Eastman 52nd Street DS Model Tenor Sax
Ultimate 52nd Street Sound
Eastman 52nd Street DS Model Tenor Sax
The Eastman 52nd Street tenor has been one of the most impressive newer products introduced to the sax market in decades. The Eastman 52nd Street Tenor is quickly gaining a reputation among players around the US for their incredible tonal performance – one that offers a massive, vintage style tone – and balancing it with great build quality & affordability! Now to build on that established platform, Eastman is taking the 52nd Street to a new level with the Eastman 52nd Street DS Model Tenor Sax (model ETS-852). The combination of the DS mechanism and performance enhancements makes the Eastman 52nd Street DS Model on of the most advanced and impressive tenors you can find!
The Eastman 52nd Street DS Model Tenor brings in the DS enhancements to the standard 52nd Street design. Primarily, the DS updates are mechanical and ergonomic in nature, but there are also some acoustic and cosmetic enhancements that come along with the DS mechanism. These additions make a marked impact on the performance of the instrument and the feel to the player.
DS – Mechanism
The DS Mechanism is inspired around the concepts used in the high end professional flute industry. Saxophones have always relied on either adjusting screws or compressed materials such as felt and cork to regulate the mechanical articulation of the keywork. The DS model uses a series of thicker paddles with very thin silencing materials between them to articulate the mechanism. This allows for adjustments to stay stable and firm for players. So why don’t more saxes use this? The DS mechanism also relies on a higher end caliber of tone hole manufacture and padding technique. These require much more time and effort. Thankfully, as part of the 2nd Generation improvements done to the 52nd Street horns back in 2020, these improvements were already in place so that the DS mechanism could be added to these horns without issue.
DS – Acoustic
The Eastman 52nd Street DS Model Tenor also sees 2 acoustic improvements to the horn. These are in the necks and the resonators.
- On the original 52nd Street horn, the S neck was standard and is a solid neck with a big, boisterous sound. On the 52nd Street DS Model, the tenor includes the original S neck but also a new M model neck designed in collaboration with Bob Mintzer (M stands for Mintzer). This new broad neck opens the ETS852 and leaves you feeling that the instrument isn’t even there – it’s just you, and your expression of music.
- The DS Model also sees a switch from nylon resonators to an oversized, solid brass domed resonator. These add some additional weight to the horn but also a larger surface area for the resonator to interact with the vibrating air column. This gives more power, projection, response and resonance to this already outstanding sax! These are paired with the industry’s highest pad, the Pisoni Pro. This pad is also used on the 52nd Street 652 model, so the changeover is only on the resonators.
DS – Cosmetic & Ergonomic
The DS Model sees a few additional ergonomic changes as well as some cosmetic flourishes. Throughout the horn, these little changes make a big difference in the players interaction with the saxophone. The new sculpting to the octave key & rest, the palm keys, and left hand pinky cluster all look a little odd at first to players, but then they feel the horn and are shocked at just how smooth and natural these changes feel in their hands. Then they notice the changeover to metal finger touches inspired from flute keys rather than pearls. These give a little more “feel” of the vibration of the sax in the player’s hands, helping them to feel more in tune with their saxophone’s response. Finally, little flourishes like the braided look to the bell brace and more elegant clothes guard on the back of the right hand stack are in line with the elegant changes to the DS Model series.
Eastman 52nd Street Tenor Specifications
- 2 Necks – S and M models
- High F# key
- Hand-engraved neck and bell
- Adjustable metal thumb hook
- Pisoni Pro leather pads with Metal Resos
- Blue steel springs
- Aged un-lacquered brass
- Hand-hammered bell
- Large bell
- 52nd Street scene engraving
- Rolled-style tone holes (soldered rim)
Soldered Tone Hole Rims – Not Rolled
The Eastman 52nd Street DS Tenors use Soldered Rim Tone Holes (they refer to it as “Rolled-style”). The soldered rim tone hole concept is a modern improvement over the vintage “rolled” tone hole concept made popular by vintage American saxophones. The benefit is that they will increase the mass of the horn providing a generally overall richer tone. The soldered rim concept also offers better repair potential in the future (if needed) over rolled tone holes. With a true rolled tone hole, if the tone hole is ever damaged, they are significantly harder to repair and in some cases, can never be repaired back to 100% original design or levelness. With the soldered rim concept, they can be properly repaired easier if ever needed and should they need to be leveled in the repair, they can as they are a solid piece of brass rather than a folded over rim. The soldered rim concept costs more to produce than the rolled tone hole, but in the end, we find that they perform better and offer better reliability in the future for the player.
Every horn we send out to a customer is not released from us unless it has been completely setup in our shop first. This is because the setup on the horn is of the utmost importance! Sometimes, a saxophone (regardless of who the manufacturer) comes in needing 20 minutes of adjustments and then the very next one can require 2 hours! So if you were to get 5 of the same model right out of the box, they will all play different. This leads players to believe that they are “good” or “bad” saxes. The reality is that the one that was the best out of the 5 was likely the one that needed the least amount of work and the “bad” sax was the one that needed 2 hours worth of adjustments!
Once the same 5 saxophones are properly regulated and adjusted to perfection, they become near identical saxophones. Even the pickiest of players would be challenged to pick a true “favorite” horn. However, since most stores do not or even can not perform this setup, the player never knows this and is simply relying on the luck of the draw. This is why we perform our setup (in our www.SaxophoneRepairs.com ProShop) on them before delivering your new sax to you. You trust us with your purchase and we want to make sure that you are rewarded by giving you your ideal saxophone setup flawlessly!
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