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  1. A picture of it on the saxophone would be nice.

    A picture of it on the saxophone would be nice.
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    Back the small screw above the A key out about...

    Back the small screw above the A key out about 1/2 turn or until there is a bit of "wiggle" before it contacts the Ab. How long have you been playing?
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    Thanks Toby from this acoustic nerd. :) I had...

    Thanks Toby from this acoustic nerd. :) I had forgotten about this study. Coltman's "Acoustic Losses of Bassoon Pads is also closely related to what I am looking into.

    All of the "porosity...
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    I don't believe so. The previous resonator (pad...

    I don't believe so. The previous resonator (pad cover) study done by Dr. Eveno is quite comprehensive in and of itself.
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    Pad Porosity Study

    The pad porosity study is finally getting underway. The goal of the study is to test the porosity of the covering of several different brands and types of pads and then compare that data with the...
  6. Thread: Marching Band

    by jbtsax
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    Long tones and scales would work. Oftentimes...

    Long tones and scales would work. Oftentimes playing in cooler temperatures outdoors can mess with your embouchure---especially when trying to play up to pitch with a cold instrument that can't be...
  7. Maybe he needs them to grind up and make...

    Maybe he needs them to grind up and make grenadilla dust so he can make his own "greenline" instruments---or maybe lamps??
  8. From "The Teacher's Guide to the Alto, Bass, and...

    From "The Teacher's Guide to the Alto, Bass, and Contrabass Clarinets" by Dr. Donald E. McCathren Duquesne University

    Mouthpiece Pitches for the Harmony Clarinets in the Band

    Alto...
  9. I seem to recall the Selmer clarinet mouthpieces...

    I seem to recall the Selmer clarinet mouthpieces were marked S, HS, and HS*. The best ones I played had the "S" inside an oval on the table of the mouthpiece. They were not designed to be "jazz...
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    I have had good success getting nickle silver...

    I have had good success getting nickle silver plate back to its original shine by buffing with Music Medic blue compound.
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    Believe me, mine is a love/hate relationship with...

    Believe me, mine is a love/hate relationship with silver instruments. I love how they look when polished, but I hate the maintenance to keep them looking that way. One of the best products I have...
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    Acoustics of palm key tonehole placement

    I have believed for quite some time that the reason the palm key tonehole placements are so low on the body tube as to cause the notes to sound extremely flat in the first octave (without the octave...
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    Finally got around to my own sax

    I have been making friends and customer's saxes look good for quite some time while neglecting my own, so I decided to clean and polish my Selmer SBA alto for the first time since it was overhauled...
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    Anything by Ware S. Mahorn is also good. Here is...

    Anything by Ware S. Mahorn is also good. Here is one of my favorites:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgQu-SzBAMM
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    Only the director knows the instrumentation,...

    Only the director knows the instrumentation, balance, strengths and weaknesses of each section to pick the "right" pieces for the current group. My mentor taught me that a concert or festival is a...
  16. Thread: clarinet pitch

    by jbtsax
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    In case it still isn't clear. The Bb clarinet is...

    In case it still isn't clear. The Bb clarinet is a transposing instrument. To sound a Concert F (the pitch on a piano) the clarinet plays its written G. To sound a Concert Bb the clarinet plays its...
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    A fast method would be to remove the octave key...

    A fast method would be to remove the octave key and give the neck a wipe down with Tarnex using a small sponge. Rinse that off and dry the neck. Then use any gentle silver polish such as Haggertys...
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    According to my Terapeak Research service, in the...

    According to my Terapeak Research service, in the past 90 days there have been 8 King Super 20 tenors sold on Ebay. The only silversonic sold for $5000. The other 7 "regular" Super 20's ranged from...
  19. Thread: Embouchure help

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    As long as you don't try to buzz your lips into...

    As long as you don't try to buzz your lips into the clarinet mouthpiece you should be fine. :) Seriously, there is surprisingly a lot of transfer between the clarinet embouchure and the french horn...
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    Leblanc Semi-Rationale

    I just picked up a Leblanc Semi-Rationale alto. Does anyone have any experience with these or information they can share? Pictures will be coming when I can find some time.
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    If you want to sound like a french horn, put your...

    If you want to sound like a french horn, put your hand in the bell and play a lot of wrong notes. :-D

    Seriously, in my college symphonic band, the director had the saxophone section use "donut...
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    You also want to try to relax the wrists, hands,...

    You also want to try to relax the wrists, hands, and fingers when you hold the clarinet. The RH thumb tends to get a bit sore holding the weight of the clarinet until a callous develops. Inserting...
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    My "Naked" Saxophone

    Here is my newest acquisition from Ebay, a naked keyless alto saxophone. This was made in Taiwan and imported by Saxophone.com in Las Vegas, Nevada. I paid a bit more than I wanted to at $375 for a...
  24. The worst part is that the seller is French!!!...

    The worst part is that the seller is French!!! :eek:
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    Much of the literature for the saxophone in the...

    Much of the literature for the saxophone in the 1920's was intended for a display of "virtuosity" on the instrument similar to the pieces played by Rudy Weidoeft and as such included a good deal of...
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