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10/17/2018 - Julie Baca asks:
Hi Steve, i watch your facebook live sessions. There greatm full of lots of kno2ledge. Anyway, you have been inspirational. So, i have a 65 buffet sda. I am haveing a super hard time getti g the g to play in the upper octave, as well as the low c, and b flat. I dont see how to make any adjustments that might help. Any sugestions?

Answer:

be sure that the octave vent on the body is clear and unobstructed. Check the G# pad and be certain it doesn’t open when you finger low Bb. You didn’t say so, but I’ll assume the horn is leak free.

10/03/2018 - Robin Herrod asks:
Hey Steve, I got a project horn going right now. I’m looking for posts and rod for the high F palm key on a ’52 Conn 12M silver Naked Lady Bari sax. Do you have that in a parts horn or what would be comparable to it? By the way, Clothes guard fit perfectly on my Mark VI. Thanks!

Answer:

sorry, I don’t have those parts for your 12M

10/03/2018 - Akua asks:
Why aren’t there neck enhancers for the soprano sax?

Answer:

there is too much variation in the size of soprano necks

10/03/2018 - Akua asks:
My old Alto Conn (New Wonder Series M227880L 1929-1930?) needs overhauling. I’m thinking of selling it as I have another, an old PanAmerican, that I play. Should I pay for its overhaul and perhaps enjoy a better instrument, overhaul and sell it (and get more for it) or sell it as is? Thanks in advance for your insights. I consulted your Vintage Sax page and it seems the Conn is more valuable than I thought.

Answer:

the Pan American has no real value. Did you read the preface to the value guide and adjust the value of the Conn accordingly?

10/03/2018 - Rick B. asks:
Hi Steve,Need your advise again. Of the 3 tenor horns noted which one would you keep and which of the 3 would you let go. All horns have good pads. (1) Kohlert model 55 (1955) (2) Conn (1926), King Zephyr (1946). Thanks again for you help.

Answer:

Probably the King…..you would have to shim the tone holes to get the intonation right

09/21/2018 - Rex Williams asks:
Steve – I have a Buescher Aristocrat Big B Tenor Sax s/n 318889 and there is a 156 under the s/n but I have not had any luck finding what the 156 means. I played the instrument in high school and the loaned to my Brother-in-law what was a music and Orchestra Director in the California School system. He recently returned it and it has sparked my interest in knowing more about it so I can decide what to do with it. Except for the lacquer finish my brother-in-law says it is in great condition and ready to play.Thanks for your time and effort.

Answer:

That’s the model number

09/15/2018 - Linda Knaian asks:
I have my old King Alto Sax that I got used in the late 1980s. The serial number 199289 leads me to think it is from the 1930′s. My son wants to start playing so I took it to a local repair shop, they want $600 to refurbish it to good working order. Is that a reasonable thing to do? Is a King that is that old worth it?

Answer:

probably a good idea and money well spent

09/15/2018 - Mariusz Krzaczek asks:
Hi Steve, I found an offer to buy Buescher Tenor Sax (400). The sax is selling by army in Poland 200 miles from me. They wrote only that serial number is 409996, and year of production – 1993. I could not find any information about Bueschers from the year of 1993. I know that the Buescher’s brand was bought by Selmer in 1963 so probably they used sometimes the brand. Could you tell me more about this instrument. I have not any photos of this instrument, its value, etc.Kind regards,Mariusz

Answer:

I never saw a 400 with a serial number that high. I think Conn-Selmer, who own the Buescher name, imported some horns which were branded Buescher.

09/06/2018 - Raymond L. Main asks:
Since I ask you a question about my Buescher horn value, which was NOT on your Guide {Super 40 s/n 389445}, and you chose to answer with a snotty answer I would have to presume any trouble with your service/product would get the same kind of answer? Probably so! I’ll spread the word!

Answer:

If you read my answer, you would know that there is virtually no interest in anything made by Buescher after the Top Hat and Cane Series and that none of the established dealers carry them. They have very little value. I’ll spread the word that you’re a troll who whines when he doesn’t get the answer he wants. Grow up.

09/06/2018 - Raymond L. Main asks:
Steve, I did in fact look at your list, however, the serial # 389445 did not fall into the 400 SERIES as described. Is the SUPER 400 as separate series?

Answer:

There is not real interest in any Buescher horns after the Top Hat and Cane series. There’s not an established market, and I note with interest that none of the vintage horn dealers offer them. They’re worth what you can get for them, which is generally not much.

 

09/03/2018 - Angelo asks:
First let me say this,thank you for all your effort over the years in improving the saxophone. I am looking for pad sizes for my Tiwain made alto saxophone( Chateau Brand, Model # VAS-500V made by Tenon Industries) to keep on hand. I don’t see it listed on your pad size section. Can you help me out with this request? All the best to you, PEACE

Answer:

I’m sorry but I do not have those sizes. Contact Tenon or the USA distributor. I am sure they will be happy to help you. They are extremely nice people.

09/03/2018 - Fly McClard asks:
What did Selmer Co. Paris do during WWII?

Answer:

they continued to make instruments

08/26/2018 - Joe Blackmon asks:
Acoustics question: The G at the top of the treble clef on tenor sometimes overblows to the D above the staff. I’ve noticed this on multiple tenors (pro and student horns) with a variety of set ups (Classical and jazz). Of course, someone would say “Well, it’s you, dummy”. But, it’s only on tenor I notice this problem and it only happens if I’m not thinking about it. Is there a reason that note wants to overblow to the D on tenor?

Answer:

D is the 2nd overtone of G, so if the octave mechanism is not properly adjusted, a D may be inadvertently produced. Since I haven’t played the horns in question, I cannot tell you what is necessary to properly adjust them.

08/26/2018 - Raymond L. Main asks:
Would like to know the value of a horn I used professionally from 1955 to 1967 when family concerns caused me to “retire”. It’s a Buesher Super 400 SN 389445 I had it overhauled about 2 years ago and has only been “tooted” on since. Finish is 85% or better, no dents, metal and plastic mouthpieces {but they are well used} includes very good case and a stand.Thanks for anything you can give me on selling this horn, either to a dealer or personal ebay type sale.

Answer:

Did you not find our Guide to Vintage Saxophone Values (at www.saxgourmet.com) helpful? Maybe I need to quit spending the money to provide free information….

08/26/2018 - Trey Cannon asks:
Really got into the horn last year. I live in Austin, TX and the wife and I are planning on a New Orleans road trip soon. I am extremely interested in turning my shed into a workshop for sax repair/rework as a hobby only. I have a background that would support this, just not directly in the industry. I have already found several pre-war Conn’s and such on the cheap, so getting ready. I would like to visit your shop for a tooling assessment. This would be the highlight of our trip. Just let me know what the cost is for your time. Thank you for what you share on the internet, Trey

Answer:

why don’t you call me during business hours (504) 324 – 3850…….I’ll be pleased and honored to see you!

08/23/2018 - DENNIS BULLOCK asks:
hi Steve THIS IS DENNIS BULLOCK I have a question for you I play o a selmer super action 80 series 2 and I want to get a neck for my saxophone the sound like to make is more like david sunburn and michael breaker I like a dark rich sound I play a lot of RNB FUNK AND JAZZ please can you make some suggestions Im thinking pif buying Selmer Paris Solid Silver Reference Tenor Sax Neck or a V1 yamaha neck but Im not sure about these necks so I wait to hear what you think thanks for your advice and help Dennis bullock

Answer:

Get our Evolution model neck. You will be much happier! There are a number of videos on our site that will let you hear it.

08/23/2018 - Fred Quinones asks:
How can i get my selmerBundy To sound back to normal tenor sound i left it in my pick up truck during the hot sunny days now it soubds like it s clugged up or like something is stuck inside nothibg is in there i checked out over n over again

Answer:

What has most likely happened is that the heat caused the adhesive holding the pads in place softened. You need to take it to a technician since you probably can’t fix this yourself.

07/25/2018 - Ramon asks:
Hey Steve. I’ve been looking for an affordable soprano, when I came across a brand called Narita, which I believe was associated with the Unison horns. Any idea of the quality of these horns? Alternatively, do you know where I could find a dealer of Unison or Maxtone saxophones (I worked at a store that was a P. Mauriat dealer and I loved them, but I wasn’t looking for a horn at the time).

Answer:

I haven’t worked for them in almost 20 years. They do not actually own a factory, so I don’t` know anything about their current horns since I don’t know where they’re sourced. I think that they no longer have any dealers in the USA. I’ve got some very affordable sopranos. If you wish to discuss them, give me a call during our business hours.

07/25/2018 - Adrian S asks:
Hi Steve, I have a 1942 Conn 10M. I’m trying to track down a brass end plug and a replacement neck receiver. The receiver on the horn at the moment is out of round. My tech wasn’t able to repair it completely. Surprisingly the horn still plays really well. Thanks.

Answer:

Sorry, but I don’t have either of those hard to find items for sale

07/21/2018 - Frode Gjerstad asks:
Hi. I am not on Facebook and have no intention of joining. Will the videos be available on your web page as well? I was also sorry to see that the Bass-sax has moved to Facebook. Why?

Answer:

all of our video seminars are now posted to this site. I am unaware that the bass saxophone group has moved. You would have to contact the moderators as to the reason. I maintain a bass saxophone group on Facebook, but it is different from Steve Weinert’s group on Yahoo.

07/21/2018 - Mark asks:
Who has the most experience overhauling Leblanc model 100 altos. I have 2 and want the mint one overhauled (#1380). #1409 has a dinged guard and need overhaul too but is in excellent shape. Is this the last Leblanc.system horn? Haven’t seen a higher serial #. Thx

Answer:

I think I personally OWN more Leblanc System horns (I have six) than anybody else and I’m reasonably sure that I have overhauled more than anybody. If you have some interest in having us overhaul your horn, send your phone number to saxgourmet@cox.net and I’ll call you.

 

07/20/2018 - Alex Garnett asks:
Dear Steve hope you can help?! I require a low Bb key (with tilting plate) for either an Alto Tenor or Baritone SELMER Mk 6..it’s the tilt piece I need and I believe they’re uniform size across the range..

Answer:

I’ll look, but I think I sold the last one a couple of months ago

07/16/2018 - Robin Herrod asks:
I understand you have an original clothes/pants guard for a Mark VI Bari. What is the cost?

Answer:

$100 + shipping

07/14/2018 - Aimee Green asks:
Hey Steve! I’m interested in purchasing a Fat Boy Tenor mpc for my son who has achieved getting 1st chair in his school’s Jazz Band. However, I am a little confused. The mouthpiece itself is unplated and I was wondering if the customer needs to plate it? My husband is a hornplayer and said he never heard of playing on a bare brass mouth piece and raises the danger of brass poisoning and lead content in the brass. Is playing on these mouth pieces unplated safe or will I need to get these plated after buying? Mainly concerned with the lead content in the mouthpiece…Thank you so much! Aimee

Answer:

the brass alloy that we use contains NO lead! There is no danger of poisoning since the alloy contains only copper and zinc.

07/14/2018 - Philip P. asks:
Is the SaxRax Baritone Sax Stand designed to hold a sax while playing in a seated position. Or is the sax stick better for playing in a seated position? Thanks.

Answer:

the Sax Stick is what you want if you wish to play sitting down

07/14/2018 - Jim Tomlinson asks:
Hi – I got the high mass neck screw for my Mk6 tenor. The screw part is very long compared to the original screw. Can this be cut down to the length of the original?

Answer:

very easily: I use a jeweler’s saw, but you probably don’t have one of those. Simply clip the end with a pair of nippers, and then smooth it out with a fine file or an emery board.

