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Name is øyvind, from Norway. Im 38 years old.
Played clarinet in my teen around 3-4 years. Tried on and off some sax somewhere but did not stick with it.
Heard and bought a soprano sax some years ago, and only now really started playing. Have mayby 75 hours practising this year. Just absolutely love that sound :)

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Name is øyvind, from Norway. Im 38 years old.
Played clarinet in my teen around 3-4 years. Tried on and off some sax somewhere but did not stick with it.
Heard and bought a soprano sax some years ago, and only now really started playing. Have mayby 75 hours practising this year. Just absolutely love that sound :)

Øyvind
Welcome on board, another Scandinavian:
In recent years I am, too, getting more and more into soprano playing.
 

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My name is Phil, I live in Nottingham in the UK - home of Robin Hood and Nottingham Forest FC! I played alto sax about 30 yrs ago but gave up after about 2 years. I recently bought a student alto (an Elkhart) and am getting back into playing. I play bass guitar in a David Bowie tribute band and want to learn some of the easier solos
 

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I’m Maurice. Started playing tenor saxophone in 7th grade and was a music major in college, played in rock, jazz and community bands after college but then life got in the way and my horn got stolen. Fast forward to 2018, I’m 46 now and established in my career so this year I bought a soprano and a tenor.

I’ve rediscovered the joy of making music and my chops have come back quickly.

Current horns are:
Kessler Custom Soprano
TK Melody ipanema tenor

Thanks for the join looking forward to learning and meeting some of y’all.

Moe (madnesstenor)
 

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Hi name Suzanna . Love this site , learning lots of things ,only just starting music lessons for Sax and Clarinet. So a very beginner,and a oldie at that ..looking forward to learning a lot .. Suz
 

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Hello I'm Joe from Austin in the USA. I play alto sax and started 5 years ago when I was at a university. I've enjoyed reading these forums for a long time and decided it was time to create an account.
 

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Hey everyone! I played a Signet tenor sax in jr. high and high school, and then my friend sat in her case for 38 years until I saw a band playing one Saturday afternoon in St. Louis. After talking to the sax player and discovering that there was a local place to give my old friend some TLC, I took her in there and am awaiting her resurrection in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to connecting with sax players of all skill levels from all over the world. My goal is to hook up with a band and play local gigs. I'm a bit rusty and need to hone my skill set. Any suggestions on how to get up to speed and relearn all the theory and improv stuff that I've forgotten. Looking forward to hearing from those of you who never left the game and those who've jumped back in as well as the newcomers to the allure of the sax. Glad to be aboard.
 

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Note: Admins feel free to take this down because technically I'm not new. I have not been super active but I am now getting into the site a lot now.

Hey everyone! I am currently a freshman in high school and I play tenor and alto. I have played jazz all throughout jr. high and I am continuing to practice and learn more about the saxophone. I am looking forward to learning more on this site and getting advice from some of you!

Setup:

Tenor: Jody Jazz DV 6 and Jody Jazz Giant 7* with Vandoren ZZ 2.5 Reeds.

Alto: Selmer S80 C* with Vandoren Blue Box 2.5-3
 

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Eric from Charleston SC. Longtime harp player - blues, country, lots of jazz. Treated myself to a tenor as a 60th birthday present (bucket list item) and getting to where I'm not terrible at it. Recently added an alto; totally in love with the sound. Semiretired, so I can practice at least a couple hours a day. Turns out the more I practice on the saxes my harp playing gets better, and vice versa.
 

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Hello new friends, I'm Randy, American living in France for 30+ years. I've played a lot of guitar, toured and recorded, but I've always listened to and loved saxophone. I've also been privileged to play with a few excellent saxophonists, including the great Red Holloway, who played alto, tenor and flute on the road with John Mayall's Blues Breakers.

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I bought a WX5 wind controller many years ago and played it on and off in simple recordings for my podcast themes and jingles, but didn't practice it. In January, I rented an alto and started practicing 2 to 4 hours a day. I really want to get somewhere with this. I'm about to buy a used alto, and hope some day to get a tenor. I'm glad to have found this place with such a large concentration of knowledge from around the world.
 

