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rhysonsax

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I'm looking to try a Sop to quench my curiosity and probably instigate a terrible bout of GAS. Unfortunately, there aren't any well stocked music shops with a wide variety of instruments available in my area.

I called one store in Southampton and they had quite a poor range of sops, but I just wanted to try one to see how I got on. The guy I spoke with on the phone was all well and good but he joked that if he couldn't sell me a sop he'd sell me an Alto instead. Kind of put me off going in as even if the guy was kidding around, I don't want to be sold anything! Sax.co.uk were really relaxed when I visited there, but it's a long way to travel. I think Dawkes is the closest decent shop to me, but that's an hour and af half away.
I don't know where you are in Hampshire, but if you can get an off-peak train up to Waterloo, sax.co.uk isn't far by foot or taxi.

Rhys
 

Halfers

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I don't know where you are in Hampshire, but if you can get an off-peak train up to Waterloo, sax.co.uk isn't far by foot or taxi.

Rhys
Yes, you're right, Rhys. The move has benefited trains coming in at Waterloo. It's a good point and might be worth an excuse for a day trip. Although any trip to London would no doubt become a Family day out, costing a fortune and about 3 seconds to 'pop in' to a Sax shop :p
 

sax panther

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was the Southampton shop Hayes? If so, they're actually really nice in there. I went in to buy a couple of reeds, and the guy let me have a go on a TJ RAW tenor (probably the priciest horn they have in there) even though I had no intention of buying it (It was very nice, by the way....). They don't have a massive range though. As Rhys says, it's worth going to London. Doesn't have to be a family trip if you book a secret day off work and travel after 09:30 to get the £35 ticket...
 

Halfers

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was the Southampton shop Hayes? If so, they're actually really nice in there. I went in to buy a couple of reeds, and the guy let me have a go on a TJ RAW tenor (probably the priciest horn they have in there) even though I had no intention of buying it (It was very nice, by the way....). They don't have a massive range though. As Rhys says, it's worth going to London. Doesn't have to be a family trip if you book a secret day off work and travel after 09:30 to get the £35 ticket...
Yes, it was. It was where I got my Tenor from, so haven't had an issue in the past, apart from the frustratingly low stock level. I'll probably pop in there at some point but the only Sop they have in is an Odyssey, so not many options.

I work from Home quite often, so a Secret trip isn't too tricky ;)
 

MandyH

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Are either of the shops in Bristol any use? Trevor James, or Headwind; or make a day of it and go to one of the Sax.co.uk shops?
 

Alice

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Yes, you're right, Rhys. The move has benefited trains coming in at Waterloo. It's a good point and might be worth an excuse for a day trip. Although any trip to London would no doubt become a Family day out, costing a fortune and about 3 seconds to 'pop in' to a Sax shop :p
Tell your family it’s not very nice in London at the moment and you’ll treat them to a wonderful day out another time, somewhere else.
 

Weasel

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+1 for Howarth. Spent some time trying out vintage horns there while on business a while back, and they were very friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable. Didn't get a horn, but bought a few boxes of reeds for their trouble.
I bought my first two oboes and my cor from them and they were brilliant. First time I was a novice so had no idea what I was looking for so the pro tried them with me and helped me pick the best one for me, the second and third times I had a much better idea but they were still super-helpful and let me take as long as I liked. I bought an inordinate number of reeds too! (For the record, I really hate oboe reeds...)
It hadn't crossed my mind that they also do saxophones, I was so double-reed-focussed at the time. Might need to go to London...
 
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