I just received the Seydel newsletter and saw the announcement of the new Sydel Skydiver, an Asian-tuned 24-hole tremolo with stainless steel reeds. It looks attractive with a bright blue ABS comb and stainless steel covers. At USD 129.95, it's a bit pricier than many popular trems. It comes in the keys of G, A, C, Db, and D. Has anyone seen or acquired one of these yet? I'm sure a review would be welcomed by all.
Hi Rex. I too have a Sailor. It's in G. I haven't yet noticed the higher bite required on the mouthpiece, but I haven't played it that much. My only note of comparison so far is against the Hohner Echo. On the Seydel I find a comfortable playing experience with better accuracy in my playing. It could be the ABS mouthpiece and its profile, compared the slightly bulging maple mouthpiece of the Hohner; I don't know. But I am sure that the astonishing fit and finish of the Seydel instrument will make the Skydiver a real contender in the Asian tuned segment, even at its slightly more aggressive price point. I don't have a strong opinion of steel reeds, either for technical or musical purposes. I don't know which dealers have the Skydiver yet, but Rockin' Ron seems to source Seydels pretty regularly. As I said before, we'd all welcome a review.