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The Three Sopranos

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The Three Sopranos

I have always purchased soprano saxes that give a hobbyist half a chance to play in tune. My favs to date are pictured below: Eppelsheim soprillo, Yanagisawa Elimona sopranino, and the Yanagisawa S992 soprano. I also have a Yanagisawa SC992 (curvy) that I just perform with because the audience really likes it; the curvy has sax appeal! These instruments are not always available and tend to sell very fast when we list them. Besides being gorgeous, they have a very nice sound and an inherently in tune-ness that is really appreciated.  While working on a soprano sax solo in Holst’s Venus there is a...

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The Great Flute Debate: Open or Closed Hole View

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The Great Flute Debate: Open or Closed Hole View

Gordon Palmer, a friend of mine posted this gem on the Sax on the Website. I wanted to put it here for my many sax friends who, like me, struggle with doubling on the flute. When I plugged my flute key holes, my wife asked me why. So I had her play her flute, the exact make and model as mine, and then she tried mine with the plugs in. My wife, the purist, heard the difference and got the keyworks plugs for her flute—it just made too much sense. Here is a picture of my plugged hole Gemeinhardt flute....

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The New Wonder Conn-O-Sax in F

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The New Wonder Conn-O-Sax in F

A couple of years ago I got to play a Conn-o-sax.   We feature this lovely and pristine sax on many of our social media sites. It was the sweetest sounding sax I’ve ever played, speaking clearly from the top to the bottom of the range of the instrument. In mint condition, it features a beautiful silver plate with gold. I had the chance to buy it but the price even back then gave one pause. Today, they are available for the price of a luxury car! Don’t take my word for how sweet this instrument sounds, listen to it here on this track...

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The Clarinet Deal of a Lifetime

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The Clarinet Deal of a Lifetime

I have spent a lot of time helping family and friends find the perfect instrument within the constraints of their budgets. New musicians, young musicians, adult newbies and returning musicians all need a good or better instrument. On occasion I have even wowed the jaded professional who thought they’d never buy another instrument. I wowed them with a stellar instrument that they thought they could never afford and one which completed their stable of doubles (instruments besides your primary that you are called upon to play). Today I’m writing you about a clarinet deal that might be the best you’ll...

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NAMM 2015 ~ Music for Musicians

NAMM 2015 was held in Anaheim this year and hosted over 75,000 attendees. Opening day included a visit by the Disneyland band

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