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  1. Embouchure & Tone Producing Basics
    I'm a beginner. Many years ago I had a Jupiter alto but only took to it for a little while before moving on to a wind synth. Then, not quite two months ago, during this (four month isolated) pandemic I bought a TON of cheap saxes on Amazon. Two altos, two sopranos, and a tenor. They are all...
  2. Misc. Saxophone Discussion
    Well folks....I just bought a Taishan Soprano. Kinda by accident... :lol: It was a Silver Curvy, keep in mind, because different finishes vary drastically in price. It was on for $459 I offered $360 He counter offered $455 I offered $370 He counter offered $448 I offered $390 HE ACCEPTED...
  3. Advice on Buying or Selling a Saxophone
    When I first wanted to learn tenor saxophone my parents got me one for Christmas (big mistake), they bought me some cheap Chinese no-brand tenor from Overstock. It never worked because it was out of adjustment and some pads wouldn't seal because keys were bent wrong. I'm just curious, I still...
  4. Advice on Buying or Selling a Saxophone
    I am a saxophonist surrounded by a daunting world of old timers or new players who love their Jupiters, their Yamahas and Yanagisawas, their Selmers and expensive brands. To me with my Chinese low range Gear4Music alto, it seems like a lot of people think that you can only buy the best. I have...
  5. Misc. Saxophone Manufacturers
    I recently picked up an obvious early Chinese or Taiwanese tenor sax in Sydney for $60. Swallow "Super" model with a serial under the thumbrest "No.1170" I've been looking for a 'project horn' to be my guinea pig for delacquering/patina experiments and repadding/corking for a while and this...
  6. General Discussion
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Vintage-SML-stencil-Alto-Sax-parts-horn-near-mint-condition-look-/140970491852 - The LH pinky table has that yucky cloned Heimer/Parker poor facsimilie look to it also it has no switchable Articulated G# lever or any provision for one. - The bell keyguard is one-piece...
  7. Bb Soprano
    Hi there, I have a Vintage Wurlizer 1920s curved soprano saxophone: [url]http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0090009/photos/[email protected]/ I played with a few newer design ones and found out for my beginner condition, they are more suitable by means of ergonimy and ease of play for the higher / lower...
  8. Advice on Buying or Selling a Saxophone
    I am considering buying a bari mostly for doubling (big bands, horn section etc). I spotted this on ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/140783828339?_trksid=p5197.c0.m619 Can anyone give me any advice as to whether this is a good buy? Is it a fair price? I live in the UK so I would have to have it...
  9. Misc. Instruments and Voice
    Our community band is in need of a set of timpani, and of course, our budget is quite limited; we can't really afford $10,000 for a set of new timpani. One of our committee asked if we could look at Chinese options. Does anyone have experience of Chinese timpani? Are there any worth looking...
  10. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    has anyone worked on these Chinese horns and have an opinion on keywork or repairability? they are so cheap it seems worth a look. also, as i stated on another thread, in the 70's everything Japanese was considered junk. now, yani and yamaha have great reps. im wondering if this attitude is...
  11. Necks
    Let me start by saying that I know there are other threads on this site which discuss the sizes of Baritone neck Tenons. The problem with those threads is that the information they contain is often very generic, a bit vague and sometimes just plain wrong. What I am hoping to get from this...
  12. What to Buy & Why: Saxophones
    Hi everyone, I´m a beginner, and planning to buy a low cost Sax. I found one with the brand "Mercury" I think it´s Chinnese, It looks pretty good, but I would like to know your opinion weather its a good or bad idea? Or at least, please recommend me what I have to look and test in the Sax so...
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