Under Yamaha YDS-150 Digital Saxophone review
The Yamaha YDS-150 Digital Synthesizer in a Saxophone Body
There have been plenty of demos and discussions about this, and much of the discussion has been negative.
I do not consider this a saxophone at all, any more than my midi keyboard is a piano.
There are now 20 audio tracks, and a few YouTube videos after several days with the YDS-150.
I have had about two hours total to play around with this, and I intend to do several other tests...
I mentioned in some other strap reviews that the important thing to help your poor old neck is the area of the strap in contact with your neck. Well, with the saxholder, nothing comes in contact with your neck. In fact this is not really a strap, it's more of a, well, sax holder. As you can see there are two "handles" which hang over your shoulders so the weight which would have been on your neck with a conventional strap, is on your shoulders, possibly a much safer situation for your...
Here is my full review of the new Saxmute One for sax tenor.
Playing sax can be problematic related to neighbourgs tolerance. It’s a loud instrument, and us players have to practice a lot, many hours per day everyday to have good skills. Some appartments don’t even allow to play pianissimo, everybody will hear you because of resonance. In the past, I had an isolated booth but had to sell it because of space in the appartment for my children. To be honest, it was efficient for...
After a few cheap and cheerful music stands fell apart on me I decided it was time to get something a little more robust. Looking around during my band rehearsals I noticed that although a few people were making do with the cheap flimsy stands most had opted for or a more substantial stand with a big perforated aluminium music desk. I had originally thought of getting one of these non-collapsible desk types but it was yet another big item to find a home for. Instead I decided to seek out a...
First thing to say is I have been playing alto 2 years 8 months and soprano, a year and a half. My alto is a Yamaha YAS-480 and the Yamaha 4C mouthpiece came with it. Like many "serious" beginners, I got the itch to try other mouthpieces and see what they were like. The first was a Vandoren V16 6M. It seemed great in the store, then very hard to play at home. I eventually had it refaced to reduce the opening, but that's another story. I tried at least one other before seeing a bunch of...
I live in a flat, and would like to practise without disturbing anyone around me. For this reason, I have bought this mute. I am reviewing it here so that others can judge if it is worth getting one.
The E-Sax Mute is made in Japan by Best Brass, who also make silent practice systems for brass instruments such as trumpets. It is a lot easier to mute a brass instrument than a woodwind instrument, since all the sound of a brass instrument comes out of the bell, while with...
D'Addario finally released a tenor mouthpiece.
After the excellent alto a couple of years ago (reviewed here), I was very curious about it. D'Addario UK kindly sent four mouthpiece for cafemembers to try.
Thanks again Tom
D'Addario uses a different numbering system.
This gave me the rare opportunity of testing the same model in four different facing; recently I started experimenting with smaller tips, away from my usual 9...
I originally posted this in my pseudo-blog musings thread… but thought it would be useful to abstract this to a more relevant section of the Café.
I bought a silver-plated Hanson ST8 just over 4 years ago(Oct 2012) from Hanson’s. It's generally been fine. It's had a light service every year. Two observations: it is 'modelled' on an older Selmer design e.g. No front F# key, and it is heavy. Ergonomically, I find the bottom Bb key a stretch (I can stretch a 10th on a piano just about) and...
Ding Dong PPT calling.
My new Tenor PPT 9* just touched down at the front door.
Ripped apart the packaging.
Frown :doh: Came in a lovely cardboard tube but the mouthpiece was wrapped in a plastic bag :old:
An old crunched up piece of newspaper would have done the job just as well. ;)
Stop moanin' Spike !
Rooted about in my drawer for a lig, and an old reed, slapped the whole caboodle on the horn.
My goodness me this thing is a monstrous work of Amy Zing art.
Need to get my neck cork redone...
Yamaha have had a superb "Student" sax almost since they started making the things , they`ve had plenty of ups and very few downs - the 275 got bad press for glueing the joint to the bell even when it was made in Japan and further moans when they started making this model in their Indonesian plant - the reality is that the bell joint thing can be fixed and there`s nothing wrong with the Indonesian plant but Both ghosts have been laid to rest with the release of the 280 model ......
