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Baritone sax... wow, what a sound. But not for me! I just played *my* old tenor I had not touched in months, coming from a little alto, the keys seemed so far apart, and the sound and response was garbage! No air support, wasn't ready for it at all. And the tenor is perfectly set up, better than it was before when I was playing it just fine. So, the lesson I learned was, scratch that thought I had about trying a bari, that's a big no-no. :)

Good luck to all you crazy freak wailin' bari players with monster chops. I dig Pepper Adams and Gerry Mulligan.
 

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I justed started the bari, the big advantage for me is that the tenor feels so smaal and easy after playing the bari.....
 

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just started playing Bari too, having an hard time finding the right mouthpiece for my Vintage horn, . Have you bari players any intonation issues?
 

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milandro said:
just started playing Bari too, having an hard time finding the right mouthpiece for my Vintage horn, . Have you bari players any intonation issues?
I had sharpness problems all through the upper range when I picked up the bari again this year after not playing for over a decade. However, I've basically sorted all that out with proper air support and relaxing the embouchure. I'm using a Meyer NY USA 5 (.105" opening) on a Martin baritone with La Voz medium reeds, and I really love the sound.

Hey coolsax -- although everyone's different, many folks will tell you that they find alto more difficult than tenor or bari (I'm one of them!) For bari, you just gotta use that diaphragm and relax the embouchure -- spend a little quality time with it and you may pleasantly surprise yourself! ;)
 

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will do.....I have been told that beginning bari players will experience some intonation problems.....probably playing bari will help me with my other horns too....
I find playing alto by far the easiest but it has probably to do with having more experience with it...
 

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Probly the best thing you can do to get better intune is to play long tones with a tuner and get that sound of a correctly tuned note in your ear. it helped me alot
 

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coolsax2k7 said:
Baritone sax... wow, what a sound. But not for me! I just played *my* old tenor I had not touched in months, coming from a little alto, the keys seemed so far apart, and the sound and response was garbage! No air support, wasn't ready for it at all. And the tenor is perfectly set up, better than it was before when I was playing it just fine. So, the lesson I learned was, scratch that thought I had about trying a bari, that's a big no-no. :)

Good luck to all you crazy freak wailin' bari players with monster chops. I dig Pepper Adams and Gerry Mulligan.
Haha, I know the feeling. Back in middle school I'd played Bari and then moved schools and went back to Alto, first thing I thought when I held the Alto again was "Woah, this is like... tiny!" It took a while to get used to again, especially where playing quietly was concerned. After all, with the lung power I gained from working with Bari Sax... dang... Teacher kept telling me off for playing so loudly... I was playing the Alto louder than the 8 trumpets and 2 trombones together. Not to mention the Flute and Clarinet Section... Just about the only thing louder than me was drums.
 

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milandro said:
just started playing Bari too, having an hard time finding the right mouthpiece for my Vintage horn...
I missed out on a spare RPC on Ebay not too long ago, but if I got it, I'd probably put my old Woodwind Co. piece on the trading block. Then again, it took me years to find the right piece for my old Conn. If I knew then what I know now, I would have bit the bullet and ordered an RPC from the get go.

Anyhow, I always recommend that sax players try bari when they can get a hold of one. One of my father's friends lent me his when I was young and it helped me get a spot my first year in both high school and college jazz band before claiming either a first tenor or alto seat the next year. If making a group is important to you, it pays to be versatile.
 

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I missed out on a spare RPC on Ebay not too long ago, but if I got it, I'd probably put my old Woodwind Co. piece on the trading block. Then again, it took me years to find the right piece for my old Conn. If I knew then what I know now, I would have bit the bullet and ordered an RPC from the get go.

Anyhow, I always recommend that sax players try bari when they can get a hold of one. One of my father's friends lent me his when I was young and it helped me get a spot my first year in both high school and college jazz band before claiming either a first tenor or alto seat the next year. If making a group is important to you, it pays to be versatile.
You missed those too?
 

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Missed them completely. Forgot to bid. I would have only bid on the rollover though, as I'm not completely sure that even with its extended shank, the high baffle might play sharp on my old Conn. Those bari pieces come about so infrequently. Plus ordering them takes longer than the alto and tenor models as they're more work, according to Ron. I got my 120 second hand, and I'm pretty sure it was from this board. Got another order in for a fairly open tenor rollover model for that ultra-dark thing. Close to what you described above. Then all I need is a spare for bari and I'm set... I think... I hope... yup, set.
 

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hakukani said:
You missed those too?
Are you still waiting for yours?
 

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milandro said:
just started playing Bari too, having an hard time finding the right mouthpiece for my Vintage horn, . Have you bari players any intonation issues?
You will have those issues if you have the wrong mouthpiece. Some of the older baris really do need a larger chambered mouthpiece to play correctly. I used a RPC .105 for several years on my Buescher TrueTone and it absolutely sang.
 

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Personally I find that blaying bari for an hour and clarinet for an hour is almost like 4 hours on a tenor and six on an alto. ;) My only problem is that I dig the sound of the tenor so much. Even though if I play bari then the tenor sound doesn't seem as full as it was.

(I like the Jody Jazz ebonite 7 with the spoiler on my Martin Bari).
 

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Dr G said:
You will have those issues if you have the wrong mouthpiece. Some of the older baris really do need a larger chambered mouthpiece to play correctly. I used a RPC .105 for several years on my Buescher TrueTone and it absolutely sang.
RPC bari mouthpieces have long shanks as well; which helps on a sharp horn. One such mouthpiece ended my search for a modern match for my vintage Conn long ago.
 

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Haha, I know the feeling. Back in middle school I'd played Bari and then moved schools and went back to Alto, first thing I thought when I held the Alto again was "Woah, this is like... tiny!" It took a while to get used to again, especially where playing quietly was concerned. After all, with the lung power I gained from working with Bari Sax... dang... Teacher kept telling me off for playing so loudly... I was playing the Alto louder than the 8 trumpets and 2 trombones together. Not to mention the Flute and Clarinet Section... Just about the only thing louder than me was drums.

omg! This ^ is me! down to the letter! I played bari at my old school, and
at my new one, i play alto, and the band directors are constantly
telling me that i play loud. As a matter of fact, i practically covered up the
entire woodwind section in sectionals yesterday. :p
 
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