Grassi Alto Sax

by Fred
(Claremore,OK)

What is your opinion on the Ida Marie alto sax made by Grassi?

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Mar 26, 2009
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Grassi Alto
by: Karl

I am still researching my sax, which is a Grassi, Italian made Majestic Alto, serial # 13780. I confirmed this info through Rampone and Cazzani, also an Italian Sax manufacturing company. The Grassi factory closed. All I can say is that my sax has a very sweet tone with beautiful action.

May 17, 2009
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Made in Italy Alto Sax #16547
by: Christopher Martin

Can anyone help me with info on this Sax? chris@crownpro.com

Jun 17, 2009
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Grassi Alto
by: Anonymous

I have played my Grassi since I was 10, that makes it 40 years. I has a wonderful tone, and has held up extremely well.

Jul 16, 2009
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My experience with Grassi saxes
by: Azuka

I think Grassi saxes represent some of the best values around as far as performance/sound per $.

Big fat rich lusty sound, amazingly similar to the extremely pricey vintage Selmer Paris horns.

Grassi also stenciled some horns, most notably the Majestic, Buffet Evette's for a time, and the Martin Busine. The Evette and Martin Busine are identical to the Grassi horns made at that time.

What I don't like is that the keywork was always nickel-plated and didn't hold up to wear and tear well. The keywork also looked really cheaply made, which was probably the case. The other thing I didn't like was that the design of the chromatic F# key is too far away from the main stack keys for my taste. I have to curl in my RH ringfinger uncomfortably to use the F# key.

But these issues are really minor compared to what you get for a fraction of the cost of one of the highly regarded pro horns.

These horns were sold cheaply by mail order in the 1960's - 70's. How cheaply, I don't know. But I do know that my dad bought one of the last Mark 6's made in 1975 for my brother via mail order and only paid $700. I imagine the Grassi's were MUCH less.







Aug 16, 2011
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Grassi 17.433 C/70 Italy
by: Anonymous

I bought my Grassi saxophone in 1977 for around 700,00 Dutch guilders and I am still very pleased with it. I like the sound and it 'runs' smoothly.

Jul 03, 2012
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majestic grassi alto sax #11xxx
by: Anonymous

i have a grassi alto sax s# 11xxx a little rough but nice looking to sell it any body interested

Jul 06, 2012
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Grassi Alto serial #28754
by: Darnell Wyrick

I just purchased a used Grassi alto serial #28754 and am curious as to the year it was manufactured and if this is a student or a pro model.
Any feedback. Is greatly appreciated.

Jul 10, 2012
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Serial number and dates list
by: Fred Sampley

Following is the only known source of serial numbers: this list will allow you to find out when your sax was produced.

The Grassi saxophone production starts in the 1960s with serial number 1000.

From 1000 to 27395 serials produced between 1960 and 1974

From 27395 to 30266 1974 / 1975
From 30267 to 34880 1976
From 34881 to 37478 1977
From 37479 to 39871 1978
From 39872 to 41835 1979
From 41836 to 43836 1980
From 43837 to 45619 1981
From 45620 to 47344 1982

Production and serial numbers become more approximate

From 47345 to 53420 1983 / 84/ 85/ 86
From 53421 to 60885 1987 /88 /89 /90
From 60886 to 65645 1990 /91 /92 /93 /94


At first I tried to keep some chronological order on the models, however I soon realised that production was very erratic: for example the “no name” models (which I will call “Standard” from now on. NB.: this is just a personal definition for the purposes of this document and one which cannot be found engraved on any Grassi sax!) start from the beginning of the saxophone production in the 60s, but they were also produced in parallel with other models until the end of the 70s.

Aug 05, 2012
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Grassi Alto
by: Darnell Wyrick

Fred, thank you so much for your post and for responding. I now know a lot more about my alto. The horn plays well and sounds great.

Jan 24, 2013
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Mystery sop...Grassi?
by: Anonymous

Advertised as Mogar Ditta Giglio...Grassi, Orsi?
Serial number 24586.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/111003981290?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

Jul 24, 2013
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Grassi Professional 2000
by: Anonymous

I've recently bought a Grassi Professional 2000 soprano. It is absolutely marvellous, a joy to play. I can't believe how underated these saxophones are.