07/09/2018 - john leones asks:
How can I get my buffet super balanced action to sound like a selmer mark VI?

Answer:

buy a Mk VI

07/03/2018 - Gary Williams asks:
I’m an old fart with a bad memory. Played a metal tenor mouthpiece in the early 60′s. Loved it. Was the only metal mouthpiece a teenager could afford back then. Any idea what the heck it was was?

Answer:

there were hundreds of different ones on 1the market then……it’s impossible to say

07/03/2018 - DAVID kELLEY asks:
Hey Steve, David Kelley (in Memphis) here.. question… on the last few gigs, it seems my pads on my bari will not seal until the pads get wet.. leaks so bad the horn would hardly play… last night (on the Memphis Jazz Orchestra gig), it would not even play on the first tune, I borrowed a trombone players water spray… sprayed the pads & tried again.. after one more tune.. the horn started playing fine… in fact, after about 3-4 tunes in was playing great (the horn… not me).. the pads seem still to be soft (original pads, about 4 years old)…. other than a re-pad… do you recommend applying a leather conditioner to keep the pads soft (& sealing)? I have had Luis Hernandez check it out & adjust the hoorn… then later I ran a leak light & did some fine adjustments… it is when I don’t play the bari for about a week when it acts up… suggestions?

Answer:

get our Voodoo Pad Juice…..problem solved

06/25/2018 - lawrence.walker@bigpond.com asks:
Blues Blaster Soprano Saxophone$325.00 does this have a the neck insert brass thingy included? I had some problems with those they sounded and felt good but got completely stuck in there..

Answer:

we don’t make a neck enhancer for soprano and never have

06/25/2018 - PAUL LEVY asks:
I AM ALMOS T 82 YEARS OLD, HAVE NOT PLAYED EITHER OF MY HORNS FOR 3-4 YEARS. I WANT TO START UP AGAIN WITH MY CONN ALTO. I HAVE A MEYER MOUTHPIECE AND SEVERAL BOXES OF 2 AND 2 ½ REEDS. CAN YOU RECOMMEND A MOUTHPIECE THAT WILL BE EASY FOR ME TO USE? I LIKE TO PLAY 30S AND 40S JAZZ.

Answer:

get our Saxgourmet Hard Rubber……it is VERY easy blowing

06/19/2018 - carolyn arrington asks:
Hello,Is The Woodwind, South Bend Indiana #920311 soprano sax from the year 1993 and possibly and Yanagisawa”?

Answer:

I have no idea…..you would have to ask them

06/07/2018 - Steve KIng asks:
i have a reference 54 and can’t get the altissimo g. I have taken it to a very reputable sax repair guy and he also plays tenor and he can’t get it either. I have had several very good players try to show me what is wrong. Perhaps you know of an adjustment that will allow me to get that high g.I don’t think it is an embrachure problem. What do you suggest?

Answer:

assuming that (1)n the B key is completely closing, (2) the neck is perfectly fit, not just tight, then reduce the amount that the F key opens to about 1/4 inch

 

06/03/2018 - Richard asks:
What’s the name brand on these new mistery sax’s. Very interested in a tenor

Answer:

none that you have ever heard of or that has ever been offered for sale

06/03/2018 - Rick B asks:
Hi Steve, have a change to pick up a Pierret Super Artiste tenor sax. Wants $700 for it but it need a complete re-pad but has the original finish with no damage to the bell, body, or neck. Is this a good buy? Seller says its from about 1961. Also looks like in the original case too.

Answer:

that’s a bargain…..don’y let it get away

06/03/2018 - Stan G asks:
Is a rode hard and put away wet King Super 20 tenor a good buy?. Wants $ 2200 for it. Made in 1961. Has been but away for 26 years, with the original case and full pearls.

Answer:

that’s not a very specific description of the condition…..see our Value Guide at www.saxgourmet.com and adjust the value according to the terms given in the preface

05/27/2018 - Kris Williams asks:
I’m trying to find out what my Buescher Aristocrat series 2 “Big B” model 140 alto is worth. It all original with some wear near the thumb rest and near it. I’ve owned it for 48 years.

Answer:

why didn’t you look at our Value Guide located at www.saxgourmet.com? I provide this to the saxophone community at no charge so you don’t have to pay for an appraisal. Be SURE to read the preface and adjust the value accordingly!

05/22/2018 - Gil asks:
What is the Saxgourmet Ergonomic Black Thumbrest made of? Is it metal or black plastic?

Answer:

polycarbonate

05/22/2018 - Trevor Hewitt asks:
Hi Steve! Crazy question. Is there any way to “hot rod” a student horn? I have an old Bundy II alto kicking around that has a great tone and I was wondering if there was anything fun I could do to it?

Answer:

yes,  call me

05/22/2018 - Kianna asks:
Hi, I can’t find any brand name or serial number on my saxaphone. It just has a flower pattern on the front and at the top of the neck I think I can just make out an 8 and C… is it a cheap Chinese make?

Answer:

I would have to see it

05/16/2018 - Scott Foster asks:
I have a Woodwind-Brasswind straight soprano saxophone that I purchased in the late 90′s. I am wondering if you might know who the manufacturer is?

Answer:

whoever was the low bidder……they used multiple sources

05/16/2018 - Adrian asks:
Steve; been a while amigo; hope its all good in The Big Easy. I’m in Hospital right now ; but the lowdown on a Conn Tran tenorsax passing through would be good. Rth. Split bell Keys. Engraved ” For sole distribution by The Saxophone Shop. Gerrard Street London SW1 ” Photos to follow when I get out. Regards to Sharon, Casey and the Funksters. Questions as to which bari as to buy to come. Love the SOTW Comments…

Answer:

I never saw a Conn engraved like that, but` I don’t think it is especially significant. I think it just identifies the original retailer, nothing more. Call me when they release you.

05/16/2018 - Ned Newitt asks:
Hi Steve I am looking for a decent mouthpiece for a Buffet Crampon bass sax (Conn style wrap) A pickle barrel large chamber ebonite is what I am looking for. Do you have anything suitable?

Answer:

sorry, I don’t have anything suitable for that horn

05/16/2018 - Rick B asks:
Hi Steve need your option, on which of the following tenor saxs you would keep and which ones should be sold.. A 1955 Kohlert model 55,. a 1946 King Zephyr ,a 1967 Buescher 400, and a 1972 Selmer Signet with the “S Brace. I have too many sax and would like to start thinning them out.. Also which one would you consider the best of the lot?. Thanks again for your info,

Answer:

keep the Buescher, sell the rest

05/06/2018 - Stan G. asks:
To answer Benjamin Morando question about a :Windermere sax, it is cheap student horn, and no market for them . Believe Conn made them as a 3rd line student horn will below there already cheapen student Conn 16M Sax model.

Answer:

that’s news to me

05/06/2018 - Rick B asks:
Thanks for the name of Pro Shop at MusicMedic.com for the repad on my 1967 Buescher Varitone Tenor Sax. After the repad, if I decide to sell it in the future what would be a fair price for the horn with the neck mic, the conrtol box, & the amp. All work great. (Also do you know how many of these type of tenor saxes where made?)

Answer:

those are so incredibly rare that it’s impossible to say what the market would bring. I would guess that a pristine one with ALL of the electronics fully functional is easily a $6000 horn to the right buyer. I have no idea how many were made, but it wasn’t many!

04/29/2018 - Rick B asks:
I’m going to have my Kohlert model # 55 tenor sax repaded. With type of pad resonators should I go with? (I play Jazz, Big Band & sometimes Rock.)

Answer:

get our solid copper Power Point resonators for maximum dynamic range and projection

04/29/2018 - Benjamin Morando asks:
Purchased a Tenor Saxophone Serial# R15704. Engraving: “Windermere Four Star, made in Elkhard, Indiana U.S.A.”Based on the information presented, is there any direction you can lead me to find out more about the item? I purchased it at a swapmeet here in San Diego yesterday. Why? I want to re-start my passion for the instrument, it has been over three decades since I played a sax.

Answer:

I have not a clue

04/29/2018 - Rick B asks:
I have a 1967 400 Buscher tenor with the Varitone neck and tube down the back of the sax for the pick up. I found for sale the control box & amp to go with my sax. They want $400 for the two, but my sax also needs a repad. Is it worth get the box & amp if I need a repad..Sax is is in great condition with the original lacquer finish.

Answer:

absolutely……that horn is as rare as it gets…….be SURE you get it repadded by someone who knows Bueschers……I would suggest the Pro Shop at MusicMedic.com

04/18/2018 - Rick B. asks:
Thinking about purchasing a Selmer Super Balance action tenor sax, and thinking about getting one of your 3 Ring Strap Hook to put one it. The question is, if I decided to sell it in the future, will that decrease the asking price and or scary away buyers? (I have a 1946 King Zephyr tenor and that came with a 3 ring strap Hook and I really like it.)

Answer:

I don’t see why it would decrease value……it might actually increase it!

04/08/2018 - Richard Lataille asks:
Hi Steve, You have a link on your website to a left hand thumb rest, but when I click on it there is no product listed . I have a selmer Super balanced alto and would like to improve the thumb rest on it . Will yopu have something like this available anytime ?

Answer:

We should have the new left hand thumbrest by early summer. This is a new product, still under development

04/08/2018 - Greg Washburn asks:
I have a Super Action 80 Bari Sax and its missing the lacquer bolt for the curved neck support on the body, not the neck

Answer:

I’m sure you can get that part from Selmer

04/04/2018 - Ken Breit asks:
I am considering selling my 1971 (#189643) Selmer Paris Tenor saxophone. It has approx. 85% lacquer remaing has a variety of minor dings, dents and scratches in good playing condition but could benefit from a good cleaning and fine tuning. Iit’s hard to value sight unseen but I was wondering if you would have a ball park value. Thank you

Answer:

it’s always hard to say without actually seeing the horn, but that one is probably worth around $3000

04/04/2018 - Ric k B. asks:
Your advice to stopping reading “Sax on the Web”. is really good. There is a lot of stupid and misleading info on it that can really hurt your playing, and your sax. Keep up advising encouraging players to do so. (example: On time the advise to level a tone hole was to bang the bell of your sax on a padded work bench……… How crazy is that!!!!!)

Answer:

Glad it works for you! It sure does for me!

03/30/2018 - Ross Jones asks:
Hey Steve, I’m interested in your hard rubber alto mouthpiece in a .070 size. I’ve been checking out some others lately and the quality of yours looks outstanding for the price. Is it darker sounding than the voodoo child and what type of facing does it have? Looking for one you have available with a darker sounding jazz tone like a new Meyer 5 large chamber or an Otto Link for my Buescher Aristocrat.

Answer:

lots of questions! call me and I’ll answer them all  504 324 3850

03/30/2018 - Victor John Yannacone, jr. asks:
I hate to bother you again, Steve, but I cannot find the “big Bully” baritone mouthpiece for sale anywhere on your website or anywhere on the Internet for that matter. How do I buy one? One more question since you were kind enough to answer my last, “do you or anyone else make a combination Alto and Tenor case. If not, perhaps you should consider designing and selling one for the many people will have to bring both horns to a job or, like my grandson, to high school for the next four years since he plays first alto in the concert bands, and solo tenor in the jazz band and is really not interested in flutes and clarinets yet. Thanks again for the priceless tips that you so freely share on your website

Answer:

Oops! We’re sold out of Big Bullys! Call me 504-324-3850 and I’ll see if I can round one up for you. We are completely out of the case business.

03/30/2018 - Michael Webster asks:
What is the difference between the solid copper neck for Selmer tenor ($850 US ) & the evolution tenor neck for Selmer ($600) apart from the underslung octave mechanism.Is there much of a difference between the copper neck & the (older Saxgourmet)rose brass neck for tenor which I already have.

