Sax on the Web Forum Archive / Alto Saxophone / bamboo sax

w.m. yu
User ID: 1139804
May 30th 5:52 AM
has anyone tried one?
is it good?
Mike
User ID: 1920144
May 31st 4:46 AM
Don't buy one of those straight ones. They only have one octave, the mp is not removable, and they only work with certain reeds. I haven't tried the curved ones yet though.
traveling saxman
User ID: 5748473
Jul 19th 8:31 AM
I travel in some remote parts of the world and find that I can play and keep my chops in good form when I use my Bamboo Sax. I have one of the straight ones and even though it is one octave you can play anything you can get out of a recorder but with a sax feel. For the $60.00 from Bamboo friends it was worth the purchase over two years ago. I have a Alto in the key of G that works well with #2 Tenor reed (vandoren).
soprano player
User ID: 8290473
Jul 19th 2:53 PM
The curve kind made of bamboo rings has 2 octaves and sound like Joe Lovano.
Mike
User ID: 1920144
Jul 25th 6:05 AM
Soprano player, is the curve kind easy to play?
w. m. yu
User ID: 1516194
Jul 25th 6:08 AM
i bought the curved one but the tone is not good.
it is very soft and quite hard to play louder. i add a little baffle on the mpc and the problem is sovled. it is very easy to play two octaves or even more.
Mike
User ID: 1920144
Jul 25th 7:21 AM
Where did you buy it from, and what styles of music would you recommend it for (bebop, fusion, old jazz, avant-guard...)?
w. m. yu
User ID: 1516194
Jul 25th 11:57 AM
i ordered it from their website directly.
what style of music would i recommend it for?
i will say folk songs. it is because the sax is always out of tune. the F# hole is too small to produce a sound. the fingering systems is inconvinient.
playing pop is also a good suggestion.
soprano player
User ID: 8290473
Jul 25th 11:27 PM
I tried playing jazz with the curve soprano with my trio. Mine was ok and easy to play, although some notes could be 10 to 15 cents flat. The sound is of course not as strong as a real saxophone but I like the woody, dark (a bit too dark) tone of it. It's not a serious sax for serious music but playing around with it is fun.
sayoung
User ID: 1864304
Jul 26th 8:08 AM
I've found a few sites on the internet selling bamboo saxes. Any recommendations of which are the best? Please include url, if available.

Thanks
soprano player
User ID: 8290473
Jul 26th 2:20 PM
I have both the straight and the curve one and I find that the curve one sounds the cloest to a real saxophone.
http://www.asiaplus.com/bamboosax/
w. m. yu
User ID: 1516194
Jul 28th 11:13 AM
i would like to try fluteman's bamboo sax because i can play it using my own mpc. but he is not taking any orders now.
WG
User ID: 0234554
Jul 30th 2:01 PM
Interesting website. I wonder if anyone has ever written/recorded using a bamboo sax quartet?