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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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Under the Microscope: Lupifaro Saxophones and Reeds

Under the Microscope: Lupifaro Saxophones and Reeds

Introduction I had never heard of the Lupifaro line of saxophones until I attended the 2013 NAMM show and ran into a gentleman by the name of Tatsuro Miyatake. Tatsuro gave me a sample pack of Lupifaro Classic strength 3 tenor reeds to test out. Once I returned home from the NAMM show, I tested […]

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Rovner Platinum Ligature

Putting Rovner Next Generation Ligatures to the Test and Picking Winners

Since playing in concert band and jazz band throughout middle school, high school, and college, I have always seen many musicians using Rovner ligatures on both saxophone and clarinet. In one of my first reviews, I reviewed a group of ligatures which included the Rovner Eddie Daniels Edition ligature (which I currently use on alto). […]

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Can Walt Weiskopf Teach Us the Ultra-Hip Sound of the Diminished Scale? (Exercise and Etude Included)

Can Walt Weiskopf Teach Us the Ultra-Hip Sound of the Diminished Scale? (Exercise and Etude Included)

I recently received Walt Weiskopf’s latest book, Understanding the Diminished Scale. I learned my C, C#, and D diminished scales in the past (between those three you have the notes for all twelve diminished scales, the book can explain further), but I never knew how to apply the scale effectively in my improvisation work. I have […]

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