Answer:

The is a difference in taper and features……the underslung neck has a larger taper differential. The older necks were quite good, but we learn as we go along! The newer neck models are much improved.

 

03/29/2018 - Steve Z asks:
Hi Steve, I’m interested in buying a neck enhancer for my Conn New Wonder II alto – will it be compatible with that neck? (it’s got the microtuner) Thanks!

Answer:

yes it will!

03/29/2018 - Victor John Yannacone, jr. asks:
I have one your early Bari saxes S#111521 which Mark Kasten at Weiner Music suggested I try some years ago nowvwhen I brought my Selmer Mark VI for some repairs. I blew your horn for about half an hour while he was fixing my Mark VI and I bought it on the spot leaving my “working” Mark VI for him to get rid of. I have been playing your horn continuously since then and last year sold my 1964 Selmer Mark VI bari which I thought I would never part with. When are you going to make your new bari available? I should have asked you this question years ago, but I never thought how important it was until I watched your “mouthpiece” webinar. What mouthpiece do you recommend for your horn. I use an old Selmer Paris S90 190 mouthpiece with a Rovner ligature withn 2 or 2-1/2 reeds depending on the style of music and the group I am playing with. I keep my seat in big bands and Symphonic bands because I can play pianissimo low As with body. I need a mouthpiece that will blow the low notes easily and contribute to a dark sound. Thanks very much for your kindness. I have spoken to you twice on the phone and you were quite gracious.

Answer:

I wish I could tell you a release date and a price, but I can’t. We still have some issues to resolve. The best mouthpiece is our Saxgourmet Big Bully. It is designed specifically for our baritone.

03/28/2018 - jeff bagin asks:
Hi Steve” i need a copy of service manual / , schematic for a Selmer Varitone. as i am trying to restore one, hope to get it up and running before the summer fest /gig season.Thanks Jeff

Answer:

sorry, I don’t have one

03/28/2018 - Rick B asks:
Which Tenor sax would you a preference over, a 1946 King Zephyr or a 1958 Conn 10M, for gigging with big band, Jazz and Rock and Roll. Thanks

Answer:

a Saxgourmet Super 400 Series II

03/21/2018 - Rick B asks:
I have the 1967 BUESCHER 400 with the Varitone Pickup om the Underslung Tenor Sax Neck, but you mentioned in an your earlier e-mail that it’s an extremely rare horn, although without the amplifier you don’t think there would be any demand. Do you believe a trade for a 1972 Selmer Signet with the “S” bell brace would be in order? Both horns are set yo well.Thanks again you you valuable advise.

Answer:

I would probably keep the Buescher. They are usually better players.

03/21/2018 - Josh Herman asks:
Four years ago I acquired a Tenor made by Holton. I’ve done a bit of research and nobody really seems to know too much about these horns. All I know is that its serial 8xxx puts it somewhere between 1909 and 1918. Its got a C trill, G# trill, and no front fork. Do you know anything about these?

Answer:

I have a couple of those in my collection…..what would you like to know?

03/19/2018 - Kevin H. asks:
Hi Steve,We recently inherited a H. N. White King Soprano Saxophone (straight), with a serial number between 1925 and 1930, in good condition. We were looking for a ballpark value, and someone qualified to repair a pad on it.

Answer:

see my value guide at www.saxgourmet.com     if you want a restoration that is absolutely perfect, 1there is only one place to go: the Pro Shop at www.MusicMedic.com  their work is the best in the world

03/19/2018 - Robert Sass asks:
Steve: The Voodoo Rex alto vs. the Super 400 Series II. Hey G keys are cool, but un-needed. G can be hit in a number of ways. Another hole that can leak. I am nervous about the speaker Key on the Super 400. My repair guy (studied with Paul Maslin, has a hard time with them.) Maybe he is not the repair man Maslin is or should be. In the old days when I owned a Series III Selmer he struggled with the C#. Is your Voodoo Rex C# similar to the Series III? Does the Low bell make the low notes thicker or just cool looking? I am a bright raspy TOP type player, play a lot of altissimo, peal paint with your awesome mouthpiece. The mpc has more to do with sound than the horn, but which of the two considering all I shared would you recommend? I am leaning towards to Voodoo Rex. Thanks Oh, and how “thick” is the metal on the horn? One horn I liked in the past was the LA USA saxes, as they were heavy but they really took a beating on gigs, and I play a lot. I take care of the horn but like a lot of Rock/R&B/TOP style players my hands hit the keys hard.

Answer:

Bob:

That’s a lot of questions, and I’m happy to answer every one. Why don’t1 you call me so I can give you better answers? (504) 324 – 3850

03/16/2018 - Helen asks:
Hi Steve what do you think of the ASX100 Sax please

Answer:

I’ve never seen or played one

03/16/2018 - Rick B. asks:
Hi Steve,There has been a lot of talk about the King Zephyr Saxophones Series III about them being similar to the King Super 20, in terms of bore size, only the key work is different. Also if you are going for on of these horns, get the Series III, with the 3 ring neck strap rings and Serial Numbers from 237xxx to 305xxx. I know we all should stop ready “sax on the web”…. but what’s your take on this?

Answer:

the bore taper is the same

 

03/14/2018 - Don Gutheil asks:
Hi Steve,.. I have a Dave Guardala tenor that I thought was nicely lacquered, but it says “goldbrass” – below the serial # and Made in Germany. Do you know if it’s possibly goldplated? It sure looks like it is. Maybe just the lacquer job. It’s the only sax that I’ve seen with the polished finish in the bell all the way down to the bow.

Answer:

It’s NOT gold plated……”gold brass” is just a variety of brass, nothing special. To the best of my knowledge, there were no gold plated Guardala saxophones

02/28/2018 - Bob DiMaio asks:
Hi Steve. I have an Orpheo Alto. I’m guessing somewhere in the 2004 to 2006 model year. It has the high G and the machined metal looking flat finish. Could you possibly supply me the complete specifications on Roo pad sizes and thickness? About time to repad and I wish to maintain it’s original sound as closely as possible. BTW, I love the sound if this Alto. Dark and rich with great adaptability to mouthpieces. Thank you

Answer:

Order a set from MusicMedic.com. They were the original supplier when we were making Orpheos.

02/28/2018 - John Brehm asks:
I have a 60 year old B flat Buffet Alto sax. Good shape but needs new pads. What is it’s value?

Answer:

I would need to know the model and see clear detailed pictures.

 

02/28/2018 - Mitch Fadem asks:
Hi Steve. I spoke to you the other day about how pleased I was now using your alto sax neck enhancer. I also told you I was getting a soprano sax from Vann Burchfield. He only had one straight neck to send me so I am asking you..”Do I need a curved neck?” I noticed that you don’t currently make any curved sop necks or neck enhancers. Can you make a recommendation on what I should do? I have to be honest that I have no idea who made the soprano. Vann just told me it was one of the top makers in Taiwan but there is only a serial number, no branding.

Answer:

the curved neck ONLY changes the playing position, which may alter the tone. The straight and curved necks are dimensionally identical. We don’t make soprano enhancers or necks because there is simply too much variation in sopranos.

 

 

02/28/2018 - Rick B. asks:
Hi Steve,I lot has been said about the Buescher 400 Top Hat & Cane sax, but are the post 400′s any good? The ones where they moved the bell keys to the left side of the horn. (The ones that face the players legs.)

Answer:

the necks, body tube, bow, and bell are the same. Only the mechanism is different.

02/28/2018 - Brandon E. asks:
I have an earlier Buescher True Tone Alto that I have disassembled to clean and repad (this will be my first time doing so, got the horn cheap some years ago) with saxgourmet pads. What is the random tone hole next to the Eb tone hole just before the bow? Also, I have a Buescher TT tenor that I play often. D2 is wanting to sound D1 with the octave key engaged and A2 and the front F is very stuffy. Are these problems related and how can I address the issue?

Answer:

it’s not a “random” tone hole, it’s commonly called a “forked Eb key” and can be extremely useful in some playing situations. As to the D2 problem on the tenor, it sounds like the octave key needs adjusting. There are multiple springs in the octave mechanism, and their tension relative to one another is the key to proper operation.

02/28/2018 - Darren asks:
Hi Steve. I am an alto sax player who played 5-6 years in high school (jazz and honor bands) and then didn’t play again for around 20 years til I picked it up again a couple months ago and can barely put it down now. I have an Evette Buffet Crampon Alto Sax with the original Evette Buffet Crampon Mouthpiece paired with Rico 3 reeds. My reeds have been sitting for 20 years in the case or in a plastic case or the original reed cardboard box. How long should reeds last and is the evette crampon mouthpiece with rico 3 reeds a good setup or would you recommend switching to something else? Any advice you can offer is much appreciated!! I am finding I am struggling to get clean sound and some of the reeds have cracked or warped within a couple practice sessions. I don’t recall that fast a turnaround on reeds in my high school playing days.

Answer:

get rid of any reeds that are cracked, warped, split, or chipped. A box of fresh reeds is probably in order. Contrary to what you may have been told, reeds do not improve with age.

02/28/2018 - Ronnie Mac Chestnut asks:
Hi Steve, I have a Cannonball Big Bell Stone Series Arc Soprano. I am using the Cannonball Classic Mouthpiece. I am having a hard time hitting a high C and it is almost impossible to go higher. Would a mouthpiece change be helpful?

Answer:

Going to a high baffle mouthpiece is the first thing I would try. Take a look at our Saxgourmet soprano mouthpiece. I believe it will help solve your problem.

 

02/22/2018 - Rick B asks:
Hi SteveJust to add to the Conn relacqured New wonder II it was heavly buffed and still plays great. I like to show this to you if I’m in your town in the future. Maybe lay to rest the “relacqured issue. You may then be able to tell why it still plays great. Your the Man, and will Know.

Answer:

I would be happy to take a look at it

02/22/2018 - Rick B asks:
Hi Steve,I have one of my Conn New wonder II’s Tenors that was relacqured. about 12 years ago when I purchased it that way. When other sax players see it they say, “Man that’s messed up!”.But when they play one it its a different story. So I know from this point, that it reduces the $ value and demand because of it, but isn’t it …… “all about the sound” to begin with????

Answer:

a properly done relacquer has no adverse effect on sound

02/22/2018 - Ramon J. asks:
Hello Steve. I have a very wonderful Buffet Dynaction Alto (35xx), and I unfortunately lost my neck screw at a gig. I was wondering if there was any way for me to measure the thread pitch without the screw as I was already interested in purchasing a high mass neck screw anyways, and playing without a screw has seriously changed my sound for the worse. Thanks in advance.

Answer:

I think I know the thread pitch

 

02/22/2018 - Paula asks:
I was wondering if you will bring back the Saxgourmet Derek Nash rose brass alto saxophone? I think I red that only 25 were made, but i’ve been interested in it for almost 2 years!

Answer:

that was a special limited production model for the UK market….there will be no more

02/15/2018 - Rick B. asks:
Hi Steve,I know these are cheap student Saxs, but if there was a choose which one do you think is better? A 1955 16M Tenor Conn or a Selmer 1971 Signet with the “S” brace? Also what is your take one the Selmer Padless type Sax? (I may have a change at purchasing the Selmer.)

Answer:

Get the Signet……avoid the padless…..you can’t get the rings…..they have to be custom made$$$$$$$$$

 

02/06/2018 - Mike Lachnitt asks:
Just got in a Leblanc alto for a repad. First time working this model. I remember you saying this sax required a special thickness pad. Pads are held in by a small disc screwed to a stud. Simular to snap-ins. I plan on installing new pads like any sax with shellac and then screwing on the small disc that previously held in the pads. Or should I suggest to my customer we remove the stud from the key cups and install pads with modern resonators and which style do you think would work best for classical or community band playing? Thanks for your time.

