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Hello, 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...
Introduction 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...
 
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...
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...
 
There are several saxophone neck straps on the market with split left and right pads. The idea behind having a gap in the middle of the padding is to relieve pressure on the vertebral column, reducing the risk of trapped nerves and spinal damage. Examples of such straps are the Cebulla Sax-Strap, Just Joe's Sax Gel Strap and the B.Air Bird Strap. All of these straps have a leather neck piece with a cord attached. Protec makes a similar product called the Leather Less-Stress strap...
 
Disclaimer - I've known the maker of this product, JBTSAX, for many years through various on-line forums. However I've been as objective as I can. I have no interest in the product. One of the things I found frustrating when I first started repairing saxes was getting the right sized pads. I'd measure the cups, order the pads and when they arrived, some would fit, others not. Getting the vernier out gave me the answers, of course, but it was time consuming and subject to a lot more error...
 
My first metronome was a cheap digital device that I grew to hate, okay ‘hate’ might be a bit strong but it quickly fell out of favour and was relegated to the drawer. To be fair it did everything it was supposed to do and did it well and accurately but the electronic beep it emitted grated on me and it lacked the volume I needed. I’ve found regular use of a metronome has helped my playing particularly when playing unaccompanied. I have a habit of slowing down for hard parts and speeding up...
 
I must admit I was a bit nervous about this at first, wondering what would happen if it fell off the wall. My house was built in 1925 and I'm not sure I completely trust the walls to hold something as heavy and valuable as a saxophone. Added to that the best place in my musicroom was immediately above my wife's harpsichord, so a fall would have truly catastrophic consequences. The first thing I thought was that the mounting plate has 3 screw holes, configured with one at the top and two...
 
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...
Heres a little review some of you might find useful. I've had my Conn for over 25 years and have to guiltily admit to spending not as much as a brass farthing on her. Always patching things up and making do. I don`t know how I managed to gig for years without any drastic events but if that was my share of luck then it explains why I never win the lotto. Thanks to Stephens Manual I've managed to replace springs and corks and improve the action but she still needs a re-pad . I have no...
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