saxophones on the market today, it is often difficult to figure out which saxophone will suit us best. Since every player is different, it is hard for me to recommend one horn that fits everyone’s needs. While at the 2012 NAMM show, I had the opportunity to stop by the P. Mauriat booth on several occasions and found a horn that I think would surprise many players.
The New Kid on the Block
The P. Mauriat System 76 2nd Edition tenor saxophone is a great new addition to the P. Mauriat line of tenor saxophones. It offers many of the features serious players are looking for in a tenor saxophone. I had the opportunity to try this horn out at NAMM and I wanted to see why this horn had gained so much popularity. To give a background on what I am used to playing, my setup right now is a Otto Link “slant” hard rubber mouthpiece from the 60’s, a Rigotti 3 soft reed, and a Selmer Mark VI tenor. I have been playing on this setup for the past couple of years.
While at NAMM, I was able to play the wide range of horns P. Mauriat offered, including the PMXT 66R, (lacquered and un-lacquered) and the PMST 86 which had a “aged burgundy tinge” and P. Mauriat’s new satin silver finish. The silver finish on the PMST 86 gives an edgier and unique sound due to its silver plating, while at the same time, the satin finish balances out the sound with additional warmth and mellowness.
Getting Around the Horn
At any rate, while I was trying these different model P. Mauriat’s, it was recommended to me by P. Mauriat artist, Adam Larson to check out the System 76 2nd Edition un-lacquered tenor because the action and the sound were very similar to that of a Mark VI. Once I picked this horn up and started playing from low Bb to altissimo A, I could tell that the action was almost exactly like my Mark VI tenor, but with improvements in the placement of the palm keys as well as the lower stack, which made it feel more comfortable to get around the horn.
Sound and Intonation
Due to the unlacquered finish, I felt the horn could really project and resonate, which allowed me to get a nice, focused sound. The extensive hand engraving as well as the black Mother of Pearl made the horn stand out and seem one of a kind. What I noticed from playing each P. Mauriat saxophone is that they were all set up properly and were very free-blowing. In addition, the Intonation on the P. Mauriat 76 was great, I went through my overtones and was surprised by how easy it was to keep in tune through-out all registers.
I wish I could have brought my Mark VI tenor to compare it to the P. Mauriat system 76, but just from playing the 76 every day at the NAMM show, I could tell that this was definitely a horn that any saxophonist would enjoy, no matter what style of music they were playing. Overall, I would describe the P. Mauriat System 76 2nd edition un-lacquered tenor saxophone as a saxophone everyone should try. In fact, it’s a horn I hope to pick up very soon myself.
For more information on the entire lineup of P. Mauriat saxophones check out http://pmauriatmusic.com.
If anyone has any questions where they can get their hands on one of these great horns, please email me and I will do my best to locate a P. Mauriat dealer in your area.
Here are two videos two of P. Mauriat’s renown endorsers playing the System 76 2nd Edition tenor:
EDITOR’S NOTE: Zach is not in any way officially affiliated with P. Mauriat.
Photo comes courtesy of Stohrer Music.
March 13, 2012 @ 4:16 pm
hello .. i bought one is just awesome !! ive play it everywhere i go .. everybody tells the sound is amazing and i just done a recording with it .. was wow .. ive never get a sound like that before !!.. i can say is like im driving a sport car while im playing that sax…
March 13, 2012 @ 8:11 pm
I am glad you picked one up. This model is a really great horn because its really similar to my Mark VI BUT has all the benefits of modern keywork. I am considering picking one up once I sell one of my other saxophones. Were their other saxophones that you compared the P Mauriat 76 unlacquered too?
March 15, 2012 @ 2:35 am
ive compared it to a selmer series 3 and some other sax .. the selmer series 3 what a waste … even my old welklang tenor plays better than the selmer .. not caracter the series 3 is like a pro ego but the sound like a student sax .. i found the p.mauriat 76 versatile if u want to sound modern jazz and old school jazz is easy get it … one of most thing i like with it .. what a volume u can get with that sax .. one time ive play with two trombone and one alto sax two trumpet one tuba and guest what .. i can play louder than these instrument .. i was amaze by that …
March 15, 2012 @ 2:41 am
this is an recording when i first got it.. i record it the next day .. i wasnt use to it first, i found it a bit resistance for me .. when i first got .. then i change my lig .. i was using a d.g with the original lig .. then i order a selmer lig to put on the d.g was amazing .. really free blowing .
June 23, 2012 @ 10:46 am
I just picked up the System 76 2nd Edition Soprano thanks to your help! It plays so great, the action is very responsive and gives me a warm bright tone. Would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for an awesome soprano for a great price!
February 14, 2021 @ 9:03 pm
What do you think about the quality and durability of the 76 2nd ed? I have Yamaha 62 which is over 20 yrs old and still going strong but I never was totally pleased with the tone and key work. I was thinking a Yani as an upgrade but again, you are still dealing a very well built horn but the tone is lacking character in my opinion.
February 15, 2021 @ 2:23 pm
I personally haven’t owned the 76 2nd edition tenor or alto but have played this model quite a few times at various NAMM shows. I liked the 76 2nd edition tenor without the high f# key and the overall build felt pretty solid. I believe whether its a Yanagisawa or a saxophone manufactured in Taiwan, you should still take it to your repair tech before purchase if possible or hopefully when you are purchasing the 76 2nd edition tenor, the shop has a great repair staff because additional adjustments may be needed to get that saxophone in optimal shape even after the horn comes right out of the factory. The Yamaha 62 is a great saxophone and always will be in terms of price and quality. My recommendation if you like the Yamaha 62 but feel its lacking a certain character would be to check out the Boston Sax Shop Heritage Neck or one of the KB saxophone necks. Although necks are not a inexpensive accessory they can make a difference in terms of how your saxophone responds from a resistance standpoint and overall under $1,250 is not a bad option especially if you overall like how your Yamaha 62 plays.
Let me know if you have further questions.