Answer:

please call me before you ruin that horn

02/06/2018 - Rick B. asks:
What’s your take on a 1967 BUESCHER 400 with the Varitone Pickup om the Underslung Tenor Sax Neck. Also it has the factor installed small tube that runs the back of the sax and a 1/8 audio plug jack comes out of it. There are also four thread nibs soldered to the bell. I believe this is was the amp hardware was attached. Still plays very nice and full. Is this rare model? Nice dark honey colored original finish on the horn. (at least it was not refinished if anything.)

Answer:

that is an extremely rare horn, although without the amplifier I don’t think there would be any demand

01/31/2018 - Bill asks:
My left thumb joint at the very base of my left thumb has become painful to use when pushing the octave key down. Any suggestions?

Answer:

we’re currently working on a new left hand thumb rest which we hope to bring to market in a couple of months

01/31/2018 - Peggy Miller asks:
Hi Steve, I don’t see how I can attach a picture to this form. Can you please tell me so I can send you a picture of my sax stand? Thanks!

Answer:

send it to nationofmusic@cox.net

01/31/2018 - Rick B. asks:
Just wanted to know if you have any info (Good or Bad) on a Conn 1955 16M which I just picked up for $150 include the Conn original case. How does it stack up to other horns in that class? Thanks

Answer:

it’s the same as other cheap student horns of the period…..there’s no market for them……they were built with durability in the hands of children in mind, not musicality

01/31/2018 - Paul Lacey asks:
Hi Steve,A customer of mine has recently purchased one of your Evolution alto sax necks, which I have just fitted for him. There is one of your neck enhancers fitted as standard. How are these fitted, only it seems “stuck” in the neck. Is it soldered, glued or just an interference fit? My customer wants to try the neck with and without the enhancer, but I didn’t want to force it out without knowing how it was fitted.ThanksPaul

Answer:

they are installed with an industrial adhesive. The enhancer is part of the design parameter of the neck.

01/21/2018 - Darrell Hamilton asks:
One of your hi-end competitors offers a curved soprano in solid silver. You (used to) offer one that is practically solid copper. Since I’ve tried neither of them can you describe the difference between the two types?

Answer:

Copper gives a broader spectrum, with more mids and lows. This is important in preventing the soprano from sounding thin and shrill. Silver responds quicker, but sounds pretty much like brass.

 

01/21/2018 - marty asks:
hi steve i am currently blowin a berg larsen metal on me tenor i would like to find out more about thes rockin rotweiller mouthpiece

Answer:

what would you like to know?

01/21/2018 - Darrell Hamilton asks:
Does the key height parameter (30% of tone hole diameter) apply to all (SATB) saxes?

Answer:

YES…..it’s basic physics

01/21/2018 - Rick B asks:
Just picked up a conn tenor saxophone. serial number shows that it is a very early 1955. Think its a 16M because of the pinky table but has no model number stamped om it. Engraving is very plain with just Conn ect. Keys are that silver color and body is brass colored., No rolled tone holes Did Conn send out some horns without the model number, or was this one of the first models they have not yet decided on the model number.

Answer:

none of the above……I think you’ve got a 16M

01/21/2018 - Peggy MIller asks:
Hi Steve, I bought this from you last year and it’s the BEST sax stand ever! https://www.nationofmusic.com/shop/saxrax-stands/saxrax-tenor-saxophone-x-stand/ The little bolt fell out of the side, though, and it keeps coming apart. Could I buy a couple from you, or could you tell me what size, name of that bolt is so that I can buy one? I’m thinking about getting an X stand for my alto soon… Thanks!

Answer:

I don’t understand which bolt you’re talking about. Please send a picture so I can help you

01/21/2018 - Marquett asks:
Steve, Just watched your video on your key clamps… the price you quoted was $50 and I see $80 on the website. Is there a discount code that I need for the $50 price?

Answer:

all you have to do is get into your time machine and go back about seven years…..that’s a very old video….the current price is always on the website

01/21/2018 - James Adams asks:
Hi Steve. Opinion on Selmer Radio Improved – tweaked súper or model in its own right?

Answer:

it’s a seriously over priced (usually) Super

12/27/2017 - Avery Bumgarner asks:
Mr. Goodson,I received one of your hard rubber alto mouthpieces for Christmas and it plays like a dream. It really helps me get the dark, rich sound that I love so much. My dad said you told him you only face them with a .073 tip opening when he called, but the top of the piece is stamped .090. Is that the size of the opening or is it a .073? Either way it plays beautifully with my unfiled 3M reeds, I’d just like to know for sure so I can know which reeds would match best with it. I hope you’ve had a very merry Christmas! Thanks!

Answer:

it’s a .073…..I faced it myself

12/21/2017 - Rick B. asks:
Just by chance I picked up a Dukoff Fluted chamber tenor mouthpiece at a Goodwill store which looks old. What exactly is a fluted chamber?

Answer:

there are ribs or “flutes” on the mouthpiece interior

12/19/2017 - Dave Blinzinger asks:
Hi Steve, you may remember me, Dave from Canada with the 28M alto? I have a question about my Conn New Wonder 1921. I cannot seem to use a Brilhart short shank large chamber mouthpiece on my horn, I have to pull out so far on the mouthpiece, it literally falls off the the neck cork before I can tune it. It is way sharp. I have to use a smaller chamber, longer shank piece, yet my Florida link works, but am still left not being able to use certain pieces. I posted my question on Vintage Conn saxophone Corner at https://www.facebook.com/groups/93835376526/. Can you offer me some advice. You can post right on the Facebook page if you like. Thank you man, you are a great resource for all things Conn! PS, I love your videos on making money at music. Most people don’t understand these days about being a professional musician. It is good to hear from someone like yourself with real experience!

Answer:

call me

12/12/2017 - Bob Price Conroe Texas asks:
Do you know where I can find a pivot screw for a Selmer Balanced Action Alto? A friend of mine has lost one

Answer:

I think those are the same as Mk VI screws…..if so, I’ve got some

12/11/2017 - Rick Gaylord asks:
Any chance you will have a new soprano sax coming out?

Answer:

yes…..we have a new model currently under development, which will become a part of the Super 400 Series II family

12/05/2017 - Terry White asks:
Hi Steve. I enjoy your Tuesday night videos. I have an Antiqua Winds Soprano which gurglles on the lower notes. You have said that the fix is to thread the inside of the neck. Is this something that my local repairman can do? Or is this something that I should send to you?

Answer:

We don’t offer that service. I would think any good repair shop could do that for you. When it’s done, be sure that the neck tenon and the body receiver are both perfectly round.

12/05/2017 - Rick B asks:
Hi Steve: What are you opinions on the Conn 10m’s Tenor saxs manufactured from 1955 to 1959? Thanks again for you info. (Also is there a “best year(s) for them?)

Answer:

Those horns are a great buy. They play just as well as the earlier 10m’s and can be had at a fraction of the price. I think all of the production years are the same.

 

