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  1. Manufacturing/ Construction
    Hi! After a 15-year hiatus, I'm getting back to an old experiment, just for sh*ts & giggles: A PVC soprano sax. Keyed. Already succeeded once with a clarinet during my poor man's college days, not having an instrument to copy at the time, so the design was purely theoretical, even the working...
  2. Multi Sax!
    I am placing this story in case anyone else is considering a similar action. I have two locations. In Buenos Aires the walls are thick and the downtown noise drowns out my practicing, so I can do my thing until about 11:00 at night. But in Orange County California, the walls are thin and the...
  3. Soprano, Bass and Misc. mpc
    Hey guys, I was hoping I could get some advice regarding whether the metal link or yanagisawa is more suited to the soprano sax. I currently use a 7* NY NSTM link on my Yani T992, which I personally love and seems to work well with my more mellow tone, and had considered getting something...
  4. 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...
  5. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    I have had bad luck with the last 2 vintage sopranos I tried to buy, a Conn and a Martin. By some amazing streak of bad luck, both had been "circumcised" to fit a particular mouthpiece, about 1/4" cut off the tip with a pipe cutter. The first was a 1928 Conn and the mod was verified by my tech...
  6. Bb Soprano
    I was honored to be interview by fellow soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome. https://sopranosaxtalk.blogspot.com/2017/09/an-interview-with-soprano-saxophonist.html Also, I have a new record on Leo Records with bassist Blue Armstrong called "Breathe If You Can". Here is a sample track from the...
  7. Tips and Techniques
    Hello! I Was listening to a Recording of Buddy Rich and his band playing birdland. During Steve Marcus soprano solo he plays an altissmo note and makes it come out screaming! Here is the video https://youtu.be/pcEKAWZ1Nbk and the timestamp is 3:41. Whenever I play in the altissimo register the...
  8. Multi Sax!
    Hi, I've been an alto sax player my whole saxophone playing "career" (6 years hahah) In Big Band, I've recently been given a soprano to play in one song/chart. I've played it a few times and it just sounds HORRIBLE... It's a YSS-475 II, an intermediate model. It sounds exactly like a oboe, and I...
  9. 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...
  10. YouTube videos
    Dear Saxophonists, It's been 5 years before I decided to finally upload my first YouTube song (non-originally composed), in the midst of the many tumultuous global and personal events that are happening right now. I played on a curved Yani-made stencil soprano, using a Beechler metal 7 and...
  11. Bb Soprano
    Hello everyone, I need some help in my mission to get a soprano sax. I know the thread below is the same problem, but I only have half as much money as that guy. I don't know if it can be done, but I'd like to get a soprano for around $1000. I read somewhere that Antigua's are good, but after...
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