Jun 04, 2014
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Ida Maria Grassi Saxophone Identification??
by: vgiamp

I have a Ida Maria Grassi Tenor Saxophone Serial #6183 made in italy. I'm trying to figure out what model it is and how much it is worth. Please help!!

Jul 17, 2014
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Help my repairmen lost my grassi tenor neck!!!!!
by: Anonymous

Anyone out there have a grassi tenor neck or tenor sax for sale?

May 10, 2015
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Grassi alto sax circa 1979
by: Julian Burgess

I love my grassi alto. I have only ever had minor problems with my great sax, easily fixed. For its age it is still in good condition. Would I swap it for another more upmarket model, no I wouldnt.

I have played it semi pro, as a guest, in jam sessions and more recently , for fun again, and I have had it for about 30 years now and it still has a great tone and is a pleasure to play

Jul 18, 2015
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Idea Grassi prestige model
by: Anonymous

I have a beautiful Idea Grassi prestige model for sale. Very good condition.please contact me at 575 499 9855,if you are interested. Asking 600 firm.

Sep 24, 2015
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Looking for Prestige to buy
by: Anonymous

I know this is a late response to the thread, but anonymous was advertising a Prestige in July and am wondering if it is still available. (was asking 600). susangrant977@btinternet.com

Jun 18, 2016
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Ada Maria grassi
by: Johnny

I have restored my Ida Maria alto my dad bought for me when I was 10. The horn is at least 50 years old plays as good as any other horn I have costing as much as 10 times more. Just can't get over the sound.

Aug 31, 2016
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Info please
by: Anonymous

I recently inherited an Grassi saxophone, serial number 26285 and I'd like to have it appraised for insurance purposes. Is there anywhere specific I can find information on it before I have it appraised?

Sep 01, 2016
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Grassi Sax Information
by: Anonymous

I'm curious regarding the purpose of acquiring an appraisal for this horn.

Regardless, you can get some information, such as age, by consulting the Sax On the Web website and searching around. They have a spot located at http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?90275-Some-Grassi-serial-numbers in which a serial number list is presenting. It puts your horn around 1973, give or take. At that time, Grassi saxes did not offer professional level horns, that didn't happen until close to the year 2000 when they really started to focus on improving quality and value. Sadly, Ida died shortly after that point in time and nobody in the family wanted to invest the time, energy and/or money to keep the factory running, and so the company no longer exists today.

Examples from the 1970's and before are not highly valued, although there are certainly some enthusiastic fans. They may have used 2nd rate materials, but they achieved a 1st rate sound.

Best of luck in your search!

Sep 02, 2016
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Grassi is Top Notch
by: Anonymous

I am a self trained sax tech residing in Nigeria. I have a Professional 2000 alto sax that I bought in 2007. 9 years down the lane it is still the best alto sax I have come across. Craftmanship is excellent. Ergonomics is perfect. The sound is full, lush, fat, robust., and consistent through all register. no muddiness whatsoever. probably made in mid 90s. complete gold lacquer body and keys with high f sharp . presently have an antigua wind alto serviced. its no match for the grassi.

Sep 02, 2016
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Sleeper Saxes
by: Azuka

The Grassi Professional and the 2000 models were both top notch horns. Too bad Grassi waited so long to take their saxes to the next level!

These horns felt great and played great. Grassi always had a big fat lush sound, even when their keywork and alloys were clearly cheap and junky!

Back in the 1960's you could buy these horns via mail order for next to nothing. Lots of them needed to be gone over by a decent sax tech, but after that they really wailed. Big sound, crazy how much like a Mark VI it sounded, but with almost no price tag!


Sep 13, 2016
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New Grassi are out there.
by: Anonymous

well said Mr Azuka. but then i dowloaded some clips of Eli Degibri using an older model grassi ' they tend to all have that grassi thing. If you check some sax forum'some people even said they prefer it to Selmer mark vi. Today we have a completely new grassi out in the market. Proel bought the logo right' all their wind and brass instruments are now stamped Ida Maria Grassi. The new grassi horns are so much a look alike of system 54 saxophone .

Oct 12, 2016
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Great sound, standard alto 36,XXX
by: labadim

I play tenor sax, and got a Grassi alto a few months ago, just for gigs. I love its fat sound, and enjoy it immensely. Certainly better than any current Chinese alto. I think it can be compared with Selmer, and gives a good fight too. Great value for money!

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