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I know I've heard millions of different tales. What is THE best ALL-AROUND jazz saxophone.
 

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that's not what I meant.

I meant like A Mark VI or something else.
 

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What a ridiculous question.

Ask that question to say Dave Liebman (who plays a Keilwerth), Phil Woods (Yamaha), Joe Lovano (Borgani), Vincent Herring (Yanagisawa), Seamus Blake (Selmer), among others.

If there was a best jazz saxophone all the greats would be playing it, no?
 

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You can't be serious!? Look through this forum and you'll see a wide variety of horns used for all sorts of music. The horn you use is personal, just like the mouthpiece and reed and so forth. So the answer is there isn't an objective best all around horn---which I suppose is what you're looking for, though it's hard to tell from your post---what you'll get is a list of everybody's favorite horn...........daryl
 

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I can't believe no one else is answering your question. For you, a 1920's J.W. York Alto is the best jazz saxophone.
 

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Oh, wait, wait. Wrong answer. A Yamaha Custom 875 alto is the best jazz saxophone. Wanna buy one? :D
 

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A little good-hearted jesting, a little outright insulting. Real nice.

Dylan, there is no "best" jazz saxophone. Please take some time to read some of the threads about "best saxophones", etc. and you'll see that there are a great variety of tastes. If you are serious about playing jazz sax and want to buy one, then give us more information about yourself so you can get some specific answers. But whatever advice you would be getting, I can guarantee you it's already here in any number of threads so I encourage you to do some Forum surfing.

Bottom line - there is no "best" sax for jazz.
 

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The best way to go for Jazz is Classical. Espicially old school Jazz like Duke Ellington. Very nice for Jazz, newer stuff can't compete.
What kind of horn are you playing on? Anything is acceptable for Jazz, its mosty the player.
Sorry we usually let Gary have fun. Sorry Gary ;)
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To my mind, a saxophone is a saxophone.

Unlike guitars for example where the manufacturer targets
an instrument for a specific genre.

But even here, I have seen great jazz guitar played on a 'strat'.

So really to answer your question, it is the player combined with his
choice of reeds/mouthpieces etc, that makes for a 'jazz' sax.

What you need is a good quality horn that has a good key action.
Check the other threads to get an idea of what constitutes a good
sax. There are many choices.

The rest is down to the player.
 

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There is no such thing as a jazz saxophone. Jazz is a style of music. And if you really want to stir up a nest of hornets, just ask for a definition of jazz music! So the real question you are asking is what is the best saxophone? And that question can't really be answered either. You can point to the most popular horn of all time, based on how many pros played them, and you'd come up with the MK VI. But there is all sorts of speculation as to why so many played a MK VI. Then you can find plenty of players who choose another brand for one reason or another. It's pretty subjective overall.
 

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- the one that suits you best.
- the one you're playing best on.
- the one that allows you to get the most out of it.
- the one that fits best on your mouthpiece.

Talking about mouthpieces, now what's the best jazz mouthpiece ever? Ever thought of that? :D
 

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The most important thing is the quality of the brass, since everyone agrees that the sax's material has a dramatic impact on the sound. Try to find a French sax made from brass from leftover American WWII artillery shell casings..... hard to find, but well worth it, trust me on this one.............
 

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martysax said:
The one in the hands of a real player.
Well there's the real answer!

And no, alsdiego, you got it wrong. You want pre-war brass, with silver-plating for added brilliance, gold wash bell to add warmth, parabolic bore, prestini pads, with snaps, and it is extremely necessary that the horn has aged at least 50 years, like a fine bottle of wine! But, most important of all, be sure to get the right serial number range....and it won't play jazz unless it has a large bell.
 
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