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  1. Misc. Saxophone Discussion
    As I have begun working in an instrument repair store, I have seen some pretty high-end instruments made specifically my instrument makers that only make that instrument (or work mostly with that instrument). These are things like Powell with flutes/pics, Loree oboes, Fox/Heckel Bassoons and...
  2. Advice on Buying or Selling a Saxophone
    Hey all- I just wanted to get the opinions of everyone on here that has played the Yamaha EX and Z series horns. I currently have a Yamaha YAS-875EXII alto that I love, but haven't gotten to compare it to a Z. I have the opportunity to buy a YTS-875EX at a FANTASTIC price, but was debating on...
  3. Sax vs. Sax, Mpc vs. Mpc, etc.
    Hello All, I am searching for a refacer in Wisconsin that I could send a cheap modern/new Otto link TE Alto sax MP to reface and customize for the sound I'm searching for. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  4. New Product & Dealer Announcements
    I thought I'd post some of my recent work here for you guys to see, with more at and . I make custom End Plugs out of all kinds of materials and custom fit to horn and case. Some of my favorite orders have been for Chris Potter (Tigerwood), Ed Calle (Tigerwood...
  5. Yamaha
    What are the differences between the two horns? Which has better intonation? BTW, I'm talking about the SECOND model of the 82z, the 82zII
  6. Baritone mpc
    I have a friend that needs a great mouthpiece for his Selmer Signet low A model baritone sax. He is currently playing a Rico Metalite 7. So I'm guessing a hard rubber high baffle piece would fit him very well. Does anybody have experience with RPC bari MPs? I play an RPC on my tenor and...
  7. Kessler Saxophones
    Hey SOTW time for a review! This is a review for the Kessler Custom tenor sax in antique finish $1049 (US dollars) First of all, the pictures: The packaging was great. The sax The sax again Abalone key touches! The case. The white stripes across are not merely decoration. They reflect light...
  8. Misc. Saxophone Manufacturers
    About a year ago I went to New York and listened to this amazing saxophone player who is all over Youtube: I really liked his playing and when I found out he made custom saxophones I really wanted to buy one. Now that I have the money I was thinking of...
  9. Sax vs. Sax, Mpc vs. Mpc, etc.
    I'm looking for a good tenor around $1,000… I know the best way to find out is to play them both but im not in a position to do that… What would everybody say the difference is in tone (dark, bright, spread, focused etc) between the two horns?
  10. Alto mpc
    A few weeks ago I decided to buy a Runyon Custom (not the jazz) with the spoiler, to replace my hand-customized yamaha 4c (I'm primarily a tenor player, and according to most of my teachers and peers I'm pretty good, not to be vain, so please don't take my alto setup as if I'm a noob)... I had...
  11. Yamaha
    I found a Yamaha Custom alto neck unlaquered, but has no specific model (G1, G3, etc), just says "Custom", so I guess it is a previous model. Anyone have information about this model? Is comparable with some of the newer ones? K.
  12. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Long story short- my alto is a Yamaha Custom 875, the older horn before they started the EX and Z's. Recently I had the key heights lowered upon recommendation of a very well respected classical saxophonist. I also started using key clamps. Since then, the horn plays horribly. It is very uneven...