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  1. Bb Tenor
    Recently I bought what at first I thought to be the holy grail of reeds... It was a box of (5) Vandoren Java Red 2.5s, and first thing I did was test the box to see which ones were good and which ones were not etc... To my shock it seemed the entire box played good...like not one reed did I...
  2. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Hi, After a brief pause of a month or two, I picked up my soprano sax again and encountered a problem I don't remember experiencing before (but don't take my word for it). When playing any note below and including low G, as I try to go down in volume, there is a threshold below which the reed...
  3. Altissimo and Multiphonics
    I play a Reference 54 with a Vandoren V16 piece, Java 2.5 reeds, and an Optimum. I literally can't even get up to altissimo "G". Is there a problem with the setup that would cause this? Or is it just technique issue? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
  4. Tips and Techniques
    I know there is a whole thread about squeaking but I didn't find there what I wanted. So, about four months ago I switched from Yamaha 4C mouthpiece to Berg Larsen 110 2 SMS. I thought it will be difficult but finally it was quite okay. That time I had - I think - 1,5 Vandoren V16 reed (I'm not...
  5. Bb Soprano
    I exaggerate a little, but for me it's true. As many I had trouble with intonation on soprano, thin highs, easily fatigued, lip tired out fast etc. Now my secret is: Even though I play the tenor 80% of the time in the group and the sop 20% - I have to practice the soprano 80% of the time and...
  6. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Hi guys, I'd like to think I'm a (reasonably) seasoned player, but I'm having some big issues with tuning since my trumpet buddy has bought a new horn and as you can imagine it's driving me absolutely mad. I play most of the time in a section with said trumpeter, and 'till now we've been ok...
  7. Alto mpc
    Hi, just wondering if there are some instances of this happening to anyone else. I ordered a Lebayle piece back in mid July through his website. I didn't get any more information about the order for about a month and a half and that was to inform me that he had been sick and therefore unable to...
  8. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hey, everyone! This is my first post on SOTW, but I've been reading the discussions for a long time. Hopefully this gets seen by some people—I could really use the help! Thanks in advance for having me. My name's Justin, and I'm an incoming freshman in college majoring in saxophone...
  9. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hello, I have a tenor sax that I bought second hand. It's a cannonball and quite a nice model. I've been playing for two and a half years and have never had a problem but a couple days ago I couldn't play anything except a low D. My middle C, A and B squeal uncontrollably. I've checked all the...
  10. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hi, I'm having a problem with a Yamaha YAS-23 sax that we just bought. There's a valve in the middle of the sax that stays closed and then lifts when the G#/Ab pinkie key is pressed. Problem is that it doesn't lift. It's not sticking, it just won't lift. I've searched everywhere on the...
  11. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hi everyone, Just bought a new Reference 54 alto and it plays awesomely in every way, EXCEPT for the 3 palm keys. They are really hard to get! Altissimo is easy and smooth, mid range is easy, low notes are full and doesn't gurgle at all. Its just those 3 notes that are problematic. It is hard...
  12. Tips and Techniques
    Howdy, Hi, my name's Dave, and I have a biting problem. Despite all best intentions, I seem to end up with reeds that curve down pretty quickly after playing them from new from which they only partially recover when kept in a reed holder. When curved down, it makes the opening smaller and...
  13. Eb Alto
    Recently i have been having a increasingly frustrating problem with my alto. I'll set it up and start playing, my saxophone will perform fantastic. Then everything goes downhill. My saxophone will refuse to play any note lower than a B( the on right in the middle of the scale) and the reed...
  14. Tenor mpc
    i just got Guardala King and Guardala Super King tenor mouthpieces from WWBW to try out. i'm LOVING the biting, easily over-driven tone of the King, but the lower register (low E and below) does not blow well at all when trying to blow softer. it seems that this mpc only likes to be played...
  15. Eb Baritone
    I bought a 1957 12m a couple weeks back and I LOVE this horn. It's just..great. Anyway, I'v noticed when I get to A2 (above the staff) the sound gets very airy and kind of nasty. This is consistent from A2 up to C3. I noticed that if I press the octave on the neck down, it easily brings the...
  16. Selmer (Paris)
    I just bought this Mark VI 193*** a few days ago for 4G and I go away for a couple weeks specifically for Saxophone Buisness tomorrow. I've been told to watch out for Mark VI's between 170 and 200 because some were hit and miss and this is definitely a hit. The guy who sold it to me took it was...
  17. Forum Problem Reports and Questions
    Some 16 hours ago the SOTW Forum went down caused by database problems. The forum data was restored and damaged tables repaired. Shortly after that the same happened again. That conviced us and the service provider that there was a hardware problem. As result all RAM chips in database server...
  18. Alto mpc
    Okay, so I'm not entirely sure where this should go, so feel free to move it to the relevant area! I bought a Meyer Metal 7J mouthpiece about 6 months ago for me alto and I've been getting on with it pretty well. I know Meyer Metal's aren't all that common but after go through quite a number of...
  19. Clarinet
    Hi guys, i play the Bb clarinet but have taken a mates Bass for a performance at school. She has been having some troubles with the register key on it. The very top key has a pin on it and im guessing it is meant to fit somwhere but im not sure where, it is just sticking out at a 45degree...
  20. Yamaha
    Hitherto I have always understood Yamaha's service support to be second to none. However I have just had an experience that has left me cross and frustrated. A while back I bought an older yamaha alto locally in need of work, when I tried to source the parts locally in Australia I was...
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