We frequently get requests to recommend study material, especially for beginners. Each time people say, very helpfully, what's worked and what hasn't worked. But that's usually as far as it goes. When this came in for review, I asked myself what are we really looking for, what is the book trying to achieve? My tutor has frequently told me he's always grateful for suggestions for new material - and in fact some of the works recommended here have become part of his teaching plan for other...
I use a harness when I am playing my baritone sax, and for the last month I have been using a Thomann harness:
Thomann S 20HS Saxophone Harness – Thomann Mobile
This is the most comfortable and useful harness I have found so far, and also the cheapest. It has wide pads on the shoulders and there is no pressure on the back of the neck. It works fine for standing and sitting and It is easy to adjust. The Thomann web site says it is OK for women as well as men, but I can't comment...
Ordered their new unlacquered VA500UL after hearing nice things from sellers and buyers alike that the company overall made good saxes. Horn is dipped into some kind of stain to make it look super old. I didn't know this, thought it was some kind of chemical dip. After playing it for 5 minutes I had already worn off the paint on the high D palm key and it was just your basic bright looking brass underneath. Action was strong, like a series II. Horn is very heavy. My fingers smelled...
I have been looking for a better neck strap for tenor for a long time, and I have found one that works great. It is very comfortable, well made, and comes with options for the type of clasp you want. They are a bit pricey at $79.00 or $65.00 for one with minor cosmetic flaws, but over time it is well worth the cost to have a dependable and comfortable strap.
Unfortunately the shipping to the UK is a bit steep at $34.95, so those of us in the US have a price advantage. Perhaps one of the...
I received today a 6 and a 7 facing of these new alto mouthpieces.
They are CNC machined from a hard rubber bar, and according to the company, they don't require any hand finishing.
The first look confirms this. the design is very neat and precise on both pieces. Medium chamber and straight baffle. Some undercutting under the siderails. Medium tiprail (not too thin or too wide).
Very well made.
They look exactly as a hard rubber mouthpiece should look: like a mouthpiece. Standard elegant...
A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to review some mouthpieces from Absolute.
Their ST model had a ligature that was a piece of art, beautifully engineered and innovative.
After some pressure, Absolute decided to make the ligatures available for standard size"ebonite" mouthpieces.
As we all know from the internet, ligatures have three main functions:
secure the reed
convince cafesaxophone members to wear a baby-blue mask
London Meet 012
Personally I am very sensitive...
Please have a read! I started a new post as the sax I borrowed for the pass around was a brand new one. I have used it for 2 weeks and sent it back today. Here are my findings based on my level of playing :)
I have been fortunate enough to be able to have the use of a brand new alto in standard gold lacquer with nickel plate keys. Upon arrival I was pleasantly surprised at the excellent finish of the sax, especially since it is direct from the factory with no prior adjustments...
I was sent the Rico Graftonite C5 alto mouthpiece as part of a promotion on tamingthesaxophone.com. I had bought a copy of The Midnight Playalongs, and the two arrived together. So I loaded up the backings CD and began a comparison with my usual alto mouthpiece, a Vandoren A35.
According to the mouthpiece comparison chart at http://www.jodyjazz.com/facings.altosax.html, the opening of the Rico C5 and Vandoren A35 are similar, so I used the same Vandoren Blue Box 2.5 reed on...
Finally there`s a NEW C-Melody (or Contralto) Sax which can be easily bought from a proper bricks and mortar shop and pretty much handles and performs like a modern Alto or tenor ..
Getting a C-Melody sax these days seems to take two routes , first and most usual is to search out a Vintage horn (most likely from the 1920s) from Buescher, Conn etc which hopefully is either in playable condition or at least repairable at a sensible price . the problem with this apart from the obvious issues...
Buffet Crampon is a highly respected Clarinet maker who once upon a time actually made saxophones - I mean MADE them as opposed to sticking their name on whatever came along but that was decades ago and they`ve not made anything in house since the S series (unless that hi-end limited run horn made in the factory in France came off) ..
Soooo Buffet have stencilled their name (both Evette and just Buffet) on horns made from all over the place, the Evettes are the worst for this, they can...