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SAXOPHONE : PROS & CONS
Sonny Rollins (black pencil on paper)
Before you: buy one sax learn how to play decide to become a saxophonist be aware of the pros and cons of that marvellous, unique but also diabolic musical instrument. Looking at it by ...
by Azul
Do you have a 'Naked Lady' sax?
A 'Naked Lady' alto sax would be either one of the 6M or 26M models with the 'Naked Lady' engraving or one of the pro Conn saxes made just prior to the 6M during the transitional period between the ...
by azuka
Tips for selling your saxophone
Marsh Woodwinds
Ebay Really, the easiest way to sell a saxophone, if one is not involved in the saxophone community and thus connected, would be to put it on eBay with a healthy reserve. Make sure that you DO ...
by Average Joe
Minimal information required for saxophone assessment, identification, and monetary evaluation
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good,in-focus photos like these are needed,plus others...in focus please....
by Average Joe
Bruno, Conn Stencils, and C-Melody Overview.
INQUIRY: I need some clarification on a sax I recently found. It reads: Perfection Made in USA Bruno NY PATD Dec 8, 1914 C P4430 L ANSWER: Bruno was a NY based music ...
by Average Joe
Stencil horns
American Triumph by Harry Pedler & Sons
What is a Stencil horn? "Stencil" horns are horns that are made for one company to later be branded and sold by another. Very few makers cataloged their stencil lines in the same serial ...
by Average Joe
What does it mean that both alto and tenor saxophones are transposing instruments?
Transposing instrument merely means that it is not in the key of C. Tenor is a Bb instrument and the alto is an Eb horn. C instruments play in 'concert' pitch. That means that when a piano, a ...
by azuka
How to remove black tarnish
To remove black tarnish properly involves completely disassembling the sax and polishing each piece individually. I've done this many times and it is a work of love. However, I have run into folks ...
by azuka
What would cause a tenor sax to have a tendency to want to drop to the lower register when playing ...
Is your tenor saxophone dropping from the upper registry to the lower while you are playing? The opposite is more often the case, with the lower register jumping to the upper due to a leak. If ...
by Average Joe
What is the difference between Selmer USA Omega intermediate and pro model saxophones?
The old 1980's Selmer USA saxes were the result of a collaboration. They made a student model (no decorative engraving), an intermediate, and a pro model. Once Selmer abandoned the 'Omega' ...
by azuka
Elkhart Band Instrument Co, Elkhart BIC
This sax in the image above is a 1940 Elkhart Band Instrument Co (Elkhart BIC) subsidiary of Buescher, stencil Model. The Bundy line was launched in late 1939 and by 1940 Elkhart BIC serials were ...
by badenia
Saxophone cleaning tips
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Things I don't use: I would never use WD40 on my saxophone or any that I repair. For myself, I never use a pull-through or a "pad-saver" (one of those fluffy things that goes in the body-tube ...
by secondhandsaxes
END-PLUGS..... Please use them every time the saxophone goes in the case....
bent octave lever
As a saxophone buyer/repairer/seller, I have seen many saxophones over the years, and one of the most common damage areas that could be avoided quite easily is the octave lever post that moves the ...
by secondhandsaxes
Conn And The Best Manufacturing Company
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The thing is that Conn went through some interesting times in the 1960's. There are at least two different flavors of US-made Shooting Stars saxes. The Best Manufacturing factory in Nogales, AZ ...
by azuka
Exciting times for musicians in Adelaide Australia with the Fringe and Womadelaide music Festival
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It's such a cool time for all sorts of music and entertainment this month in Adelaide. Every band has a horn section, sax players are coming out of the woodwork. I can't believe how talented the ...
by Terry J
I'm looking to buy a new sax, should I buy Selmer or Yamaha?
Different strokes for different folks. You do get the biggest consensus among playing professionals that a Selmer Mark VI is THE horn to play. Many play something else because a Mark VI is beyond ...
by azuka
Stencil and unbranded horns
Ever wondered why some horns don't have a name on them? European horns were often left blank because of different aesthetics and to keep the price lower. Even such high end horns as Selmer Paris ...
by Average Joe
What do you recommend purchasing to get the "best value, non-student" Alto Sax for less than $1000?
I would definitely go with used, and be very open to vintage. To get an intermediate or better sax brand new for under $1000 is a tough proposition. I think one of the better values out there are ...
by azuka
Rolled tone holes, micro tuners, and nickel plated keys
Nabokov at en.wikipedia [CC-BY-SA-3.0], from Wikimedia Commons Rolled Tone Holes Conn was the only U.S. company to employ the use of rolled tone holes. Some German, French, Czech makers ...
by Average Joe
Buescher Aristocrat Saxophones
Prior to the mid 1960's, Buescher was a self-owned company (begun by former Conn saxophone designer Gus Buescher), and their Aristocrat was a fully professional line of horns. They were one of the ...
by Average Joe
As a novice, is it ok to learn to play both tenor and alto?
