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Test Driving The Penella Saxophone

Test Driving The Penella Saxophone

I first heard about Penella saxophones by reading a few comments about them on SaxOnTheWeb.net. After I finished reading the comments, I wanted to find out more information and ended up going to their Facebook page to do some more research. On the Facebook page, I was able to find a few videos of musicians […]

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A Simple, Yet Bold New Approach To Saxophone Ligatures

A Simple, Yet Bold New Approach To Saxophone Ligatures

While at the 2014 NAMM show, I ran into mouthpiece maker Ted Klum and professional saxophonist Eddie Rich, who were test playing different types of saxophones, reeds, and ligatures. While I was talking to both of them, I noticed that on all of their mouthpieces they were using a ligature that I had not seen […]

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Are Black Bamboo Reeds The Next Big Thing?

Are Black Bamboo Reeds The Next Big Thing?

I have reviewed Forestone’s filed and unfiled reeds, finding that each had its own sound characteristics. Recently, I was introduced to the Forestone Black Bamboo reed. I knew I needed to test-play this reed to find out how it differed from the filed and unfiled cuts. For those of you new to the brand, Forestone’s reeds […]

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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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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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