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Moz

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After a chat with the wife the other night about playing a baritone sax but not justifying the price she said 'you only live once go and get one'. Now this is very surprising from her as I have a house full of instruments and to get another (on top of all my radio controlled helicopters and planes) would be to fill the house to bursting. Anyway, a friend of mine has a Cannonball bari sax and after a few wines last night I emailed and asked if I could borrow hers for a couple of weeks. Not really expecting her to say yes I felt I had gone through the motions but it wasn't going to happen and I should now forget all about buying a bari sax.

She said yes!

Oh dear, now I have to get it and try it but what if I like it, what if it's the best thing since my Yani T901? How can I possibly justify spending the price of a good second-hand car on a musical instrument when I'm not even a professional player?

I shall get it next week and hope to god I hate it or else I am in deep doo doo's.
 

old git

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Allow me to help you out, Moz.

I am perfectly willing to test it for you and as the CaSLM is short of funds following the recent trespass on our turf, I am sure that you will feel it is your charitable duty to compensate your friend should CaSLM accidentally lose the instrument.

Whatever happens, you will receive a full, written report.
 

johnboy

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Allow me to help you out, Moz.

I am perfectly willing to test it for you and as the CaSLM is short of funds following the recent trespass on our turf, I am sure that you will feel it is your charitable duty to compensate your friend should CaSLM accidentally lose the instrument.

Whatever happens, you will receive a full, written report.
Let me know if it happens Bill, I'll come and nick it (with a donation to CaSLM of course).
Off topic, I used to fly a 'Phaselift' thermal glider back in the '70s I used Derek Olley's 'Fleet' R/C.
Oh those heart stopping moments - Will it ever come down again?

John.
 

Taz

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Oh Moz, don't worry mate, your going to hate it.......because it's not yours.....and that'll be following shortly!!!

Once you produce your first crisp, clear note from that beastie, you'll be hooked! The sound will start echoing around inside your head, breaking down all rational thought patterns, reducing your will power to mush....... until you stumble into the sax shop mumbling "I need a bari NOW!!!!!!!>:):))):mrcool
 

dooce

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After a chat with the wife the other night about playing a baritone sax but not justifying the price she said 'you only live once go and get one'. Now this is very surprising from her as I have a house full of instruments and to get another (on top of all my radio controlled helicopters and planes) would be to fill the house to bursting. Anyway, a friend of mine has a Cannonball bari sax and after a few wines last night I emailed and asked if I could borrow hers for a couple of weeks. Not really expecting her to say yes I felt I had gone through the motions but it wasn't going to happen and I should now forget all about buying a bari sax.

She said yes!

Oh dear, now I have to get it and try it but what if I like it, what if it's the best thing since my Yani T901? How can I possibly justify spending the price of a good second-hand car on a musical instrument when I'm not even a professional player?

I shall get it next week and hope to god I hate it or else I am in deep doo doo's.
As proud owner of a Cannonball tenor I would love to try one of their baris - they have a good following on SOTW, for what that is worth. But you really don't need to be spending car money on one - John Packer instruments have been mentioned often enough in discussions about baris and there are plenty of pros out there playing them. OK, you could still get a used car for the money they cost, but more like a 02 plate Astra than an 06 BMW.........
 

MandyH

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Oh Moz, don't worry mate, your going to hate it.......because it's not yours.....and that'll be following shortly!!!

Once you produce your first crisp, clear note from that beastie, you'll be hooked! The sound will start echoing around inside your head, breaking down all rational thought patterns, reducing your will power to mush....... until you stumble into the sax shop mumbling "I need a bari NOW!!!!!!!>:):))):mrcool
I know how this feels.
I played a bari for the first time last week. I am struggling to ignore Paul's offer for his Gear4music one. The one thing holding me back is that it's exactly the same model as the one I have an offer to time-share on. Logically if I'm going to buy one, I'd need to move up the market a bit!
 

