Black Parker P65 and metallic red Westone Raider Bass already mentioned in Guitar-Fi, but if we're talking about things I actually know my way around...
Pair of 1978 B-flat and 1982 A Boosey & Hawkes Imperial 926 clarinets as a holdout against the Buffet Mafia.
Being so outdated, and wide bore, they are powered by Ed Pillinger custom mouthpieces (45B lays for the ternminally nerdy). I can't recommend his work highly enough.
Possibly 1970s Dolnet M70 Bel Air Tenor Sax. The one with the hexagonal stuff. Looks like it's been run over by a burning tank, and tricky intonation (flat low, sharp high) but can't complain for £100... :) Helped immeasurably by an Excalibur mouthpiece from the late great Ralph Morgan.
Weighs as much as a small elephant. I have no idea what Lefevre and Piges were using for metal, but I bet a lot of Parisian Churches leak. I really like it.
So much so that I got a matching 1959 (possibly) hexagonal Dolnet Bel Air Alto. That's pretty and has spot-on intonation everywhere. Again, a Ralph Morgan Excalibur does the honours. Loudly.
This weighs in about the same as a normal (Carreras, rather than Pavarotti) Tenor.
A King 613 alto that I used until the Dolnet happened by. I got that in a School sale in Montpeeelyer NY and took it home in the luggage. Even declared it at Customs, and was waved through because the duty wasn't worth the paperwork. Which was nice.
It may be just a student model, but I like the good big sound that comes out of it. It's got a nice character to it without being anywhere even remotely approaching fancy.
Loaned indefinitely to a friend, a silver plated Lyriste (an actual A E Sax sax....) Soprano. Curiosity value only, as it's 1920s or earlier, only has a couple of palm keys and is high pitch. OK sound, but I'm not mad about it, and am happier down in the bellowing regions.
Anyway, very expensive. Went out to get it repadded, and came home with a house. I was surprised, but my wife always was a bit of a rascal with the Rohypnol. I'm still not entirely sure what happened...
Recorders of various sizes. Nice Alexander Heinrich pearwood descant and treble. No tenor, as they sound rubbish, and my mitts are too small to reach the holes, and a really shockingly good plastic Aulos sopranino.
All I need now is some ability...
Edited by David - 3/11/11 at 10:16am