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  1. 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...
  2. 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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    You can say that again. :) Seriously, I have...

    You can say that again. :)

    Seriously, I have contacted the Stanford Library Collections Department and have placed an order for a copy of the unpublished Benade/Gebler paper. They can't (or...
  15. ABRSM...

    ABRSM I wasn't familiar with this until I started posting on the Cafe Saxophone. As a music educator, I was a bit skeptical at first, but as I learned more about the system I began to see the merit...
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    Benade refers to the "equivalent volume" under...

    Benade refers to the "equivalent volume" under playing conditions as including the elasticity of the reed as well as an oscillatory effect discovered by Helmholtz which I do not understand. Perhaps...
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    I believe you are referring to the paper I have...

    I believe you are referring to the paper I have attached below in which the "equivalent volume" of an alto saxophone was found to be 33% greater than its measured volume. That result is quite...
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    It sounds as if you are dismissing out of hand...

    It sounds as if you are dismissing out of hand the work done by Benade and Gebler to find the effective volume of a saxophone mouthpiece by the drop in pitch it produces on a cylindrical tube with a...
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    Thanks Toby. I am presently corresponding with...

    Thanks Toby. I am presently corresponding with Jer-Ming Chen at UNSW about how he and Joe Wolfe determined the half angle of the soprano and tenor in their study. If I don't wear him out with my...
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    That includes some fascinating ideas. Thanks...

    That includes some fascinating ideas. Thanks Roger. In my experience, arrangers often try to get a "big band sound" with a smaller ensemble, say 3 saxes---alto tenor and bari, one trumpet and one...
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    Let me try to explain my thinking. This...

    Let me try to explain my thinking.


    This means to me that the frequency of the mouthpiece + neck (Frs) is equal to the measured length of the neck (or 1/2 the wavelength of its "popped" frequency...
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    That was answered in the quote from Wikipedia in...

    That was answered in the quote from Wikipedia in post #69.

    The summation of my calculations are in the numbered statements 1 through 7. Please tell me which of those statements you believe to...
  23. Thread: Stop the Spit!

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    I have been dealing this this "over achieving...

    I have been dealing this this "over achieving salivary gland" problem for over 50 years. Please re-read my first post on this topic and do all 3 suggestions, polishing the back of your reed till it...
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    I think I understand your concerns. What I...

    I think I understand your concerns. What I believe that you are missing is that the body of the saxophone with its neck attached [open frustum] only contributes its length as far as determining the...
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    These discussions have a way of breaking into an...

    These discussions have a way of breaking into an assortment of subtopics so that the focus becomes unclear. Let me take one statement at a time. It is a fact that the saxophone + neck in the study...
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