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  1. Reeds
    A few students recently popped up with the Riyin brand reed and quite frankly it scares me a little. It plays bright and sharp initially, but I don't know how long it will last or whether the quality is consistent. What makes me a little nervous is the black paint(?) on it. I don't see the...
  2. Pads and Resonators
    I bought a 143k (1967) Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone and paid for a full repad from a very well-respected repairman. After the repad the horn plays very well; the repairman says it plays as well as any Mark VI he has played. However the lower stack keys do not close fully with what I would...
  3. Misc. Saxophone Manufacturers
    After reading some of the reviews on the Taishan Bari's I thought I would look into how well Taishans are built. I had an opportunity to pick up a used soprano at a decent price and it arrived today. Pulled it out of it's case and the 'feel' is a little toy-ish......not sure how to really...
  4. 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...
  5. Bb Soprano
    I'm looking to buy a cheap but okay quality straight soprano sax. I can't go and buy a $3000 yani because I'm 14 and my parents are done spending money on instruments after I got a pro tenor. Ive been researching a lot and I've found that the Venus sopranos are good quality and sound great for...
  6. Yamaha
    Long story short...my student's mother told me their repairman recommended some expensive repairs. She asked me to play her son's lacquered 82Z tenor to see if the repairman's recommendation was legitimate. I played the horn. Not only did it not need repairs...but it felt and sounded a lot...
  7. Reeds
    It's great to see the major companies continue to innovate and push the envelope! I picked up a box of the filed Java Reds for alto, just, ya know, to check 'em out. Once I got thru the childproof packaging and could actually take a look at the reeds, I noticed that instead of the traditional...
  8. What to Buy & Why: Saxophones
    Hey sax-people, i'm new in the forum so sorry if there's a similar post to this, cause i haven't explored the whole site yet. I'm new in sax-world and i'm thinking of starting with an Alto Sax. So I'd be thankful if anyone experienced of you could suggest me a quality sax for beginner. Note...
  9. Reeds
    greetings all, I've been playing sax since 1979 and I have to say I have never had a more difficult time finding good reeds. In the past maybe I'd have to go thru 3 or 4 to find a good one, but presently I feel like I've gone thru 10-12 reeds w/o finding a good one. anyone know what's going...
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