If you are playing only months, put the other horn away for now.But, if as a Novice Player you have been playing at least two years or more, then you already have a fairly built up embouchure on ...
by eastharlemghost
A seesaw key on your saxophone?
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The seesaw key... what is this thing? What does seesaw have to do with saxophones? Manufacturers are attempting to help sax musicians with our sticking g# key. Everyone has it... what we do ...
by Tkipfer
E.J. Albert saxophones
History of E.J. Albert saxophones Eugene Albert was a prominent Belgian woodwind maker who studied under none other than Adolphe Sax himself. His clarinets, in particular, are noteworthy. They are ...
by Average Joe
5 Things to remember when learning to play the sax
Ryan The Tenor
First, you are going to need a lot of support from family, friends and your teacher. Don't let anyone stop you from becoming a first class player, and there's only one way to achieve that ...
by eastharlemghost
Can you learn to play the saxophone on your own?
Although it is possible to learn how to play the saxophone (or clarinet, trumpet etc.) on your own, I would strongly urge you to find someone local from whom to take lessons. Some communities have ...
by azuka
C-melody Saxophones
1 - Details
C-melody pitched horns in general are largely obsolete. Their origins during the early part of the Golden age of the saxophone (the teens through about the 1940's) were to provide a horn that ...
by Average Joe
Pan American saxophones
The saxophone in the above image is not a stencil. It is a manufacturer's brand. The model for this baritone is 54M. The vintage is 1937. The Globe & Eagle logo was the standard Pan American ...
by badenia
Cavalier saxophones
The saxophone in the image above is a stencil of a Cavalier model 94M. The 94M alto was the "for stencil" version of the 92M alto. The main difference is the non-Mercedes style low C guard. The ...
by badenia
Self-Introduction - My saxophone story ...
Well, I will dedicate this first blog in introducing myself and give you just some background information about me, and how I come about playing the saxophone. It was a rather sad, crazy yet ...
by wingchung89
METAL MOUTHPIECE'S ......DO YOU LIKE THEM?
holton
Gidday again...just wondering if I am alone out there in the world of saxophone that do not like metal mouthpiece's??????? There are bunches of people I love listening to that sound fantastic on ...
by secondhandsaxes
Looking for a saxophone for a new student
You can't go wrong with a used Yamaha YAS-23 or YTS-23 if going for a tenor sax. Just need to make sure it's in good playing condition and that the price is right. Keep in mind that Vito saxes made ...
by azuka
TRAVELING WITH SAXOPHONE AROUND THE WORLD
Hello there... I travel a lot. Around the world and within Australia... I am in Indonesia now... Many hotels, guesthouses, etc. do mind you practicing if it harasses their other customers.... So, ...
by secondhandsaxes
Journey of a MKVI
Credit for this post goes to ERic M. Lustgarten, NYC. Not selling her, ever. However, with your kind permission, I thought that I would share this story. Enjoy ! Have owned her since '76. Saul ...
by Average Joe
What is the difference between a fall and a glissando?
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What is the difference between a fall and a glissando? They're notated differently in my jazz music, but are they played differently? Is the fall just throat movement and the glissando is ...
by azuka
Repadding a horn: Not a DIY project!
Repadding a horn is a very complex process. Despite mechanical ability, the learning curve to get the horn sealing and playing properly is quite dramatic. There are a tremendous number of processes ...
by Average Joe
What is good routine maintenance for a saxophone?
The maintenance of a saxophone depends on how much it's played and, when it's played, is the player keeping up with the basics... Oiling of keys and rods Swabbing the extra or excess moisture ...
by eastharlemghost
Which reed should I use with a selmer paris S80?
Image posted by Gary (guest) The answer to this question is not as simple as you might think. If you are an experienced player, you would probably already know what sort of reed to use with a ...
by azuka
Jean Baptiste saxes
How good are Jean Baptiste saxophones? The thing with Jean Baptiste saxes is that they are a house brand of Sam Ash music stores. Sam Ash farms out production and can change factories from year ...
by azuka
Checking a sax for leaky keys
First, check the pads. Then, if you have a sax light, check to see if you have any leaks. You can do this simple procedure yourself. Check above the F key, there should be two adjustment screws ...
by eastharlemghost
How to fix keys with "extra vibrato"
DM wrote: The lowest notes (B flat, B, C, and C sharp) on my 1926 Conn New Wonder II alto tend to sound like they're being played with an extreme vibrato... The most likely culprit is one or ...
by azuka

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