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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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Vandoren Saxophone Accessories

An Evaluation of Vandoren’s Hottest Products

Introduction Vandoren is a name that many saxophonists have come to swear by. I have tried many of Vandoren’s reeds and saxophone accessories for soprano, alto, and tenor. David Gould and Andy Blanco over at DANSR were nice enough to send me some of their most popular Vandoren products. I am going to be reviewing […]

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NAMM 2013

Saxophone and Mouthpiece Highlights Plus Exclusive Interviews from NAMM 2013

For those of you who’ve never heard of it, the NAMM (which stands for “National Association of Music Merchants”) show is a ginormous convention held each year in Anaheim, California. It’s a true play land (bad pun intended) for musicians in every genre, as musical instrument and equipment manufacturers are set up in booths containing […]

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Lebayle Jazz soprano

Reviewed: A Collection of Alto, Tenor, and Soprano Mouthpieces by Lebayle

There are more and more professional level mouthpieces coming out on the market today. This makes it more and more difficult (for me, at least) to try every new mouthpiece on the market and see how it works with one’s setup. A few weeks ago, I was sent a couple of Fred Lebayle’s mouthpieces to […]

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A Comparison of Three Popular Saxophone Cases

A Comparison of Three Popular Saxophone Cases

Over the years, I have purchased student, intermediate, and professional alto and tenor saxophones. When I purchased a student or professional saxophone, I assumed that the saxophone case that came with the horn would be sufficient to protect it, but such is not always the case. In my experience as both a player and a […]

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RS Berkeley

RS Berkeley Head Honcho Talks Bird, Brecker, Buying a Horn, and More

From time to time, I like to feature a company that’s doing something particularly interesting for us saxfolk. In this interview with RS Berkeley founder Les Silver, we take an in-depth look at not only the company’s history and latest products, but also into the subject of working with, and carrying on the legacies of some of […]

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Selmer Saxophone Overview

Selmer Saxophone Overview

Selmer’s Reputation Speaks for Itself Ask any saxophone player, and they’ll tell you that Selmer saxophones are the standard by which all other saxophones are measured. Selmer saxophones are world renowned for their quality both in manufacture and in musical tone. Not only is a Selmer saxophone the clear choice of most professionals, but it […]

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Yamaha Saxophone

Yamaha Saxophone Overview

Yamaha has a reputation as the “new kid on the block” compared to old standards like Selmer and Conn. Nevertheless, the Yamaha saxophone’s keywork and intonation are considered top-of-the-line, and it’s known for producing bright, clear sound at any level. In particular, the quality of the craftsmanship – how the saxophone feels in your hands, […]

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