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  1. I'm surprised no one has answered this by now. ...

    I'm surprised no one has answered this by now. The alto saxophone transposes up a 6th. That means if the saxophone is playing in its key of D, then the concert pitch can be found a 6th lower (or a...
  2. Thread: YAS-21 Overhaul

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    YAS-21 Overhaul

    My 16 year old grandson worked as an apprentice with me in my saxophone repair shop this summer. His main assignment was to overhaul a "junk" YAS-21 I picked up on Ebay for about $60. It had body...
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    One way to learn the "taste" of the harmonic is...

    One way to learn the "taste" of the harmonic is to first hold the note with its regular fingering and then quickly switch to the fingering of the low note whose harmonic you are trying to play. Once...
  4. Removing a key from a woodwind instrument...

    Removing a key from a woodwind instrument

    If you use "teflon powder" in the manner I prescribed in the previous post, you will have no problems. I know this from experience.
  5. At this point I would remove the G# key from the...

    At this point I would remove the G# key from the sax and look at the pad under magnification. I would also check the tonehole rim inside and out for burrs. Once the pad is off the sax you can clean...
  6. Today I worked on a tenor that I believed to be...

    Today I worked on a tenor that I believed to be totally leak free and it "motorboated" like crazy on low G! Further inspection showed that the body octave pad was not completely closing due to some...
  7. A bit of lighter fluid (naptha) on a Q-tip or...

    A bit of lighter fluid (naptha) on a Q-tip or cotton swab is effective in cleaning sticky pads and toneholes. If the town where you live has an electronics supply store, you can pick up a small 12...
  8. The Meyer 5M is a good mouthpiece. A Rico 2 1/2...

    The Meyer 5M is a good mouthpiece. A Rico 2 1/2 or equivalent is certainly not too hard for that tip opening. I believe you have answered your own question. Find a reed in that 2 1/2 range and...
  9. It would help to know what mouthpiece you are...

    It would help to know what mouthpiece you are playing on and its tip opening. That makes a big difference when discussing reed strengths.

    I have taught saxophone over 30 years and I would never...
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    That make me laugh out loud. What a beautiful...

    That make me laugh out loud. What a beautiful house and grounds for them to romp in.
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    The Kaleidoscope story is true. Did you hear the...

    The Kaleidoscope story is true. Did you hear the one about the band that was so bad, they had to change their name every week to get work? I played in a few of those kind too.
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    I once played in a group called Kaleidoscope. ...

    I once played in a group called Kaleidoscope. The members kept changing from one gig to the next.
  13. Thanks. I have just ordered a 3C from "Junkdude"...

    Thanks. I have just ordered a 3C from "Junkdude" to try. I have always believed that Desmond who started out as a clarinetist brought a clarinet embouchure to the saxophone. Rather than getting...
  14. Looking for a Desmond-like modern mouthpiece

    The Gregory 4As are getting scarce and very expensive. Does anyone have firsthand experience with a modern mouthpiece with a large round chamber an relatively small tip opening that when played with...
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    The key heights on the upper and lower stacks of...

    The key heights on the upper and lower stacks of a saxophone are really quite simple and straightforward. The basic acoustic principle involved in "venting" the note through the first open tonehole...
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    That looks like a neat book about Irish music. ...

    That looks like a neat book about Irish music. Just push the key far enough and the arm(s) will bend in that direction. It will be more difficult to straighten due to the fact that it has two key...
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    1. Apparently the low B key has been bent...

    1. Apparently the low B key has been bent slightly to the right so that it rubs against the guard post. You can very carefully coax it back to where it was away from the post with your fingers. If...
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    Amazing K & M Saxophone Stand

    Maybe others have seen these before, but they are new to me---a sturdy sax stand that fits inside the bell of the sax inside the case. Is that cool or what? It was about $36.00 U.S. for the alto...
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    Chateau is the name of the saxophone line...

    Chateau is the name of the saxophone line manufactured by Tenon Industries in Taiwan. Jerry Chang is the head of the company. There was a full display of saxophones of all levels made by Tenon at...
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    You also might consider a Chateau student alto...

    You also might consider a Chateau student alto from Musicmedic.com. They are made extremely well and the Music Medic Pro Shop goes through each saxophone before it is shipped. IMO as a teacher and...
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    Karl Fulbright at Inhorn Band Instrument Repair...

    Karl Fulbright at Inhorn Band Instrument Repair will do a good job for you. Another tech with a good reputation is David Sheppard at H & H Music.
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    That is a perfect example of an "ISO" (instrument...

    That is a perfect example of an "ISO" (instrument shaped object). Someone constructed that as more of an art piece than an actual musical instrument. There are no finger buttons or touchpieces, and...
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    I would suggest removing the thumb ring, cleaning...

    I would suggest removing the thumb ring, cleaning the inside of the ring and the steel rod with alcohol and cleaning the hinge tube with a cotton pipe cleaner. Dills is a good brand. Then reinstall...
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    It's a man thing

    A smile for the day:

    Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life. As a bagpiper, I play many...
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    I treated all of my pads with mink oil once and...

    I treated all of my pads with mink oil once and cats followed me everywhere I took my saxophone.
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