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  1. Electronic Equipment
    Im in the proces of finding my sound on my alto sax and are currenty using the TE Tuner app for pitch control/awareness, even though I know that in the long run its better to be able to rely on my ears rather than the eyes :) I have just entered the universe of Sigurd Rascher and his...
  2. Baritone mpc
    I'm probably about to pull the trigger on a Buescher Big B baritone. Unfortunately I'm buying online and haven't played it or any horn like it. I'm getting a little worried about the vintage bari "pickle barrel" mouthpiece intonation issues I've been reading about here, where old baris only play...
  3. Embouchure & Tone Producing Basics
    Hello, friends. I'm an intermediate alto player, but, since I have been "teaching myself" for so many years without having any real teacher to help me, I am afraid that I may have picked up some bad embouchure habits over the years, that I am now finally trying to correct. This is why I am...
  4. General Discussion
    My understanding of intonation comes from my guitars where I play an open string, then at the 12th fret of the same string. If they don't match, my intonation is off. If the 12th fret is higher, I have to move the bridge further away from the head. So, with that understanding, I have the...
  5. Yamaha
    I currently play a Yamaha 62II Alto, which I love. However, the G2 neck isn't cutting, it has a dent in it and also (due to tuning and intonation problems associated with it). I'm looking at getting a new neck. The V1 neck seems to be the best option. I am debating between the Silver Plated Neck...
  6. Clarinet
    I recently picked up a Centered-Tone era (50's) Selmer Bass Clarinet. It was obviously well cared for and, after a few minor adjustments, it feels and plays great. It also has great intonation. Throughout its range, most notes are within 5 cents of the average tuning and none is off by more...
  7. Conn
    I inherited my grandfather's 1944 Conn 10M (with the topless lady engraving). He played it professionally way back in the day, so it's always been well-maintained. I had it serviced and re-padded (roo pads) by the excellent technicians at Melk Music in Milwaukee, WI, but otherwise it's 100%...
  8. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hello, my dear friends. Brace yourselves for a really dumb question from an intermediate-level player. During the 17 years that I have been playing, I have used different mouthpieces and different reeds, and found that each mouthpiece had its own unique "sweet spot" on the neck cork, at which...
  9. Misc. Saxophone Discussion
    First of all, I know this happens to others, but not all so I don't feel we need to go there in the discussion. I just want to know why for some, but not for all Selmer saxes play sharp. OK here are the facts: I've owned 3 Selmers in my life time, a Modele 26, a Mark VI and a Mark VII. All...
  10. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Hello everyone, I have a Selmer USA AS600 (aristocrat) that I have been playing for give or take 9 years. However, the octave D is very sharp (+50 cents) which seems to be a general saxophone problem. Currently, I am embarking on more advanced saxophone study based on outlines from Tim Price and...
  11. Keilwerth/H-Couf
    Hi all, I have two Superba 1s - one alto and one tenor. While I am mostly really* happy with their sound - what I think of as "throaty" - I have a few difficulties. I'll say up front that I've played sax for about 25 years - I'm a decent player and I have pretty good pitch. Both horns seem to...
  12. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    My daughter, who doubles on alto and tenor, has trouble playing her alto in tune. The sax (a Selmer AS-100, I believe) is flat across the board. I don't play alto, so I can't play-test her sax and see what's up. She's using a Vandoren V16 A7 mouthpiece. Aside from a tighter embouchure, is there...
  13. Selmer (Paris)
    These last few weeks, I have been playing my Selmer Super Balanced Action alto, serial number 44***, a lot. I love its sound and ergonomics. My only concern, though is the fact that the middle D is very sharp, and the middle D# - F# to a lesser extent. I compared this to my trusted old Couesnon...
  14. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Warning to self: there will be a long stream of conflicting advice :) When I first started play scales, all of six months ago, I kept my eye on the tuner. I got that from a Nigel McGill video, by the way. When I got a teacher, he suggested I stop staring at the tuner while practicing scales as...
  15. Tenor mpc
    Metal Durga 3 (or high baffle mpc) tunning problem with Yamaha 82Z & Yanagisawa saxes Hi, I play a metal Durga 3 - 7* which I really love. I was playing a B&S Medusa which is a very decent horn. I went to a big Music Shop in Frankfurt and I was able to try the new tenor saxes from: Selmer...
  16. Misc. Saxophone Discussion
    I have been playing the alto saxophone for nearly 7 years my setup was a yas-23, meyer 6m, and vandoren java green 3 1/2. I found this setup to be kind of stuffy so after doing some research I switched to a vandoren jumbo java a55 and java green 2 1/2 reeds. Then I was able to upgrade to a...
  17. Bb Soprano
    Hello! I recently bought a Yanagisawa S900 (Soprano). I am too picky about intonation and the horn plays in tune throughout except when it comes to high register C#. When played as it should with the octave key depressed it sounds flat and needs adjusting with mouth. If i produce the high C#...
  18. Tips and Techniques
    I found this app that records your playing and places the tune on a spectrum that allows you to evaluate your tuning over the whole recording. It is an Android app called "Vocal Pitch Monitor". I have worked with a tuner but when I check my tuning note by note I tend to play to the tuner needle...
  19. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    My main horn is a 1932 Selmer Super Sax (Serial #17xxx). I struggle to play in tune and use a lot of alternate fingerings and embouchure adjustments, and even then I have trouble keeping in consistent tune across all registers. I had it repadded and adjusted (about a $300-400 job) a few...
  20. Eb Baritone
    I recently came into ownership of a Beuscher Aristocrat Series 1 from 1936 Bari for £1400 along with a Berg Larsen mouthpiece and a variety of reeds. I had tested the sax and all seemed well but now after a few weeks of playing I am having some problems, whenever I try to slur to a D,E or F or...
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