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ccatania

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Hello all! I'm brand new to this site, and I stumbled upon it after purchasing a saxophone today, and I was hoping that somebody might be able to give me a bit of help. I bought it at an auction because it just looked very unusual and attractive. But, after leaving, I was told that I got something that might have a little bit of value. But, here's the problem... I have no idea what I have. I know that I have an alto saxophone made by Antigua Winds in what I think is a black nickel finish. It looks like this: http://www.kesslermusic.com/html/sax/520bc/as3220bq.htm


However I can't find a model number on the instrument. Does anybody know where I'd find that?

And, in the bottom of the case, I found a Berg Larsen mouthpiece that I have been told is for a baritone saxophone. But, other than that, I don't know anything about it, except for the numbers 115/2/SMS, but again, I have no idea what it means. Can anybody tell me anything about any of these pieces? Your help would be greatly appreciated!!

I've tried to put a photo up here of the actual item, but it won't let me, so if you PM me, I can show you what I found =)

Thanks again for any possible help!!
~Chuck
 

kevgermany

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Antigua's a US brand, sourced like most saxes these days, in the far east. Never seen one, but they seem to have a good reputation. Depending on what you paid, condition etc. you may have got a bargain. But you haven't picked up a valuable rarity.

Black nickel finish looks really good. Especially with gold keys/fittings.

Berg Larsen mouthpieces are pretty good and one of the standards. It's not going to help you if you've bought an alto - which I assume you have based on the web link & comment. But it's a bit odd to buy an alto and find a bari mouthpiece. You say the sax is unusual looking, could be you bought a bari, which has more bends that the alto tenor you usually see.

Suggest you got it to a sax shop/technician, get it checked over and get a decent mouthpiece/reeds to start playing with. Usual recommendations here are Yamaha 4c, Rico Royal B3 or B5 and Runyon 22. If it is a baritone Berg, you should be able to cover the costs by selling that on. Don't foget a decent strap, either.

Maybe the shop can recommend a good teacher in your area - helps a lot! Arrange a trial lesson first to check you're both on the same wavelength.

Have fun! And let us know how you get on.
 

Justin Chune

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That sax looks brand new and the discounted price on Dave Kessler's web site is $1549. I hope you got a bargain. Enjoy it.

Jim.
 
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