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[EDIT 30/10/2020 note that use of emoji such as finger (the bird) against any member applies under this rule.]

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Treat your fellow forum members with respect. Follow the golden rule. Your failure to do so could lead to your posting privileges being removed.


There are MANY different message areas here. Please try to find the one that is most suitable to your topic.

Cross posting to several areas is not allowed, because that will fragment the follow-up comments and dialog. If you feel that your post needs to be in several different areas, PM a Site Mod or Administrator and tell him the Topic Name of both areas you want your thread in and then wait for him to determine if your thread should be posted in multiple areas.

Editing of posts should only be carried to to correct typos or to clarify a point. You may not edit posts to remove your post history. It is especially bad to edit the contents of the first post in a thread which results in making a complete nonsense of the thread. This includes text, linked images and video media.

Bumping of threads in any area of the forum is not allowed. There an element of instant gratification that seems to come with posting to a popular forum such as ours but it is sometimes necessary to wait for a reply.

Do not use CAPITALS or special characters (e.g. ^^^^^*** !!!----) in the thread title to draw attention to your own thread.

If you cannot find an area suitable to post in, please post in the “Misc. Saxophone Discussion” area AND post a request for a new area in the “Topic Requests” area.


The French-language-only forum is the only category where non-English posts will be allowed. Because the SOTW staff is composed of English speakers, and thus can't screen posts in languages they don't speak.

If, however, you are a native speaker of a non-English language (or highly trained in a non-English language) AND you wish to moderate a non-English area, put a request in the "Topic Requests" area or contact one of the Admins or Mods.


Please keep this in mind: There has been a considerable backlash against the use of "l33tspeak" or "netspeak" on this Forum. An example of "l33tspeak":
.... i was wunderin if any1 new how i cud stop ...
While we're as hip as the next forum and we're, of course, kewl 'n' stuff, please keep in mind that this is a GLOBAL Forum and "l33tspeak" is almost
impossible for non-net-addicts to understand and regional slang is almost impossible for anyone outside the area where you live to understand.

We try to present this Forum as an exchange of information among peers AND from beginner to advanced professional and back again.

A rule of thumb: if you could walk up to and ask him a question, would you use "l33tspeak" or would you pick your words carefully and to try to sound as educated and as professional as possible? Keep in mind that some of those "greats" do post here!

Along the same vein, please try to keep spelling and grammatical errors to a minimum. As mentioned before, this is a global Forum. If someone with a passing knowledge of the English language comes here, copies your misspelled, ungrammatical post and runs it through a translator, like the one available through Google, it'll come out as gibberish.

If you have a difficult time getting your grammar or spelling correct, you could use ieSpell - ieSpell is a completely FREE spell checker which can be downloaded from: ieSpell - Spell Checker add-on for Internet Explorer

Click here for more info on how to use ieSpell.

Or, if you don't want to use ieSpell you can type your post in Microsoft Word or a similar product, and then copy and paste what you typed into the SOTW post editor.


Do not post any discussion regarding politics or religion. If you see any such posts, please report, do not reply to them.

This applies not only to posts you make but articles, videos, or other media you might link to. Such articles or media must not contain any material that could be construed as being of a political or religious nature. This includes news, commentary and images/videos of political or religious persons.

Anyone breaching this rule will receive a 5 point infraction on their record. Second offenses will be given an additional 5 point infraction resulting in a one month suspension of posting and membership priveleges. Three strikes, and you are out for good.

This issue is not only disruptive to the main theme of this forum board, it is also proving to be a nightmare for the staff to handle.

It should be obvious that SOTW is devoted to the discussion of Saxophones, and we intend to keep it that way. There are plenty of sites prepared and willing to handle the topics of politics and religion for those so inclined.

It also shows a contempt for the staff, and the forum by those who just can't, or won't, get the point.

Please refrain from this activity, or risk losing your posting privileges and membership.


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Play nice and enjoy the fraternity.

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[EDIT 24 Dec 2020 - We have updated the classified/vendor rules. This is due to member feedback and technical reasons based on the new platform limitations/capabilities and the Verticalscope terms regarding Vendors. Changes are temporarily shown in purple text with deletions shown with strikethrough.

As always with rules changes, this can be a work in progress as experience may unearth some anomalies or teething issues around clarity of text so please check when maiking posts, at least until the changes marked in purple are indicated as permanent) ]

Classifieds & Vendor Rules

NB: All rules apply to both sections

Summary (see further down for emoew info and explanations)

  • You must have 50 posts and 6 months membership
  • Provide prefix, price, description and location
  • No bumping (except as indicated*, see below for details and definitions)
  • Trade items must also include a value
  • Ebay items must have ebay in title. No bidding on the forum
  • After 2 months items can be relisted, or bumped once* (we are trialling this)
  • 1 item per. Multiple item listings may not be bumped by posting when an item is sold. As with other listings, edit the original listing to removed the sold items.
  • SOTW will not arbitrate transactions and disputes
  • No debating of asking price or item quality. All replies must be relevant questions.
  • Classifieds section is for private, limited sales and not commercial sales.
Additional Verticalscope vendor rules are here, but please note all of the above SOTW rules also apply to Vendors as indicated in the vendor rules.

