Q.What makes the Forestone Saxophone different to other saxophones on the market?
A. There are a lot of details where the Forestone Saxophones differs from the rest of the market but there are 3 big differences which make our horn unique.
1. We are proud of that our master technician Atsushi Watanabe builds every horn by himself. Forestone is the first brand where it’s not a random factory person who set ups the horn. Atsushi stands with his name for every single horn (engraved on the body) thus customers can be sure that every single horn is set at up at the highest level.
2. Forestone Saxophones are built with a hybrid construction. The way the mechanics are soldered on the body allows the saxophone to vibrate more freely and have much more beautiful colours in its sound.
3. The third big difference is the DCTV process which gives the horn more resonance and makes it more free blowing. (Cyrogenic treatment combined with a sonic wave aging process)
Q.Where are Forestone Saxophones made?
A. Our Saxophones are made in Japan. But it is no secret that parts of the mechanic and the body come from Taiwan. We searched for the best suppliers and found them in order to achieve the highest possible quality. Our pads are made in Italy.
A car for instance is made of various parts which come from different countries it is however important how they are processed.
We work on the imported parts and modify them for a prefect performance. The DCTV process is done in Japan and the assembling and set up by our master technician Atsushi Watanabe. Thus every Forestone Saxophone fulfils and even exceeds the high Japanese standards.
Q.What does the saxophone sound like? Does it have a distinct sound?
A. Describing a sound of an instrument is not an easy task. So we asked many players what they think the horn sounds like. Many answered it sounds a little bit like a Selmer, others thought more of a Conn and some also said it reminds them of a Yanagisawa. But everybody said it was a unique and beautiful sound. So we think, they are all right and that our saxophones indeed have sound aspects of these three brands but in combination the Forestone sound is unique on the market. It’s a round, flexible sound and rich in colour.
Q.How does a lacquered Forestone saxophone differs from an unlacquered Forestone saxophone?
A. Our lacquered model has an even and rounded tone. It is a warm modern sound which can also perfectly be used for classical playing. The unlacquered model has a more spread out sound being more jazzy and supports the artist in expressing his/ her own style. This model is suited for players who are looking for an oldschool/vintage sound. The unlaquered Alto comes also with a different neck than the laquered one to underline this difference in sound concept.
Q.What items are included with a purchase of a Forestone Saxophone?
A. The Forestone Saxophone comes only with high-end accessories instead of unnecessary throw-away items. With the horn, you will also receive a high-end Protec saxophone case, a Forestone Unfiled Reed (free of choice in strength), a Forestone Gold Plate Ligature and a B-air Bird Strap.
Q.What is a cryogenical treatment and how does it relate to the Forestone Saxophone?
A. During the assembly process our saxophone undergoes a unique method called "cryogenical freezing" also known as DCTV treatment. We smooth out the stresses within the metal of the saxophone. This will give the saxophone a more wide and free sound. Furthermore does the DCTV process include a sonic aging process which makes the Forestone Saxophone behaving like a played in horn from the very beginning.
Q.What is the correct way to say "Forestone?"
A. Our name is an amalgamation of the two English words: forest and tone. The correct way to say it is "Forest-tone."