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05/16/2016 - John lewis asks: About my saxophone origin age is itany good "I have a silver saxophone markings regaltone 57 New Compton SIW.C.2. Perfected french manafacture . 4357 also8845 numberbelow thumb hold. Any information would be welcomed." Answer:
I haven't a clue.....there are a zillion "house brand" horns from a huge number of different manufacturers.....send me some clear, detailed pictures and maybe I'll recognize some features that will help identify it
04/28/2016 - Tonya asks: Tenor sax "We just received our tenor saxophone and there was a black circle plastic piece on the back. What is that? Is it supposed to be there?" Answer:
please send a picture......I don't have a clue what you are talking about
04/14/2016 - Bill Scavotto asks: Sax Neck Screws "Do you need 2 neck screws ? 1 for the neck and 1for the lyre in order produce a better sound. " Answer:
I am not contending that the screws alter the sound
02/04/2016 - Darien King asks: Vento saxophones "I have been looking at Vento saxophones and I want to know if it is a good brand." Answer:
why aren\'t you looking at our Saxgourmet saxophones?
01/04/2016 - Thad Noland asks: Tenor Key Clamps "Hi, there Steve. Happy New Year to you!\\r\\n\\r\\nI have a quick question regarding the your tenor sax key clamps:\\r\\n\\r\\n I see that you have the old style tenor clamps on clearance for $50. What are the differences between the old and new style clamps and is there an advantage to using the new design over the old?\\r\\n\\r\\nThanks for your time. All the best.\\r\\n\\r\\n - Thad" Answer:
the exterior coating on the old style is not as soft and the interior wire is not as springy
01/04/2016 - Gilbert asks: Thumb rest "Hello Steve. My name is Gilbert. Do your ergo thumb rests fit curved soprano saxes? If so are they all the same size?" Answer:
yes we do......
01/02/2016 - Alex asks: Conn 10m neck "I have a 65 conn 10m in great condition. I have 2 questions... One is in your opinion is there a difference between the 65 and a lady face from the earlier years? And number two is how could your neck improve the tone and the altissimo register on my horn? Thanks " Answer:
if you own a 1965 10M, it has a double socket neck, which we don\'t currently manufacture. The later 10M\'s are dimensionally identical to the earlier versions, but have some minor keywork and cosmetic variations.
12/14/2015 - Hayden asks: Necks "What are the main differences between the evolution tenor neck, and the one with the nodal weights. " Answer:
taper and materials
11/24/2015 - Hayden Eighmy asks: Yamaha neck "Hello Steve, I\\\'m in the market to buy a new neck for my Yamaha 62 tenor. I\\\'ve been looking at the V1 neck from Yamaha as it has the largest bore size for a bigger sound. How would you compare both models of your neck to this one. And what would be the advantages of buying your neck vs the Yamaha neck. " Answer:
the Yamaha neck is basically a straight cone....if you will play the overtone series on your horn, you will note that the overtones get progressively sharper as they increase in pitch.....you must compensate for this by using a parabolic cone taper, which we do......the two necks have different average diameters (the Evolution is larger) and are made from different materials: the Evolution is copper, which is darker.
10/17/2015 - Crystal asks: Ligature "Ok, so my Alto Sax friends are telling me that a leather ligature HAS to go outward instead of inward, because it effects the tone of the saxophone. Is this true?? Or does it even matter??" Answer:
I don't understand what you mean.....
10/13/2015 - joe nickerson asks: cases "hi steve.. couldn\'t find any info on what type of case the super 400 comes in.. and I assume my otto link ny will fit the necks no prob.. thanks.. ????\r\n" Answer:
the case is a leather covered rectangular wood `fully lined with slots for BOTH necks.....the hardware is brass
10/11/2015 - joe nickerson asks: super 400 "steve I seriously plan to buy a super 400 from you but I have 2 questions:\r\n\r\nmy credit card limit is 3 grand.. I bought a yts custom Z tenor and and an ex875 soprano from quin the esximo (sic) on ebay 6 years ago and paid direct bank transfer.. it\'s the best and goes through fast.. is that ok with you? just need an iban number nowdays..\r\n\r\nalso, I much prefer the low yamaha action to high selmer action, so will I be comfortable on a super 400? hope so!\r\n\r\nok.. when you have time.. I will be ready somewhere around xmas time..\r\n\r\nthank you, sincerely\r\n\r\njoe nickerson" Answer:
check your email......
10/01/2015 - Michael Elswick asks: 1963 Buffet Tenor, SDA, Sparkle Lacquer "I\'ve been repairing for 43 years but I haven\'t seen one of these. It still has the original screw in pads which have gone south. It is also in mint condition. I was thinking about putting chocolate Roo pads in it. Any words of wisdom or warnings? By the way, I was at your house about 3 years ago during Jazz Fest. Charles Neville walked in while we were talking. He wanted to borrow a horn from you for a performance that day. \r\nThanks for anything you can pass on to me.\r\n\r\nMichael " Answer:
try the new extreme 'roo pads......it's simply the finest pad available at any price.......you might want to consider enlarging the resonators.....the original ones are far too small
09/17/2015 - john stokes asks: Selmer model 26 soprano d sharp trill pearl "Hi Steve I find that playing up from low d to e I am still fingering the trill pearl\r\nHence playing a double d.would it be a done thing to modify the e pearl ; make it higher so I clear the trill button.thanks john uk res" Answer:
I don't see anything wrong with lowering that trill key pearl......I always found that particular system difficult to use
08/24/2015 - Terry Bedford asks: Gourmet sax thumb rest "Hi Steve do you make your thumb rest in black as shown on you tube" Answer:
yes we do......go to the Thumbrests category on the top menu
08/23/2015 - Terry Bedford asks: Gourmet thumb rest "Hi Steve, do you make a black one like you use on you tube" Answer:
yes we do......
08/23/2015 - Terry Bedford asks: Gourmet saxophone thumb rest "Hi Steve do you make the thumb rest in black like the one on you tube" Answer:
yes......it's on our site
08/15/2015 - Yoni Kretzmer asks: Wooden 10* mouthpiece "Dear Steve,\r\nI would like to know whether you take custom orders? \r\nI\'m interested in ordering a 10* wooden Jack of Spades mouthpiece, would that be possible?\r\n\r\nMany thanks\r\nYoni" Answer:
sure.....we can do a custom opening.....please define 10* in terms of thousandths of an inch.....we charge the basic shop rate ($100/hr) over and above the cost of the mouthpiece for custom facing
08/10/2015 - bill asks: king super 20/silver sonic "My father passed away 5 years ago and left me a 1960\'s King Super 20 Silver Sonic Tenor Saxophone. In want to sell it but don\'t know what amount to sell it for. Is there someone who might know? My serial number is 433160. It looks like the keys are mother of pearl, but I don\'t know if the bell and neck are silver. I suspect it was made in either 1967 or 1968. It looks like it is gold plated and engraved and in fantastic condition considering my father only used it very rarely. Had it serviced about 4 years ago and has since only sat in it\'s case. Thank you" Answer:
see our Vintage Saxophone Value Guide at www.saxgourmet.com be sure to read the preface in order to make the necessary adjustments!
08/09/2015 - Bernardo tapia asks: Music "Mr goodson where can i find some of your music and can you recomend a shop for an overhaul on my alto. " Answer:
send your horn to the Pro Shop at MusicMedic.com they are the very best in the world I never recorded any original music
08/05/2015 - Stephan asks: Need a good mouthpiece for a Martin Committee II "Hi Steve,\r\nI want a good mouthpiece for a Martin Committee II. Prefereably to emphasize the old deep and fat sound of that sax.\r\nWhat would you suggest?\r\n\r\nthanks\r\n\r\nStephan" Answer:
alto or tenor?
08/02/2015 - Anthony Patrizio asks: Necks for C- Melody sax "I have a neck that came with my Conn and it looks like an alto neck with the tuner nob on it. I was wondering if you have a tenor-looking neck that would fit\r\nthis C- Melody Sax. Are all the neck diameters for C- Melody the same?\r\nThanks, " Answer:
there is a HUGE variation in C-Melody necks, just as there is with all saxophone necks. Beware of anybody who tries to tell you that "one size fits all"...... unfortunately, we're not in the C-Melody business
08/02/2015 - Dave Hurley asks: soloing lessons "Steve,\r\nGreetings from Nerdalicious World Headquarters up here in Portsmouth Virginia! I am interested in finding out who or where is a great place to learn soloing and improvisational lessons from. It\'s the next step for me as the classical training has had me ... stalled and wanting to do a lot more with my capabilities. (dayjob and family obligations aside) I know you are pretty booked and my current instructor is classical style only. I love jazz (some forms, not most) and indie rock primarily. I have a bari and alto in my inventory (yours) and am currently focused on the alto, but bari is where my heart lies. Please let me know what your ideas are when you can.\r\nthanks,\r\nDave Hurley" Answer:
contact Tim Price......he gives great lessons via Skype.....tell him you're my third cousin
07/31/2015 - Karen asks: alto sax mute "Hi,\r\nI am interested in purchasing one of your alto sax mutes, but the international\r\nshipping charge of $75 is rather steep in relation to the cost of the mute. \r\n\r\nDo you have a distributor in Canada perhaps?\r\n\r\nThanks.\r\n" Answer:
Sorry, we only sell our products on this website......unfortunately, international postage rates are beyond our control
07/24/2015 - Alan Kays asks: Couf Superba I Alto Intonation and Neck Concerns "Steve, I purchased my H Couf Superba1 alto new while a music major at the U of Houston in/around 1979/80. My sax teacher was upset at not buying a Selmer and claimed time and time again the horn played out-of-tune and suggested I investigate necks. No internet or access to that concept at that time, so I eventualIy moved on to another career and started playing in a community band about 6-years ago. The horn has been a constant problem in the upper register. Mid and lower register corrected with stronger reed. A local tech put new Roo pads on it about 4-years ago and problems still persisted. They looked at it again a few months ago and opened the keys up against my wishes, claiming they just set it to spec. Well, its worse. From D2 on up it 15-25 cents sharp. So I am wondering if it really could be the neck? The intonation is fine until activating the octave key. I just need some direction. Music Medic wanted $1700-$2200 to re-do the horn and doubt its the neck. The horn is only worth about $2200 per your prices, so I am not sure what to believe or how much to invest. I have a 4 year old Custom Z tenor and its pretty spot on so I know its the horn. Can you give me some direction? Thanks, Alan Kays from Houston." Answer:
if you have technicians trying to resolve intonation problems, you seriously need to find someone who knows what they are doing, because that won't work......our Evolution solid copper neck will greatly improve intonation and response.....we make a model that is appropriate for your horn
07/04/2015 - jake madonia asks: sax case "hi, i just bought a yamaha custom ex, and i love the case but since its made of leather i don\'t want it to get dinged up do to gigging and travel. is there some sort of canvas cover to zip my case up in that acts as a shell over the leather to preserve it" Answer:
I believe that several companies make case covers.....I'm not in that business, but it shouldn't be too hard to find somebody who is
05/28/2015 - Chris DeLouis asks: New Case "Hey Steve, I just got a 1925 Conn New Wonder II Baritone from an old teacher and the case is completely falling apart so I need a new one. I\'m a recent college graduate so I most likely can\'t afford the BAM case and I\'m not really interested in a soft shell case. What are your suggestions?" Answer:
ProTec is a good value for the money
05/17/2015 - Heather Strong asks: Blessing Saxophone "Hello,\r\nI was thinking of selling my Alto Sax because I just don\'t play anymore but I don\'t know what is a reasonable price to ask for it. On the bell there is an engraving that says, \"Blessing Elkhart Indiana\". I have learned from my high school music teacher that it has an extra key near the alternative for the B flat. The serial number for my sax is 701680 and under that it says Taiwan. I was just hoping for some information because I am having little luck looking it up online. \r\nThank you for your help,\r\nHeather Strong " Answer:
I am not familiar with that model
05/12/2015 - Ben C asks: Travel Cases for S400 Tenor "I have one of the first-series Super 400 Tenors and need to know which brand Travel Cases will fit it as I need to check it as luggage on an airplane. Any help is appreciated - thanks and still love the horn to this day!" Answer:
Get an Anvil......there's really nothing else as good......I've used them for years
05/07/2015 - Stew Taylor asks: YANAGISAWA student Alto "Hi Steve;\r\n\r\nI have a YANAGISAWA student model alto sax serial # 3701126.\r\nMade in Japan with Yang symbol on the neck key and at the serial number.\r\nIt only has 1 palm key \"D\" and no bell keys ( B & Bb missing )\r\nThere is a tone hole for the \"B\" at the back of the bell. \r\nThese keys are not missing \r\n- the instrument was obviously made for young students to begin on.\r\nDo you have any info on the sax?" Answer:
I never saw one like that!
