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whats a better sound a selmer sax or yanagisawa?

Fraser Jarvis

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Well it's obvious innit, you aint gonna get the Selmer sound on a yam, or nothin else for that matter, Selmer all the way oh yeah!
 

Jeanette

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It depends who is on the other end of it and what mouthpiece, reed and lig they are using. ;)

So many variables and lots of threads on the subject of sound/tone.

But at the end of the day as said above all personal preference.

Jx
 

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To play any musical instrument you need to be self obsessed, and the best musicians are. Because you will always sound like you. It's you that makes the difference. You need to have belief in your ability to make music. If you are a Chef getting the most expensive set of knives or pots and pans, it won't make you a good a Chef. Just somebody with the best pots and pans.
 

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Remember one time i had recorded some Roland Alphonso and played it to my teacher (a life long Jazz player who had never heard of Rollie, and well into his 70s) he smilled and said his 6 sounds beautifull, i said how can you tell its a Selmer? he just replied, when you've been playing as long as i have son you just know.
 

Nick Wyver

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Remember one time i had recorded some Roland Alphonso and played it to my teacher (a life long Jazz player who had never heard of Rollie, and well into his 70s) he smilled and said his 6 sounds beautifull, i said how can you tell its a Selmer? he just replied, when you've been playing as long as i have son you just know.
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Jamesmac

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Sinatra felt he was misunderstood in his life, ( I tend to agree with him on that) but one thing he said was. They can say what they like about me. But when I sing I believe. If you think about his finely tuned young voice to his hard to control voice in later life. Then what he says makes a lot of sense. I can only imagine the first sax Charlie Parker had. But he believed, obviously because he had the goods.;)
 

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I've never heard a Selmer, apparently their always in having the bits that fell off re soldered on >:) except for a Mk VI of course:)
 

Fraser Jarvis

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Just saying guys, just sayin, don't shoot the messenger. He heard it alright maybe if Nick....ah well never mind.
 

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Not played a Selmer soprano but Yani's are great sop's
 

aldevis

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Which Selmer?
They don't sound the same at all.
A cafe member tried my VI recently. I could not hear a difference with his Jericho.
If I play it, you will hear a difference with my played-every-day Sequoia. Still I cannot describe that difference.
 

MandyH

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As others have said, it depends on the player, but having spent some time looking for a tenor sax and trying many, I would say the Selmer.
 

altissimo

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both Selmer and Yanagisawa have made a variety of different models of sax over the years, so generalisations about them are difficult - a Selmer 22 is a completely different sax to a Mark VI - and of course it depends on the player and mouthpiece etc. To me, a Selmer Super Balanced Action sounds nicer than any Yanagisawa I've ever encountered, but I'd prefer a Yanagisawa to an SA80. If I had to buy a brand new sax it wouldn't be a Selmer, but I prefer vintage horns, so that's not a likely scenario
Over the last decade there have been a number of pro players who are leaving their precious Mark VI's at home and gigging with Yanagisawa's and other Asian horns, but I suspect that they still get the Selmer out when they're recording
 

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