Good point! I got myself a modified Runyon mouthpiece that was recommended off an article by Helen of Bassic Sax, one done by Paul Coats. Also got myself a bass reed and plenty of baritone reeds (that I already had since I own one and also primarily play baritone). I plan on getting another MPC off of Brian Landrus at some point when they become available.Yep, that's a short wrap bass. I'd bet that it's from the same factory as all the other short wrap Chinese basses.
Assuming it reaches you in good order (because even with good packaging a few things could go out of adjustment) give yourself more than a week before you make any final judgements. Even as an experienced baritone player it took me several months to really come to grips with the bassax. You should also plan on a certain amount of mouthpiece hunting. In the end I settled on a Selmer S-80 for richness of tone and (relative) ease of control.
I am sure it will be fun! And yeah it better fit into my car otherwise I'm never getting a tech to look at it. Harness wise I do have a few options already here I'll try out later. The second hook for sure isn't necessary, there is just something in my brain making me think it's a good safety mechanism just in case 😂I think you are going to have a lot of fun with it. I played an International Woodwinds bass sax at Sam Ash in NYC about 2 years ago and it was a very impressive instrument in the way it played overall. I was on a business trip so I did not have any MPC with me and had to content myself with the one they had and which was the $20,- version of a mouthpiece but even with that, it was fun to play.
On the negative side was the weight compared to my Conn (long wrap) bass but on the positive side were the modern ergos. Plus, a short wrap bass fits into a normal car on the back seat, which the long wrap doesn't unless you wedge it in diagonally.
As to bass vs. bari, there is no comparison really a bass sax just fills the room with sound, no matter whether you play soft or hard.
One thing about those bass horns, though, you need to play them on a regular basis, just for maintaining your arm strength, otherwise you'll end up with cramps after 15 min of playing.
Your harness idea ... I'd rather go with something high quality, two hooks will not necessarily be better than one because one of them will always have slack. As always, maintenance and attention to wear will be a better and healthier choice.
Just get a good harness. I've played 4 hour bass sax gigs and 30some lbs aren't really that bad if you carry them on your shoulders instead of having them dangle from your neck. As long as your forearms don't give out you're going to be fine.It's a shame about the leaks, but hopefully they're easily fixed. I can't spot any in my Tenor or Soprano, but then I don't have a dedicated leak light.
I'm assuming that rather than using a neck strap, you'll be hooking it on to something like this when you play?
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