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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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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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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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Chad-Lefkowitz-Brown

Sax Star Chad Lefkowitz-Brown Shares Some Great Musical Advice – and a Cool Arpeggio Exercise

Official Bio Chad grew up in Horseheads, a small town in up state New York. His father was a music teacher whose love for jazz naturally flowed into the heart of his young son. With his father as a mentor, Chad had his first saxophone lesson when he was nine years old and so began […]

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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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