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Author Archive: Zach Sollitto

Hailing from San Francisco California, Zachary Sollitto is a man of many skills and many passions. Besides working in the telecommunications industry, his love for playing jazz is paralleled only by his passion for the world of saxophones and saxophone equipment. Perhaps more than just about any saxophonist you're likely to meet, he maintains an up-to-the-moment awareness of the latest and greatest products hitting the market for saxophonists. Whether it's saxophones, mouthpieces, neck straps, or just about anything else, Zach is the man you want to talk to. Manufacturers looking to have their saxophone products reviewed can reach him by email at zach@bestsaxophonewebsiteever.com or by phone at 954-292-2951.

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Meet 9 Of The World's Top Mouthpiece Magicians

Meet 9 Of The World’s Top Mouthpiece Magicians

While I was recently searching for a new mouthpiece, I started reading more about refacing and how the right person could turn a good mouthpiece into a one-of-a-kind-mouthpiece. In this review, I will be profiling various mouthpiece makers/refacers whose mouthpieces I have tried – whether it be their own branded mouthpiece, or another branded mouthpiece […]

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Saxophone Highlights from NAMM 2014

Saxophone Highlights from NAMM 2014

Similar to last year’s NAMM show, the 2014 show was another year filled with some new products ranging from saxophones, mouthpieces, ligatures, reeds and much, much more. This NAMM show in particular, saxophone and reed manufacturer, Lupifaro invited me to join them at the booth and assist with the setup and tear down at a […]

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P. Mauriat Greg Osby Signature Alto

Putting P. Mauriat’s New Greg Osby Signature Alto to the Test

To date, I have play-tested the P. Mauriat 67R, 76 2ND edition, and the 86 model alto saxophones at various NAMM conventions. Recently, Craig Denny at Saint Louis Music sent me one of the limited edition model altos that P. Mauriat just released as the “System-76 3rd Edition Alto” – aka “The Dragon” – aka the […]

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Could Forestone Be the Next Big Name in Mouthpieces and Ligatures?

Could Forestone Be the Next Big Name in Mouthpieces and Ligatures?

Introduction Since I play tested their line of reeds at the 2012 NAMM show, Forestone has added into their catalog a line of saxophones and saxophone accessories. Craig Denny over at St. Louis Music was nice enough to send me some Forestone ligatures for alto saxophone as well as some hard rubber tenor and alto […]

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Tony White Saxophone

Honest Talk About Music Education Plus Practice Room Tidbits with Sax Pro Tony White

Biography Professional jazz musician and musical director Tony White is a multi-instrumentalist who plays the tenor, alto, and soprano saxophone. His first teaching job ended up being at his old high school, Fremont. Utilizing his contacts and mentors (including famed jazz artist great, Buddy Collette), White was able to build a comprehensive program that included a […]

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How Does Viking's Newest Saxophone Fit in the Lineage of Classic Horns?

How Does Viking’s Newest Saxophone Fit in the Lineage of Classic Horns?

Introduction I have received emails from various sax players asking me about the Viking line of saxophones and how they play. When I checked out the Viking saxophones website, the various models were based on the Balanced Action, Super Balanced Action, Mark VI, and most recently the King Super 20 Silversonic. Rich Maraday, owner of […]

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Sax Man Bobby Stern Offers Up a Non-Standard Approach to Technique and Ear Training

Sax Man Bobby Stern Offers Up a Non-Standard Approach to Technique and Ear Training

Bobby Stern Bio Bobby Stern got his professional start in music playing at various US military clubs, and then went on to tour Spain with the Thad Jones Septet. After attending the Berklee College of Music, Bobby played with a wide variety of groups in addition to playing with guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith. Bobby […]

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Eastman 52nd Street Tenor Saxophone

Putting the New Eastman 52nd Street Alto and Tenor Saxes to the Test

After demoing the Eastman 52nd Street tenor saxophone at the 2013 NAMM show, I knew I had to take a second look at this horn to see how it compared some of the other tenor saxophones I tried out at the NAMM show, along with my Mark VI. Ralph Torres, saxophone product specialist at Andreas […]

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