More Information and explanation:

1. Classifieds eligibility

To view and participate in the classifieds section you need 6 months membership AND 50 posts relevant to saxophone or some aspect of music making. This does not include very short, irrelevant or "+1" type posts that are merely added to increase post count.

Those who try to solicit or encourage using the forum's PMing feature or post ads outside of the Classifieds section in order to avoid this restriction will have their offending posts deleted, and an infraction up to and including a full ban issued.

  • If you do not yet have classifieds privileges, you may ask general advice about buying a saxophone, but you may not ask either directly, or by implication, if anyone can sell you one. Nor may you mention you are selling one.
  • Members who respond in such threads, or via PM, offering an instrument for sale or about to be for sale or are in breach of this rule.

2. When posting for sale items, you MUST provide the following information:
  • Thread prefix (For sale, Trade etc.)
  • Item name make, model (especially specify alto, tenor, etc.) and description
  • Asking price and location

Do not post email addresses on the forum. Communication should be via Conversation (PM)

Do not use CAPITALS or special characters (e.g. ^^^^^*** !!!----) in the thread title to draw attention to your own thread.

3. There is no bumping allowed (except to relist after 2 months)

However the OP CAN reduce the price (at least 2%) or reply to bona fide questions about the item and add pertinent supplemental info/photos etc. This does not include extra information that merely says how wonderful the item is.

Bumping includes:
  • Still for sale, Sale pending
  • +1, Thanks etc.
  • Adding a new FS item to the thread.
Please do not reply with a post to say SOLD. You should now instead edit the thread title (three vertical dots at very top right of thread) and change the prefix from FS to SOLD. Replying in a post to say sold can bump above more relevant still for sale ads. This also includes listings with multiple items

Bumping your listing could result in a thread closure or a temporary ban

4. Items for Trade

• One must still specify a price value for items for trade.
• Also specify “For Trade” or “FS/FT” prefix as appropriate in the ad's title.

5. Ebay Auctions

Ebay auction may be listed in the classifieds section as long as:

“Auction” or “Ebay” is specified in the thread's title and provides only a link to the auction. No bidding allowed in the forum and contact and transaction with the seller via Ebay only.

This does not cover ads on other non-auction platforms such as Reverb, Facebook. You should not post with merely a link to 3rd party ads instead of making a SOTW listing under the rules above.

6. Relisting Items

After 2 months if your item(s) still has not sold you may (besides revising your price, shipping cost, description and other relevant details) ask us the permission to submit a new ad.

To do so, you should report the ad (via the three dots at top right of post) and request deletion prior to relisting. *Alternatively a single bump is allowed in this case only. This rule is on trial, it may changed if it is abused and causes extra work for mods.

7. One item per ad Multiple Items

If you post multiple items, you may not bump the thread by posting each time an item is sold. Instead you must edit the first post (three dots at top right of post) to delete or use strikethrough text. This actually helps buyers because they can immediately see what i still for sale instead of scrolling down to see what has sold.

Post a new ad for each item. This does not apply to totally identical items, e.g. if you have two identical items (same color, size, shape material) you may say you have two of them. To avoid bumping, when one is sold edit your post rather than a new reply saying sold. When both are sold Edit the thread title.

If you have multiple items that you want to sell individually and also as a package deal (with a lower price for the package) you need to create one thread for each item and one for the package deal. If the package deal is sold you should mark all threads as sold. If one of the individual items is sold you should mark that thread title as sold and edit the post in the package deal FS thread.

8. The Classifieds/vendor section is caveat emptor with no expressed guarantee or responsibility on the part of SOTW.

All transactions and any disputes arising are solely between the buyer and seller. SOTW will not mediate issues as a result of ads.

9. Commenting. Sellers/Vendors may reply to their own thread only with new sale information or to answer questions. (see 3 above - NO BUMPING)

  • You may reply to ads only in order to ask questions relevant to the sale.
  • You may not reply to bump on behalf of the seller
  • You may not publically debate the asking price or disparage the quality of the item in a FS or trade thread. If you believe the listing is wrongly priced or inaccurate, contact the seller privately. Only contact SOTW admin with a bona fide fraud report. You must have evidence of actual fraud
10. All commercial sales in the Vendor Section (summary)
Vendors are not permitted to use the member classified for advertising or selling products. These sections are intended for members to sell items they have, not for commercial posting.

Vendors (Merchants/Dealers/Manufacturers) may request their own sub forum in the Vendor's area to promote and sell their products. To do so please use the contact form to contact VSadmin. Please note all vendors are also subject to Verticalscope Vendor rules here which apply along with all SOTW messaging and Classifieds rules.

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A reminder to the membership,

As we have mentioned many times before, all "What should I buy?" and "How much is it worth?" type inquiries belong in the ADVICE ON BUYING/SELLING A SAXOPHONE sub forum and nowhere else on the forum. Beginner questions seeking advice on purchases may also be posted in the appropriate WHAT SHOULD I BUY AND WHY sub forum in the beginners forum.

We are seeing a lot of misposted inquiries of these types recently.


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Due to blatant disregard of the NO BUMPING rule, the following will take place:

1. First offense, the ad will be deleted with a warning left in its place.
2. If the offender does it again, their access to the Marketplace will be revoked.
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