What is the best brand of saxophone?
Posted 15 October 2008 - 07:45 PM
I began to have big problems with my Super Action 80, and didn't like the tone I produced on serie II & III.
When I first got my A991 alto, I can say that I didn't like it. It is extremely heavy built. I learned that it wanted to be driven hard like a sports car. It has an incredible tone at volume and projects more than any horn I've owned. I now can play it cleanly even at subtone levels, but it took time.
The one really cool thing out of the box was the intonation. I put it on the tuner and nailed virtually the entire scale of the horn. I'm not a great 'in-tune' guy...so that was big for me.
Anyway, I've since added and S-902 bronze soprano and T-901 tenor to the arsenal. They are without question the horns for me. I'm not doggin Selmer or anyone else as horns (and our relationships with them) are a very personal thing.
If anyone has questions about Yanagisawa please let me know.
Posted 26 October 2009 - 09:55 PM
Posted 28 October 2009 - 05:53 AM
you're playing on V16s? those are jazz reeds...
V16 are rock reeds. They have more heart than Javas but are flatter than traditionals, and thus, louder. I find they're also more consistent. I'm thinking of moving back to V16s.
4s are way too hard though; especially on a C*.
Posted 28 October 2009 - 05:59 AM
And best mouthpiece for classical has to be the Vandoren Optimum. Idk why you'd play on a square chamber for classical. The optimum's just sound better, and are way more in tune.
Posted 28 October 2009 - 06:02 AM
Well obviously this is a personal preference issue.
At the moment I play alto and tenor in various ensembles. Im really all about the sound I produce on different horns rather than how technically sound it is (although thats important too)
My unit just got a horn I requested about a year ago a Yanagisawa 992 (bronze) alto. Love the horn to death. Very dark sound (darker than selmers) and the altissimo is just a little easier than my selmer series 2 alto. For Dixie Band and the occasional big band stuff I play on a selmer reference 36. Love that horn too. Been dying to try a yamaha custom z tenor but there wernt any I could find and test at TBA this year.
The Z Tenors are nice.
Posted 10 November 2011 - 02:58 AM
i heard Cannonballs have rave reviews by some "experts" , do you really think Cannonballs are really the real deal as some people say?
I have a Cannonball for concert season and a Yamaha for marching season. I like the Cannonball much better because it is better quality than my personal Yamaha (though that could vary, my Yamaha is old) and the keys are less inclined to stick. I use the Yamaha for marching band because I don't want to hurt my Cannonball; learning new drill can cause collisions and being rained on at a football game or contest isn't as worrisome as it would be if I used my Cannonball.
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