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Using One of the World's Best Reed Tools to Make Your Sound Awesome

Using One of the World’s Best Reed Tools to Make Your Sound Awesome

Introduction I have seen more and more players using the ReedGeek to work on reeds that are not performing to their standards. Before the ReedGeek, I used to use various grits of sandpaper to work on my reeds which sometimes worked but other times I ended up destroying the reed or sanding the reed down […]

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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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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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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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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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Marmaduke Saxophone Mouthpieces

Can the Marmaduke Line of Mouthpieces Replace the Classics? Plus, Lupifaro Reeds.

While at the 2013 NAMM show, I ran into a gentleman by the name of Alex Miyatake. I met Alex at the R.S. Berkley booth while trying out various Virtuoso tenor saxophones. Alex told me to try out his Marmaduke line of mouthpieces. I have heard and seen these mouthpieces on Sax.co.uk and have seen […]

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Sonny Rollins

The Path to Your Biggest Saxophone Sound Ever

If you’ve ever studied sound engineering, one of the first thing you learn is about signal flow. You see, in a recording studio you’ve got gobs of equipment that the sound passes through before making it to it’s final destination, which, in the “old days” was a tape machine, and these days, is a hard […]

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Alexander Reeds Reviewed

Reviewed: Alexander Alto and Tenor Saxophone Reeds

One of the biggest issues that saxophonists must deal with is the challenge of finding a good reed. We all know what it’s like to buy a box of reeds and come across some reeds that are either too hard, too soft, mis-cut, warped, or chipped. Although there is not a reed manufacturer today who […]

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