Gallen

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We only live once :) Oh, I keep reading good things about the JDX baritone pieces on SOTW :D
 

allansto

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if you dont live outside your comfort zone every now and then,,,,,,,,, you will never reeeeeally live.
 

Jules

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We only live once :) Oh, I keep reading good things about the JDX baritone pieces on SOTW :D
Great pieces on baritone... I don't play much bari these days but on the few occassioans I have a JDX is my weaopn of choice (plus they've got quite a small profile so feels quite similar to my tenor)
 

Moz

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Notes on a borrowed bari

I picked it up today but due to time constraints I have only been able to blow a few notes through it. It's not a Cannonball, it's a P. Mauriat 300 with a dark lacquer, lovely looking thing, case is bloody huge!

I have it for three weeks then I have to give it back and at that point I have to decide...tenor or bari, it can't be both.

I shall keep you updated on progress, I wonder if I should start a blog?

Martin
 

jonf

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Re: Notes on a borrowed bari

I have to give it back and at that point I have to decide...tenor or bari, it can't be both.
Whyever not? I've got so many saxophones I think they're reproducing asexually, like strawberries.

Seriously, though, if it really is tenor or bari, rather than tenor and bari, I'd go for the tenor. Baris are great fun, but a tenor is just so much more versatile.
 

BigMartin

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Re: Notes on a borrowed bari

Whyever not? I've got so many saxophones I think they're reproducing asexually, like strawberries.
Surely saxophones would never reproduce asexually. It's just not in their nature. They're climbing into each others' cases while you're asleep.
 

gladsaxisme

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Re: Notes on a borrowed bari

Surely saxophones would never reproduce asexually. It's just not in their nature. They're climbing into each others' cases while you're asleep.
Mummy is that where C Melody's come from
 

jonf

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Re: Notes on a borrowed bari

Surely saxophones would never reproduce asexually. It's just not in their nature. They're climbing into each others' cases while you're asleep.
I just can't bring myself to think of my saxes doing such things........
 

baritonesax

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I know that my username probably tips my hand in the "tenor or baritone" debate, but I would say that baris are more versatile (at a pinch) - particularly if you have some command of the altissimo. Also, I think having a bari is more of a help getting a gig. If getting a gig is a problem for you. Which it may not be.
 
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So your wife told you to go for it without any argument? i would check firstly that she hasn't pranged the car or that some of such calamity hasn't taken place.
be warned in my experience the prospect of a bari entering the home is never greeted with such devil -may -care light heartedness.
 

Moz

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I know that my username probably tips my hand in the "tenor or baritone" debate, but I would say that baris are more versatile (at a pinch) - particularly if you have some command of the altissimo. Also, I think having a bari is more of a help getting a gig. If getting a gig is a problem for you. Which it may not be.
I think you may be right about the versatility. Jonf talked of the tenor being versatile and indeed it does get 'up there' and 'down there'. However, in the short time I have had the bari I have found the low notes pleasing and the high (normal) notes to be ridiculously easy to get and easy to make sound good -- high F# just falls out, you just don't even notice, it is so easy and clear.
 

Moz

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So your wife told you to go for it without any argument? i would check firstly that she hasn't pranged the car or that some of such calamity hasn't taken place.
be warned in my experience the prospect of a bari entering the home is never greeted with such devil -may -care light heartedness.
I wondered about that too. Now since I borrowed the bari, I mentioned again about buying one.

She said "No, I said go for it and borrow one".
I stuck to my guns and replied "You actually said go for it and get one".
In a quiet mumble she said "Oh, you heard that did you?"

Case closed, if I want one, I can get one.

Don't get me wrong, there is no thumbprint on the forehead here but I have to appear to be reasonable because of the size of the bloody case!
 

jonf

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When I mentioned versatility I didn't mean in terms of playing the beast, just that there is a vast amount more music written for tenor than bari.
 
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