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  1. YouTube videos
    Hey everyone, back with another video! This is part of my "Real Talk Real Tips" series where I give legitimate advice. In this video I talk about the things it takes to be a professional OUTSIDE of playing the music. I only discussed a few topics, but I think they are very important to those...
  2. Sax vs. Sax, Mpc vs. Mpc, etc.
    I'm a firm believer in the player makes the saxophone (see below). I currently have a fully functional YTS 23 that plays brilliantly. The makeup of the horn is a bit blocky, the action isn't the greatest and the clickiness of the keys are too audible when I am trying to play softly. I've been...
  3. Advice on Buying or Selling a Saxophone
    I'm looking to buy a professional level soprano sax, for classical and jazz playing at music college and beyond, and wondered if anyone could give me some advice? I'm currently looking at these models... Yanigasawa SWO20 (Bronze) Yanigasawa S991 Selmer SA80 Series II Selmer Series III Playing...
  4. Eb Alto
    I have a Yamaha 480 alto. My objective was to get a relatively cheap but almost new to avoid the hassle, good build with good standards (computerized hole cut, and part dimensions, etc. which means being in tune, and with a decent action and ergonomic aspects). It's Chinese made which I don't...
  5. Altissimo and Multiphonics
    The saxophone is pretty much now a 3 octave instrument. Altissimo itself is not difficult to achieve but I am having trouble getting those high notes to blend (in a classical sense) and sound like lower notes below the palm keys. The Ibert has some crazy altissimo in it and none of it is...
  6. High School and College
    As I begin to finish out my Junior year of High School I have been reflecting on how I am as a player. I want to major in music education and get my masters in music performance. Since most college auditions start towards the end of the year and thats when my auditions will be coming up I have...
  7. Yamaha
    I currently play on a Custom EX (Series I) but when I purchased it I did not have many options to try out. If I remember correctly I tried out a Yamaha Custom Z (Series II), a Yamaha 62 (Series III), and a Yamaha 475 along with my EX of course. I wasn't impressed with the custom Z I thought that...
  8. New Product & Dealer Announcements
    This is a manufacturer's Demo Model. It has never been sold and is not a used item. Image is stock. It may have a minor cosmetic flaw to the finish such as a hazy spot or slight discoloration of the plating. These flaws are limited to one or two spots per instrument. They are almost...
  9. Misc. Saxophone Manufacturers
    I was hoping someone here might be able to shed some light on the Allora Paris series tenor saxophones. I have been playing my school borrowed Yamaha YTS-52 for 8 years and love it. I have done it all with the 52. (concert, jazz, solos, theater, marching band) Now that I'm graduating, I want a...
  10. Ida Maria GRASSI
    Sorry for cross posting. Just I thought a new thread would draw the attention since I need to decide about this quickly. There are two options for me to buy: Ida Maria Grassi Tenor Professional from 1981 vs. Professional 2000 made in mid 80s. The Professional looks like new. Professional 2000...
  11. Cannonball
    Hey people, I just wanted to thank you all for all the support you have given me. Yesterday I just got my awesome new tenor! It's a Cannonball Big Bell Stone Series "Brute." For all the people who are looking to buy a saxophone, it is Perfect!!!!! So here's a (non-professional) review of this...
  12. Advice on Buying or Selling a Saxophone
    I have decided on four brands: Yamaha Selmer Lien Yang T.K. Melody Please tell me which ones I should look into more Budget<$3,200 Also what's more preferable Brand New: YTS-62II YTS-82Z YTS-875EX Used: Selmer Model III Barely any...
  13. Advice on Buying or Selling a Saxophone
    This is my first thread/post so just to introduce myself I am a student who has played sax for quite a while. I plan to buy a professional quality horn (preferably yamaha). My budget is ~$3,000- $3,350. I have a couple models in mind: the 62 II, and the custom z. I have read from a professional...
  14. Practicing
    I'm going to be doing my final run-through's of my all-state jazz audition (etudes, chromatic scale, 2-5-1's, Bb or F 12 bar blues) on Thursday over Skype because the audition is on Saturday, I'm not going to practice on Friday so I don't blow my chops, and I really need some constructive...
  15. What to Buy & Why: Saxophones
    I'm by no means a beginner, but I am in need of a professional saxophone. I'm a freshman in college, majoring in music and taking alto sax lessons for the first time (I've been playing alto for 8 years) on the vito alto I got in fifth grade. My teacher said that I needed to get a new one, and...
  16. Teaching
    Tonight I'll be performing on Late Night with Conan O'Brien with singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Trumpeter Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band) and I will be backing up Amos on a new song. As I shared with members of my video lesson website, learning this tune--and coming up with the horn...
  17. Bb Soprano
    I currently own an intermediate soprano sax and am looking for a pro model. I have a pretty good idea on what models I want to choose from, but I was just wondering. Are there any benefits to buying a soprano sax without a high G key? (intonation, etc) Or is it just to save money?
  18. Yamaha
    What is the difference between the Yamaha Pro models vs the Custom ones besides the price? Like why is there a YAS 62II, YAS 82Z, and YAS 875EX models? Does it mean that the EX model is the best one of the three or that its built better with better quality materials?
  19. What to Buy & Why: Saxophones
    I read the sticky plus a few pages of relevant topics, and I'm aware that posting to ask for advice on this sort of thing is no way to earn brownie points, but oh well. I'm stuck: my situation seems rather unique. The long story (You DON'T have to read all this, it's here just in case it...
  20. Flute & Piccolo
    There exist lines of professional quality budged-priced saxophones that present an exceptional value. Which new flutes meet these standards?
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