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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...
 
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...
 
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 ...... Like...
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...
Hi All, 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...
 
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...
I've been monogomous to my Tenor Selmer SA80II since 1990-ish. A few months back I tried Yamaha 62, Yamaha Z custom and Yanagisawa T-something and was completely underwhelmed What about Clever Trevor James and a few others? Signature Custom Silver (as in the metal through and through): didn't like, heavy and ugly Signature Custom Bronze: didn't like, clunky Signature Custom Goldy looking lacquer: nice nice nice, fitted my long digits exactly, lovely action, great tone, palm keys at the...
 
There are plenty of cheap chinese Sopranos around in both styles to choose from but in the UK none as cheap combined with a no hassle 28 return warranty which Gear4Music offer . There is currently only one model, the Straight gold laquer model retailing at just under £200, it`s the standard fare Yani 901 clone with 2 necks, plastic pimply case and gloves like most lower end Sops...... this one was a "nearly new" sold through the website which is basically a return which isn`t falling to...
 
The new Keilwerth soprano in Sax.co.uk is actually the Liebman model the SX90DL - not the Liebman Signature SX90DLS - but to all intents and purposes according to Sal Maniscalco these two models are very similar from the playing pov. I'm a Selmer player and have been for most of my career. I had a short stint with a Couf tenor in the 1970s and a couple of years with an SX90R tenor in the 1990s. Both were terrific instruments, but I really always felt that the Keilwerth tenors were the...
Yesterday I attended the Keilwerth presentation organized by sax.co.uk They booked a venue near the London shop to let us enjoy the main attraction: Kirk Whalum. Of course I was in the shop two hours earlier to let Keilwerth people enjoy my comments and my playing (why limit this pleasure to the shop staff?) on their David Liebman soprano; an instrument that intrigued me but I never saw in flesh. The Buffet representative and the Keilwerth product manager (Al Maniscalco) were there, really...
 
As there`s a Drought of Soprano reviews I thoght I`d review the Elkhart Deluxe straight One PIece model which has wandered across my path today . OK you maybe thinking "What good's a review by a Tenor player who`s naff at Soprano" but horns of this level (Sub £700) are bought by those wanting to branch out like myself and Raw beginners . I found this horn especially interesting to test as its the current model and not an old less common model like the Superb 300 series Curved . The Deluxe...
 
:) MORE photos here: http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/slideshow/24366107 I've had my Buffet 400 Series Alto for three months now and I see no reason to change it. Having also had Jupiter 565-567, Yamaha YAS-275, Beaugnier Vito, the Buffet is a great horn with no bad habits and I'm really enjoying it. So, along came an absolutely mint Buffet 100 Alto the other day, little used during its three year life-span. I couldn't resist it as I'd been unable to find out much about the...
 
:) Another one passes through my hands! A Venus Alto in shiny nickel plate this time. Believed to be 2 1/2 years old and sold on as the previous owner had bought a more professional instrument. Steve Howard reviewed a 2009 model in October 2010 and ended up liking it. Following Steve's format, I found this model to be in almost perfect condition apart from a little brass showing inside the curve of the r/h thumb rest, and a few cork buffers missing. A wipe over showed no visible...
In case you missed it, I just got myself a rather lovely Yamaha 875, in black. Looks and sounds rather tasty. However this only came about after extensive, almost obsessive research and play-testing over a period of about 4 weeks, during which time I pestered, annoyed, and generally failed to buy anything from, sax dealers the length of England. Up till then, I hadn't played many saxes at all apart from the B&M, Conn 10M and Cannonball that had been my previous tenors. Day after day...
Well my new Jericho J-6 arrived today, so as promised here’s a review. Please excuse incorrect terminology etc as I’m new to this and still learning. Firstly I would like to publicly thank Robbie at Student Music Supplies for the excellent service provided. All in all a thoroughly nice chap, very easy to talk to. Haven't needed it yet for obvious reasons, but i should imagine aftercare service will be the same, exceptional On to the review. On opening the packaging you find the upgraded...
I’ve recently acquired a new low A bari to replace my venerable Buescher 400, which has gone to its new owner (enjoy it, Maree, it rocks). The one I got? Bauhaus Walstein. So, given that I already own one BW sax, a curly sop, and the interest in them here, I thought I’d pen a short review. The sax had originally been bought from Woodwind and Brass. The new owner had never played it, due to its weight, so I bought it, essentially new, for £600 off the list price. :w00t: Initial impressions...
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