04/15/2015 - Mikey Rivera asks: Alto sax power pip set "Hi mr.Goodson I have a student interested in purchasing a set of your power pips for an alto yanagisawa 991 model. Do you have this in stock or is it custom order? Please let me know so I could tell him. Thanks for your time as always best wishes." Answer:
Yes…..they are in stock!
04/10/2015 - Bruno asks: Cuello para buffet super dynaction (28mm) "Yo necesito un cuello para mi saxophone tenor buffet super dynaction\r\nNecesito que usted me envie informacion sobre el cuello que puedo comprar.\r\nLa medida exterior para el cuello es de 28mm \r\nEspero que sea posible enviar a españa\r\nGracias" Answer:
sorry, English ONLY
04/01/2015 - Odd Henning Utterdahl asks: Saxophones "Hello, from Norway. Does your saxophones including hard case/bag ? I am in the market for a tenor-sax. For home entertainment, melody, all-round and not screaming stage work. Have bin recommended Keilwerth and Yanagisawa T992 Brass. For their high build quality and intonation. I like dynamic and pianissimo qualities. What model of your horns will you recommend ? You answer to my mail, please ?" Answer:
All of our saxophones come with a hard shell case…..look at our new Super 400 Series II
03/30/2015 - Petre Cornel bogdan asks: Neck sax "Hy i from rominia...i have sax tenor mark vi silver...and i want change your neck ..vers dark....please help-me..." Answer:
order our Evolution solid copper neck…..it works very well on Mk VI horns
03/26/2015 - deana dickerson asks: Alto Sax LeBlanc (Paris, France, semi-rationelle, SN 523) "I have a LeBlanc alto sax (SN 523, Paris France) purchased mid 50s but in excellent condition that I now want to sell. I am told it is a semi-rationelle design worth up to $2000.. What are the best sites to list this instrument for sale and how can I reach potential buyers who might appreciate this quality instrument?" Answer:
eBay reaches the largest market
03/05/2015 - Harley asks: 1920\'s mpc for 1925 Buescher tenor sax "Hello Steve, Hope all is well with you, Jimmy Carpenter, who plays one of your tenors, referred me to your site. I have a 1926 silver plate Buescher Tenor Sax. It doesn\'t play well with new mouthpieces. I have located two 1920 mpc\'s for sell. A Buffet-Crampon L ebony and a Selmer Table C. I am hopeful that purchasing a mpc made during the same era as the horn will produce a stable sound. Would you please give me your opinion on the mpc\'s that I am looking at and anyother input that would be helpful in making a determination of what mpc to buy.\r\nThanks Harley" Answer:
Get our Black Beauty….it will far outplay either of the mouthpieces you referenced
02/18/2015 - Joe Whiting asks: King Zephyr Special "Hi Steve;, I came across a King Zephyr Special Tenor. The case is shot, the horn stinks, no silver neck, the finish is pitted, it needs a complete overhaul and cleaning. It does have the double socket neck and the serial # is 271014. All mother of pearl touches are intact and engraving is still sharp. The lacquer is original and hasn\'t been played in many years. Is it worth putting the money into ? I play a Conn 10M circa 1962 with your Super Duck .120 mp. As always, thanks Steve. Joe" Answer:
without an original neck, which would probably be impossible to find, no
02/18/2015 - Mark Rushing asks: Saxophone Mute "I love my new mute and have a question about it. I was very surprised at how light it was. I know you use heavy metals like copper on your horns, and wonder if a copper mute might sound different. Why is it so light in weight?" Answer:
If you use metals that are heavy, you then change the balance of the horn significantly. Even a couple of ounces makes a big difference. Minimal weight is the only way to go.
02/17/2015 - Roland Lenard asks: Custom Engraving on Saxgourmet Super 400 "The standard engraving is beautiful, but I would like more! What would it cost to have my name engraved on the bell rim instead of the floral pattern?" Answer:
Roland......'m sorry, but we don't currently offer that option......HOWEVER, I'll be happy to introduce you to my friend Jaice DuMars or my friend Sherry Huntley......either of them could do a great job for you!
02/17/2015 - Gary Ecks asks: Rolled Tone Holes "Steve,\r\nWhy do you use rolled tone holes on some models, but straight tone holes on others? I would have thought that one or the other would have proven clearly superior. Please explain" Answer:
the answer is that some customers prefer the "feel" of one type over another. There is absolutely NO acoustic difference
01/29/2015 - Dave Jarman asks: Evette Tenor Sac "Hi Steve,\r\n\r\nI just bought a closet tenor sax that is labeled \"Evette\". The serial number is N135693. It looks like a 1960\'s horn, but I can\'t find a cross reference to the serial # on any of the sax web sites. You are my go to guy for all things saxy. Got any idea what this horn really is? It was less than $200 and plays well so if it\'s a nuthin\' I won\'t feel bad" Answer:
If it's in good shape, that can be a real bargain. They sourced horns sold under the Evette brand name from many different factories. The serial numbers mean nothing due to all of the different sources.
01/23/2015 - Corey Morris asks: Baffle Designs "Hi Steve, it\'s been quite some time since I\'ve had a question, hope all is well. I\'m curious about the geometry of two styles of high baffles as they transition into the chamber. Some mouthpiece models go with a straight cliff that simply drops off into the chamber, whereas others go with the \"bullet\" style. What, if any, effect does this have on the mouthpiece on how it sounds/responds. Thank you!" Answer:
the only real difference is the overall volume. I don't think the shape of the transition has much to do with anything.
01/23/2015 - Delores Clinton asks: to buy different neck for my crampon 400 alto what size I ne "I want to enhance sound of my sax selmer a much in price but will buy if it will improve the sound can you suggest another one?" Answer:
get our Evolution model. We make one specifically for your horn.
01/21/2015 - Mark Austen asks: Saxgourmet Sax Mute all Soprano to Tenor "Hi Steve,\r\n\r\nI\'m a Blind Saxophonist base in the UK. I have played Jazz mainly from the 30\'s on with a number of bands. My Jazz name is \'Blindy\' Austen.\r\nI practice as much as I can and have tried various ways of muting my Sax when practicing. (although my neighbours are fairly understanding)\r\n\r\nI have heard your demonstration of the Saxgourmet Saxophone Mute on YouTube and think it would enable me to practice for hours without disturbing anybody. \r\n\r\nI have searched the net for a UK supplier of the Mute without a great deal of success. Could you please advise where or if I can buy at the your Sax Mute in the UK.\r\n\r\nBest regards,\r\n\r\nMark \'Blindy\' Austen" Answer:
we don't sell our products through dealers, only off this website. We ship worldwide, and have many customers in the UK.
01/20/2015 - Mike Medley asks: Sax Necks "Hi, Steve!\r\n\r\nI have interest in replacing a few necks for my horns. I have a \"matching set\" of NY anodized nickel Dave Guardala alto and tenor saxes, though I think they are the B&S-manufactured ones. They were the last ones of the set that WWBW had when I had a theft of my first MkVI tenor in 2006. The Guardalas came with two necks - silver and the nickel plated to match the horns. Both necks on both horns sound a bit bright to my taste. On my alto, neither neck cares for metal mouthpieces (Bari, Larsen, Link, JodyJazz) - they balk and misbehave in various/different registers. For my tenor, the Ponzol M2 Plus in gold plate and a metal Brillhart are difficult to play on the horn. The Ponzol HR plays just fine, as do a C* (round chamber), and Rousseau New Classic. For the alto, Meyer, Rousseau, Semer Larry Teal, Jody Jazz HR all play fine. I also have a MkVI tenor (another) that has a somewhat crushed neck. It does not play very well at all. \r\n\r\nWhat can you offer for these different situation/setups?\r\n\r\nThanks!!!\r\n\r\nMike Medley" Answer:
We make our Evolution model neck in different models, including models specific for your Selmer and your B&S Guardala. It's the best choice
01/07/2015 - David Carpenter asks: Baritone Saxophone "Hi Steve, I have a Voodoo Master Alto and LOVE it!! I noticed you don\'t have any Baritones on your site for sale anymore. Have you stopped making them? If not when will more be available? It was going to be my next horn and I want to be one of yours.\r\n\r\nThanks!!" Answer:
We're between models! Watch for our Super 400 baritone late in 2015
01/01/2015 - Tim Rummelhoff asks: Balanced Action mods "Hello:\r\n Just wondering if it’s possible to modify both of the thumb rests of my 1937 Selmer Balanced Action tenor without any soldering.\r\n Although I love the sound of my Selmer BA tenor, I just can’t get used to the thumb rests. \r\n Is there any easy modification to adapt modern thumb rests to my horn?\r\n\r\nThanks!\r\n\r\nTim\r\n-- \r\nTim Rummelhoff\r\nTim Rummelhoff Photography\r\n5329 France Ave S.\r\nMinneapolis, MN 55410 USA\r\nOffice: 612 927-5953 \r\nCell: 612 418-9803\r\n\r\nYou can view my portfolio here:\r\nhttp://www.timrummelhoff.com/\r\n" Answer:
sure you can.....you just need to remove your current thumb rest and install a "modern" style backing plate......you can buy them from Allied Supply......they install in about 5 minutes
12/30/2014 - Joyce Carter asks: vintage mouthpieces "Hi. Can you tell me or direct me to a site where I can find out the differences between C melody mouthpieces and tenor mouthpieces. I also have some vintage mouthpieces that I thought were altos but not sure now. Seems like they are all different lengths from very short to too long. I am definitely confused. Thank you for your help.\r\nJoyce" Answer:
the difference is in size......not overall length, but in the volume of the chamber
12/26/2014 - Robert Crabtree asks: SG Mouthpiece "Steve, \r\nI recently bought a tenor mouthpiece for the bay. It was listed as a Saxgourmet outhpiece but it only has an \"SG\" on it. One of yours from sometime back? There are no other markings on it and it appears to be hard rubber (plastic?) with a golf ring around the base. What can you tell me about it?\r\nThanks and Happy Holidays.\r\n-Robert" Answer:
we made a series of plastic mouthpieces such as you described for a while
07/31/2014 - Steve Hall asks: Neck enhancer "Hi Steve! What can you tell me about the neck enhancer? Sounds too good to be true. BTW, I have a \'53 Martin Indiana tenor.\r\n\r\nhttp://www.ebay.com/itm/NECK-ENHANCER-FOR-TENOR-SAXOPHONE-by-NationofMusic-com-/190686441894" Answer:
http://nationofmusic.com/shop/neck-enhancers/saxgourmet-neck-enhancer-for-tenor/
07/28/2014 - John Clyde asks: Saxophone design question "When you added the high G key to your horns, how did you keep the body length the same as \"regular\" horns?" Answer:
The simple answer is this: the body tube is longer and the neck is shorter....the OVERALL length, of course, is the same.
07/26/2014 - Tom Tapscott asks: Response to Tyler "Tyler: get the Bob Fils! I bought one some time back to use as a \"back-up\" horn, but it\'s way more than that. I firmly believe it\'s the \"best kept secret\" in the saxophone world! There\'s simply nothing like it in that price range.\r\n\r\nSorry Steve, I just had to put in my 2-cents worth!" Answer:
Thanks, Tom......in the last couple of weeks, Bon Fils have been selling at a record pace.....I guess the word is getting around!
07/25/2014 - Buster Barnes asks: straight vs. curved alto "What (if any) is the advantage of a straight alto over a conventional alto?" Answer:
none that I know of......they do sound very DIFFERENT to the player because the sound is directed toward the floor.....it's a matter of perception, not reality.......if you analyze the spectrum, it's the same
07/25/2014 - Tom Tapscott asks: Vito Saxes "They\'re everywhere...and several different models/manufacturers it seems!\r\nCustomer dropped one off; serial number begins with a \"V\". Haven\'t seen one of those before. Key guards look like Conn, but rest of the horn looks like other Vitos I\'ve seen from the 60\'s/70\'s. Any ideas?" Answer:
That sounds to me like one of the early Kenosha made horns....please send some pictures and maybe I can tell you more
07/25/2014 - Tyler asks: Alto Sax "Hello sir. I am currently looking for an great alto for both classical and jazz in a very low price range. (Preferably under a grand- \r\n$1500 would be pushing it) I\'m currently stuck on a Bundy II and curious orwn your take on this.\r\nThank you" Answer:
take a look at our Bon Fils alto....In think it will fit both your needs and your budget.....let me know your questions
07/25/2014 - Carlos Guarnieri asks: Evette (1920 -25?) serial 568 "Hi Steve! A friend has a Buffet Crampon, Evette model and we would like to know what the price would be for sale. Silver plated almost 100%.\r\n\r\nThanks in advance\r\n\r\nBest wishes!\r\n\r\nCarlos" Answer:
There were many versions sold as Evette......please send me lots of clear, detailed pictures so I can identify it for you
06/12/2014 - Rod Berry asks: H. Couff Bari Neck Dimensions "Hi Steve, Here are the dimensions for the bari neck: Inside Diameter Top: .521 Inside Diameter Bottom: .805 Outside Diameter Bottom: .882 Bottom Neck Tenon Length: .665, 7.60 is the neck length. This is determined by placing the top of the neck (mouthpiece end) on a steel scale and rolling the neck till it rotates to the bottom of the tenon. I guess we could call the exterior top side length. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks Rod" Answer:
have you contacted Herb Couf?
06/12/2014 - Chas Miller asks: Synthetic Reeds "I am curious in the difference between your synthetic reed and fibracell, i have been playing for about a year and half now; ever since my friend turned me on to synthetic reeds, love them. just wondering how yours compares to fibracell, i always look to find the best product on the market. thanks Chas Miller" Answer:
