What a great description of how the instrument came across to you. Thank you. That really helps. My Mollenhauer Alto is very ‘even’ with just a smooth scale of notes top to bottom. I don’t know how much the curved windway contributes; but when I play spirited O’Carolan tunes, it easily deliveres every nuance, accent, and dynamic I ask for. I love it and therefore was leaning towards a Mollenhauer Tenor as well. My current Tenor is very old and has a straight windway. I’m not at all disappointed with its expressiveness so much as its playing difficulty is wiping me out now that I’ve aged to be called ‘Ancient.’ It’s a large and heavy keyed Tenor that slows me down and tires me as well.
Am I right then that your Cherry Kung Tenor has a straight windway? (When you used the word “Modern,” I was kind of thinking that curved windways were ‘modern.’) And that you find no deficit in a straight windway?
The ‘blurb’ at Antique Sound Workshop (I think) implies that the Huber is also a top keyless Tenor contender. I’ve never seen one. The way the writer at Antique Sound uses words communicates well to me. You didn’t happen to try a Huber in your search, did you?
Hey, if I ask for too much of your time, let me know. I just really appreciate how you approached your search and wrote about it just now.
By the way, as to correcting/editing posts to this forum, you get one chance when you first post/submit things. In the shaded field just above your submitted post (where it says “Quote” and “Reply,”) the word “Edit” appears just that one first time to click on if you want to change anything. Also, after you type your changes, it asks down below what the reason for the changes were and if you wish to log your changes. I don’t log them, but I let the webmaster know if it was typos or clarity or whatever.
— Ken —