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Alan H, here from central California. I'm a really serious clarinet player though I make my living in IT. I have my dads 1939 Buescher Aristocrat Alto, which I played through college. I use a 1960's vintage Selmer C* Soloist mouthpiece for classical stuff on that, and a Meyer 7M for Jazz. Through college I played a totally unknown mouthpiece made my Hohner, the harmonica people of all things, for jazz. Love that horn, but don't play it enough. I partially put myself through grad school (marine biology) playing in a local pit orchestras. About 4 years ago my symphony did a pops concert with a Beatles cover band and we needed tenor saxophones for one tune. I dragged out the Conn Shooting Star (Nogales) that my dad bought used when he joined a little band in his retirement community. Right before the concert, like...3 hours before the concert I busted a post off the horn. I tore down to our local shop, but the woodwind repair woman wasn't there.They loaned me ... of all things....a Yamaha 82Z-unlacquered. I about died when I played that horn, it reminded me of how much I loved playing tenor back in high school. I'd have bought it but $3800 was a bit beyond my means. Years went by and I've just purchased a late 1962 Buescher Aristocrat SV-40...the renamed and maybe very lightly upgraded successor to the Elkhart Band Instrument Company A30, made about 3-4 months before Selmer bought Buescher.

I'm a fan of all the usual suspects, but happen to really love Zoot Sims tenor sound. On alto, I'm a Paul Desmond diehard.

here's a two samples of my clarinet playing:

1. Mozart Clarinet Quintet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcuaFhAgm1A

2. Klezmer in a kilt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOekJiiLfSA
 

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Hello from Nebraska!

I'm a not-yet-but-hope-to-be saxophone player. I bought a dud Selmer Bundy off of craigslist recently and was traumatized (not really, I knew it was a big risk, but it was a fun gamble) to learn that I could spend $400 to have a horn worth $100. Fortunately, I have a friend who does band instrument repairs for a living and he helped me avoid grossly overpaying for the Bundy.

To recover from the grief of my misadventure, I bought this Couesnon Monopole on eBay which should be here next week: https://www.ebay.com/itm/-/113176475223?nordt=true&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l10137 I hope it turns out to be a decent horn to torture my cats with while I'm picking up the basics. They already hate my guitar playing and this will give them something else to feel superior about. Nothing too good for my cats.

At any rate, hello, and does anyone have any advice for a late 50s beginner?

Thanks!
 

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Eric from Charleston SC. Longtime harp player - blues, country, lots of jazz. Treated myself to a tenor as a 60th birthday present (bucket list item) and getting to where I'm not terrible at it. Recently added an alto; totally in love with the sound. Semiretired, so I can practice at least a couple hours a day. Turns out the more I practice on the saxes my harp playing gets better, and vice versa.
Welcome Eric!- I've read that Bobby Keys cited Little Walter as his primary influence in how he approached his playing, and he didn't fare too badly. Very cool but I guess not terribly surprising you are finding them synergistic. I have a set of Special 20s I just bought thinking I would like to expand my utility, but keep putting it off thinking I have a bit more (ok, maybe a lot more) to learn on saxophone and keys first. Looking forward to your contributions in the doubling section and on the forum in general.
 

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Greetings From Nebraska

Howdy from Nebraska!

I'm an extreme newbie at saxophone, but I've been playing (at playing) guitar for years and have also dabbled with harmonica, ukulele, drums and banjo.

I recently got interested in saxophones when I saw a Selmer Bundy in a Craiglist ad and ended up buying a dog. This led me to eBay where I just bought a c.1960 Couesnon Monopole alto. It arrived today and I managed to make my first pitiful sounds on a saxophone. I did accidentally play something that sounded like a note, but that was purely coincidental. I'm not sure that I'm ready for the Couesnon so I'm going to pick up a King Cleveland 613 to do my learning on.

I'm looking for beginning material and maybe trying to find a teacher to get me off on the right foot. I'm still primarily a guitarist, but sax seems like it will be really interesting and I've had a lot of fun, not to mention learned a lot, investigating old mostly American saxophones with a slight detour to France.

I've also really enjoyed looking around this forum a lot.

NOTE: Sorry about the double introduction. I originally posted in this thread a few days back, thought my post hadn't gone through and then posted essentially the same information again. I always like to start off by making a mistake. Sorry, folks.
 

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Hello all! Joining from Vancouver, Canada. I've been playing alto sax since high school and my Yamaha of 25 years was recently stolen. After a quarter century on a Yas-23 and a Claude Lakey 5*3, I've been leaning heavily on this site and others to see what's out there and get myself set up all over again. Look forward to sitting more of the boards!
 

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Hi there
Iam actually a middle schooler here to get some information as I pursue to "be good" at saxophone.
I've been playing since the 5th grade playing on a yamaha 200ad advantage clarinet and progressing on to early 1910s bundy reasonite alto clarinet, bass clarinet and a chinese made eb clarinet until I bought a Yas-280 sax last year
hope to learn some more things about the instruments I play through this forum
Thx
-Granto
 
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