Our reeds are made from an entirely different material and have an entirely different profile
06/05/2014 - Rod Berry asks: replacement neck "Hi Steve, Hope your beautiful bride is still on the mend !!! I have a H. Couff low A bari that Herb picked for me a long time ago and I am looking for a replacement neck. I had 2 necks and one has grown legs and wondered off. The missing one I used for classical work. I use an old Selmer D for classical playing. What do you recommend ? Thanks Rod" Answer:
I honestly don't know……I'd need the specs on that bari…..I don't have one of that model here
05/27/2014 - Hayden asks: Looking at a new sax "I've been using a yamaha 62-iii tenor for some time now and am looking to upgrade. What horns should I look for in the $3000 dollar range? " Answer:
Our Voodoo Mster
04/29/2014 - Loren Peters asks: SAXRAX Bari head for bass stand "Do you have this piece? I tried ordering from another vendor and they say it is backordered." Answer:
Am correct that you need one for a SaxRax stand that you have? If so, which version (a picture would help) as there are a couple of different ones…..feel free to call my office during business hours and I'll be glad to try to help you
03/29/2014 - DICKIE ROSSER asks: tenors "i got a gourmet maybe 6 or 7 years ago from jim at LA sax.Last week it was stolen.i'm a pro playing with johnny dee and rocket 88's in ATX.i was wondering which horn is closest to the one i had.i think they told it was you batch of gourmets.this is the best horn i have ever owned and want another." Answer:
Dickie: The Super 400 is probably the most similar, but it's far, far better…..it has many more features, and the playability is considerably improved. Give me a call at 504-324-3850 with your questions.
03/19/2014 - Troy Perry asks: What reeds match which mouthpieces? "Just putting this in so you can answer for everyone what you just told me on the phone. \\r\\n\\r\\nWhat reeds match best with each of your mouthpieces? \\r\\n\\r\\nI know there are lots of factors, but you just explained to me that La Voz medium-soft match up best with my new Blues Blaster Tenor and 1926 Buescher Aristocrat. That was really helpful, since I\\\'m just starting out on sax. Thanks!" Answer:
I\'ll get this information together in the near future and post it……maybe listing a suggested reed for each different mouthpiece
03/18/2014 - william asks: mouthpiece "A friend of mine has one of your silver metal mouthpieces #8, he bought it used from another sax player. I played the mouthpiece, and found it suited my playing style. but I can\\\'t find where to buy one. could you help me\\r\\nthanks" Answer:
We haven\'t made any of that specific model for about ten years.......if you like that one, get our Blues Blaster .105......it\'s really better, but \"blows\" about the same so it should suit you just fine.....if you have any questions, feel free to call me during business hours and I\'ll be happy ot answer any of your questions
03/15/2014 - Roland Lenard asks: Vintage Horn Parts "I have several old horns that I\\\'ve picked up at yard sales and thrift stores that need missing parts. Is there any source for vintage horn parts?" Answer:
Allied Supply has some.....the manufacturers rarely stock parts for anything other than current production......parts, particularly necks, are often impossible to find
03/15/2014 - Hollis Chatterfield asks: Pad Materials "Why haven\\\'t synthetic materials become common for saxophone pads. It looks to me like they might be better in many regards." Answer:
There have been several attempts over the years to use alternative materials. Selmer USA once made a series of horns with all neoprene pads. The simple fact of the matter is that leather (particularly kangaroo leather) works best, is readily available, and inexpensive.
03/10/2014 - Emilee Griffith asks: Bari Sax Low Rider Jazz Mouthpiece "Hello, I was wondering what the return policy on mouthpieces are. The Low Rider bari mouthpiece sounds awesome, but I was just curious in case I purchased one and it didn\\\'t work for me. Thanks!\\r\\n\\r\\n- Emilee Griffith" Answer:
See our Terms of Service and call me (504) 324 - 3850 with your questions. It\'s all there in black and white so there cannot possibly be any misunderstandings.
03/05/2014 - andreas asks: saxgourmet roopads resonators color "Hi Steve,\\r\\nI\\\'ve just been chatting with some of the musicmedic.com guys. They say: the finish/color of the resonators do not have an effect on the projection of the horn. I will buy the airtight resonator but wich color? Is there really no difference between silver or gold? Or brass and copper? It cant be only a aesthetic decission? \\r\\ngreetings from berlin\\r\\nandreas" Answer:
The color does not matter, but the material makes a big difference! We use copper in our horns, and believe it gives the broadest spectrum of sound.
03/04/2014 - Robert Peart asks: Category Five Tenor "I understand that pretty much everything on the Category Five is handmade, and is put together by a master technician who most likely has twice the amount of patience that I do, but why is it $15,000? I\\\'m just curious is all.\\r\\n\\r\\nSincerely, \\r\\n\\r\\nBobby Saxx" Answer:
Why wouldn\'t it be $15,000? There\'s nothing else like it anywhere at any price......BTW, there is currently a waiting list for Category Fives.....and yes, everybody who has ordered one paid $15,000
02/18/2014 - James Walden asks: Conn tenor c97888 1964 Elkhart Ind "I believe my horn originally had the double socket neck. Does you Conn neck work on this horn? Thanks, James 702-526-3982 30mm outer, 28.25 mm inner." Answer:
We only manufacture single socket necks…..I am unaware of anyone making double socket necks at this time
02/16/2014 - Mel Garcia asks: Bari sax case "Hello, I have a Yanagisawa 992 bari, it\'s 11 years old and still in great shape but the case is beat to shit.\r\nDo you have a bari case that\'s a bit lighter than my stock case, with wheels and decent storage space?" Answer:
We are out of the case business......we just can't find a case that meets our standards at a price we will pay
02/15/2014 - Will Card asks: Why the ridges on resonators? "I really like the look of the resonators you use on your Saxgourmet horns. Besides looking great, do the ridges have an acoustic function?" Answer:
The ridges on the resonators serve only to increase the surface area.....they have no acoustic function outside of presenting a larger resonating surface......the exposed leather of the pad acts like a sponge and absorbs the sound......for this reason, the resonators should be as large as possible and the exposed pad leather kept to an absolute minimum.
02/14/2014 - Jeremiah Strickland asks: polishing the interior "Wouldn't polishing the inside of the horn make the air flow better?" Answer:
no....a slight roughness creates a "boundary layer" which acts as a lubricant and reduces friction. This is the same reason a golf ball has dimples. The reduction in friction allows the wave to pass more easily through the horn. It's the wave that matters, not the air!
02/13/2014 - Bill Moon asks: LA Sax serial numbers "I know you worked for LA Sax and wondered if you have a list of serial numbers that would enable me to date my alto. It\'s a black horn with gold keys and says LA Sax on the bell. It has a high G key and an extra front key just below the B. I have had it since 2006, and have always been very happy with it." Answer:
There's only one model series of LA Sax that has the high G key and upper stack speaker key: the 750/850 alto and tenor. These horns were built by Foo Pin in Taiwan, and I always thought they were the very best horns to ever wear that name. LA ax serial numbers are not and never were sequential and mean nothing. They are useless for dating a horn or identifying a specific model.
02/13/2014 - Will Holley asks: Altissimo Octave Key "I\'m the proud owner of one of your Steve Goodson Model tenors with the altissimo octave key. This key has really helped me get my altissimo notes into tune, and I really think it makes them easier to produce. I have two questions: first, it two keys are good, wouldn\'t three keys work better, since the altissimo hey is having to cover over an octave\'s worth of notes; and (2) Why did you ever quite making such a great horn?" Answer:
Nice to hear from you, Will! Yes, more octave keys would be better from an acoustic point of view. In fact, twelve would be the perfect number, with a dedicated octave key for every semi-tone of the chromatic scale. Unfortunately, that would be a mechanical nightmare, so it's just not practical. Yes, those were great horns. We haven't manufactured that model in over eight years, although an improved version of the altissimo system is used on our Category Five tenor. Many of the features found on the Steve Goodson Model will be found on the Category Three model when we decide to introduce it.
02/11/2014 - bob ackerman asks: sax neck sizes "I understand you have a listing of all the neck sizes (at the tip and maybe the beginning of the tenon) for vintage and modern sax\'s. \r\nHow do I see that?\r\n" Answer:
We don't publish that information
02/10/2014 - Angelo asks: Sax Thumb Rest/Hook "Hi Steve I was wondering if you supply your good friend Curt from Music Medic your Sax thumb rest?\r\nit looks just like your model!" Answer:
send me one of Curt's and I'll be happy to compare them for you
02/07/2014 - Maurice Harris asks: Who makes what? "Is there a resource somewhere that will tell me which factories in Asia make which saxophone brands? Are the horns made in the same factory the same except for the brand name on them?" Answer:
Insofar as I know, no such resource exists. I've had dealings with most of the Taiwanese factories and many of the major Chinese factories, and pretty much know (or can tell by examining a horn) which factory made it. Most of the factories will make anything youn want. The horns made for different brands are almost never the same.
02/05/2014 - Hayden asks: High g key "Hi Steve, I was wondering if you could let me know which tenors on the market come with keys up to high g.\r\n\r\nThank you,\r\nHayden" Answer:
There may be others ( although I try, I have not seen EVERY horn on the market today!), but insofar as I know, only the Saxgourmet Super 400 offers a high G.....I will certainly stand for correction if I'm wrong
02/03/2014 - Brandon Dorris asks: Big thumb ring on Conn New Wonder II Soprano "My soprano is one of my prized possessions, but the thumb rest kills me - both uncomfortable and in the way in the case. Do you know of any ways people have adjusted/customized?" Answer:
take it off and replace it with a modern style thumb rest.....you can get the base and hardware from Allied Supply......add our Saxgourmet thumb rest and you'll be very comfortable.....all it takes is very basic soldering skills.......let me know if I can help
02/03/2014 - Joey Hart asks: Low Bb Bari\'s Sound Better? "I\'ve heard lots of people say that a low Bb bari always sounds better than a low A bari. Is this true, and if it is, why?" Answer:
There is absolutely no reason this should be the case, unless the horn is poorly designed. There's a guy in Brazil building them down to low G with no problem. All you have to do is pay attention to the math. Of course, it is necessary to actually KNOW the math in the first place!
02/01/2014 - Charles Wallace asks: Centering Keys "I have noticed that on almost every saxophone I have examined there are at least some keys that are not centered over the tone hole. Is it possible to center these keys, and if so, how do you do it? Is it a problem than some of the keys are off centered? All of the pads seem to seal perfectly. I can\'t figure out how to fix this!" Answer:
I've done that a few times, and honestly believe it is an awful lot of work for a very marginal benefit. It actually DOES make the horn feel a little better in your hands. You center the key cup over the tone hole by bending the arm which attaches the cup to the rod. It takes a lot of trial and error, and you have to be super careful to avoid damaging the keys. Most keys are aligned plenty well enough from the factory. Like most other things in life, you pay a lot for that last 5% of perfection.
02/01/2014 - Harry Conoley asks: Wooden resonators "I took your advice and got a copy of the Ernest Ferron book \"The Saxophone Is My Voice\". It\'s a real treasure trove of information. He suggests using ebony wood discs as resonators and gluing them directly to the pad leather. I would like to hear your thought on this." Answer:
I did try that......I had a friend make a beautiful set of ebony resonators, custom sized for one of my Selmers....I glued them on using contact cement, which worked well enough......after a while, the resonators caused the leather to stretch and sag a little bit......they were just too heavy.
01/28/2014 - Corey Morris asks: Insertable Baffle Details "Hi Steve, I totally agree with you that from mouthpiece to mouthpiece, even of the same make and model, there are dimensional variations. Therefore, as you mentioned, customers are to send their mouthpieces to you so you can fit the baffle to their specific mouthpiece. How much are you charging, and what is the estimated time of getting the mouthpiece back after you receive it. Thanks so much, very interested, might have to hold off for a few months though since I still need the mouthpiece ready at hand." Answer:
well, since every job will be a custom job, we charge the base shop rate ($100/hr), billing for actual time. That's a lot less than my plumber, lawyer,accountant, doctor, or electrician charge me! We can turn it around in a week usually.
01/27/2014 - Coop Rod asks: Vito Sax "Steve, I have a sax that was given to me. Can you provide additional information, here is what I can share about the sax:\r\nStencil of Vito in a oval shape; Neck has a Leblanc logo; Extra key above the thumb (compared to another sax) and\r\nMouthpiece with Melodia and the Vito logo.\r\nIt has a nice sound, scratches, a little rust, the black case is pretty banged up with no marks.\r\nIt does have a number on it, I don\'t think it is the serial number from what I read.\r\nThank you, " Answer:
I really need to see some clear, detailed pictures.....please send them to sax gourmet@cox.net
01/24/2014 - Bud Bowman asks: Saxgourmet Horns "Thanks for your help, may need to look at your horns if the budget allows." Answer:
Let me know how I can help in any way......feel free to call me with your questions
01/23/2014 - Bud Bowman asks: Tenor Sax "Hey Steve,\r\nI\'ve been shopping for a tenor horn for my 16 tear old son. He enjoys playing Jazz and Blues. He has played a Selmer ref 54 alto for some time. I\'ve been looking at vintage horns Martin and Buffet to name a couple. Can you tell me the difference between an early 1950\'s Dynaction and a later Super Dynaction horn? I\'m trying to stay in a budget otherwise I would just get him a M-6. Any recommendations are appreciated. By the way your new horn looks to be the bomb!\r\nThanks Bud" Answer:
the later ones have S-1 style keywork.......I owned and used one for a while......I'm pretty sure the neck and tube are the same as the older ones........why aren't you looking at our Saxgourmet horns? If you like the Buffet, you will LOVE the Voodoo Rex!
01/23/2014 - Corey Morris asks: Insertable Baffle "Hi Steve, I saw update videos of yours about the insertable baffles you were designing a couple months ago. Are those something that were successful or did you terminate that project? I was really interested in them and was wondering what the status of those insertable baffles were. Thanks!" Answer:
the problem seems to be that you have to individually fit the baffles....there is just too much variation in mouthpieces to offer "off the shelf" baffles.....we've made quite a few for customers who sent us their mouthpiece, and they've all been very happy.
01/19/2014 - bryan anderson asks: student saxophone "student saxophones Why are they made so bad some of them I have noticed some saxophones are made bad why is this I ask this because if I was to become a musician with the sound\r\nOf some of them I would want to quit because of a bady made product " Answer:
you get what you pay for.....if you buy a cheap horn from a brand you never heard of, it's really hard to have any sympathy for you....
01/19/2014 - Nate asks: How do extra notes affect the way a horn resonates? "Hey Steve, its Nate again. I was just wondering what you could tell me about the presence of additional notes on saxophones, like a high f# on a alto or tenor, and definitely the low A on baritones. Do the extensions added to make these notes possible affect a horns sound? Thank you for your time and God bless, Nate." Answer:
If properly designed (which doesn't always happen!) there is no reason that extending the range should alter the natural sound of the horn.As you may know, several of our Saxgourmet models have an extended range to high G. The problem arises when horn manufacturers don't "do the math: and fail to calculate the proper placement and configuration of the keys.
01/18/2014 - Winston Irwin asks: Curved or straight soprano? "Which is better, a curved or a straight soprano, and why? I see that you no longer make a straight soprano, so I guess you like a curved one." Answer:
I believe that a curved soprano is FAR superior......with a straight soprano you are playing directly into the floor, not your microphone or your audience.....it's also hard to hear yourself with a straight soprano......this is why we only manufacture the very finest curved soprano in the world
01/14/2014 - Maurice Harris asks: Never Stick G# "Do you sell mechanism you use on your Super 400 tenor as a repair part or accessory? If so, could I add it to my Mauriat?" Answer:
Unfortunately, no.....this feature is exclusive to our horns (we use it on the Super 400 series and on the Category Five) and we don't offer it any other way. It only comes with a saxophone attached!
01/08/2014 - Kevin Sinclair asks: upper octave key "Steve,When my octave key on the neck closes, fingering G after A, it does a short series of settling bounces. I\'ve tried adjusting the spring, but am at that point of diminishing returns whereby the spring starts to be to soft making the key close sluggishly and not as responsive as desired. It happens in a fraction of a second so sound-wise it is that perceptible except for the unfavorable effect of setting the reed into \"overtone\" instability.\r\nAny experience with this and/or suggestions for remedy?" Answer:
I suspect that if you have adjusted the spring tension properly that the problem lies with some minor binding in the mechanism. Disassemble the entire mechanism and be certain that each part moves perfectly freely on its rod. While you have it taken apart, be sure that all of the silencing materials are perfectly smooth.This is a good time to replace any cork or felt with Teflon. You didn't tell me the brand and model of the horn, and this makes diagnoses extremely difficult.since there is a great deal of differentiation.
01/06/2014 - Michael asks: Saxophone case "I recently got a Reference 54 alto and love it, however the molded case that it came in is far too small to cary anywhere near all my gear with me, and I am fairly mobile as I am in an Army band. I am looking at a Protech Pro Pac case but concerned about how well it will hold the saxophone in place. It seems well reviewed but I want to do my due diligence. In my many years of playing I have never dropped a case from more than a foot high, but I do want to have my bases covered. What is your opinion of this pairing, and/or what case would you recommend for a budget? I know Bam makes selmer cases, but they are pricey." Answer:
Money spent for a good case is the best money you can spend, and a case (particularly as much as you travel) is not the place to "cheap out".....I highly recommend Walt Johnson cases......I've used them myself for many years, often in conjunction with Anvil flight cases.....be sure to ALWAYS keep your horn in key clamps when traveling.....this will help prevent damage. Let me know if I can help you in any way!
01/04/2014 - Bob Barton asks: Plastic Saxophones "What is your take on the plastic saxophones recently introduced by Vibrato-sax?" Answer:
I think it may prove to be a good idea, but right now their execution of the concept is not too good. There are some real issues with pitch and intonation. Another issue is that the price has risen to the point that there is no longer a price advantage enjoyed by the Vibrato-Sax. For the same money, you can buy a better playing conventional saxophone. I think the only advantage they currently have is novelty.
01/01/2014 - Bivens Hall asks: Saxgourmet@NAMM "I just read a list of exhibitors at the upcoming NAMM show and noticed that Saxgourmet was not listed. Will you be attending? Is there somewhere at the show I can try your horns?" Answer:
We stopped exhibiting at the NAMM show when we eliminated our dealer network and began selling our horns direct from our website only. I'd love to go to the show, but just don't have the time. You can try our horns using our home trial plan, or you can visit our showroom in New Orleans, or you can try them at MusicMedic's showroom in Wilmington, NC
12/29/2013 - Brian Johnson asks: Low F # key guard needed for older Mark VI tenor sax (Never "Hi Steve, (Miss your articles now that Sax Symposium went belly-up.)\r\n\r\ni bought a new key guard that would fit but it is no where near the style of the ones on the horn. Do you have anything that would be more like the original?\r\n\r\nThanks for any help you can offer.\r\n\r\nBrian Johnson, Davis, near Sacramento, CA.\r\n\r\n" Answer:
I don't have one in any of my parts drawers, but I've got a VI tenor in the warehouse I've been "parting out" for years......I'll see if it` still has that key guard.....I think it does
12/26/2013 - Nate asks: Are there any other alloy\'s/materials? "Thank you for answering my question about finishes. I\'d just like to know if there are any other alloys that you know of that are used to make saxophones, and how those materials affect the instrument\'s sound. Thank you for your time, and God bless. " Answer:
Most saxophones are made from a brass alloy that is around 30% zinc and 70% copper.....if you increase the amount of copper and decrease the amount of zinc, the horn will be darker.....increase the zinc and it will be brighter.......bronze, which contains copper and tin, is also fairly dark.....silver responds quickly, and is a little bright sounding......nickel silver less so......
12/25/2013 - Nate asks: different platings/finishes "Sup Steve. After watching some of your youtube videos and reading some of your articles, I\'ve come to the conclusion you must be quite knowledgable of the saxophone. This is a question I\'ve had in mind a while, and I am saving up to get a new alto sax as I plan to persevere a career playing, so I thought I\'d ask; How do different platings and finishes affect a saxophone\'s sound? I\'d like to know what you can tell me about these finishes specifically: honey gold, cognac gold, unlacquered(or no finish), gold plated, silver plated, black nickel plated, nickel plated and brushed nickel finish. I\'d like to know which of these finishes can give me a sound that\'s big and clear with a solid tonal core, and can be made bright or dark by me changing my embouchre. In other words, which of these finishes would give the most versatile sound which could be shaped by the player? The sax I\'d like to get has an 82% copper content (just thought that would help you out.). God bless and merry CHRISTmas, Nate " Answer:
the finish has absolutely no effect whatsoever of any form or fashion on the sound or the response of a saxophone......none......zero.....na na.....the final finish, whether it is lacquer or plating, is typically about 3/10.000ths of an inch thick....far too thin to have any effect.....the thing that makes the difference is the alloy used to make the horn.....every alloy has a different resonance pattern.....generally, more copper yields more lower overtones, more zinc makes the horn brighter, and sterling silver quickens the response
12/23/2013 - Brian White asks: Vento Bass Saxophone "Hello Steve,\r\nMy name is Brian and I\'ve been looking for a good bass saxophone for a while now. I saw the posting that you shared from ebay and I\'m curious. It\'s a Vento Conn copy that sold for $3000. I\'ve Vento and I\'ve seen Orpheo bass saxophones at musicfactorydirect.com for around the same price; maybe $3500 +/-. I\'ve also seen a bass sax called The Hawk. I think they tried to pay job age to Coleman Hawkins and it came in various finishes.\r\nI really want a bass sax but seeing as how offering from Selmer and Keilwerth are the price of a fully loaded car or truck they can be pretty hard to afford on my salary.\r\nIs this a descent bass sax to go with or am I better off going with International Woodwinds or something like that?" Answer:
the International Woodwinds horn is the very same......there are two factories in China which manufacture bass saxophones: Jinyin, which makes a "Conn style" and Jinbao, which makes a "Selmer stye".....the bass called the Hawk has nothing to do with Coleman Hawkins.....the USA representative for the company is named Hawk Yan.....I have known him and done business with him for many years.....I rather doubt that anybody at Jinyin has a clue who Coleman Hawkins is......the Jinyin made bass is not bad.....if you buy one, expect to have to throw some money at it to get it adjusted and de-leaked......their set up works is, to be kind, terrible
12/23/2013 - Bob Barton asks: Best silver polish "I have an old Conn tenor which is silver plated. It needed a good polishing when I got it, and hasn\'t gotten any better on its own in the five years I\'ve owned it. What type silver polish do you recommend?" Answer:
I use nothing but Flitz brand polish
12/22/2013 - Billy Holder asks: what\'s that horn you\'re holding in the picture? "As I look closely, it\'s not a Super 400 or a Voodoo Rex. will assume it is some sort of Saxgourmet, but I don\'t recognize it. Could you enlighten us, unless it\'s an ultra top secret prototype! " Answer:
Man.... wouldn't have thought anybody would have noticed.....I had forgotten myself......that's a Saxgourmet "Marcel" classical model.....we only made a short run of them in 2005.....I still have that one.......it's strictly for classical playing.....we decided that, as good as the Marcel was, the market just wasn't big enough to warrant making a lot of them......I still use it when I'm teaching Ferling.......
12/22/2013 - Ray Plant asks: I need a 10M neck "I\'ve got an early 1950\'s 10M with a missing neck. Does your Evolution model work on a 10M? It\'s not the double socket version, BTW." Answer:
Yes, we make a 10M specific neck for your horn. Beware of anybody who tries to tell you that the same neck works on all horns. Ford parts generally don't work on Chevrolets.....We make a neck for all single socket 10M's
12/22/2013 - Will Hollis asks: The old Saxgourmet forum "Steve I used to really enjoy the forum that used to appear on your website. Why did you take it down, and could we get it back?" Answer:
it was a lot of fun, but it took a lot of my time to administer......we had lots of troll attacks......I've discontinued it in favor of Facebook groups. The groups that I maintain on Facebook are: Professional Saxophone Players Saxophones and Saxophone Equipment for Sale Saxophone Repair Saxophone Mouthpieces Saxophone and Instrument Engraving Vintage and Collector Saxophones Musician Humor Saxophone Teaching All of these groups have hundreds of members and are extremely active. The Facebook system, although not perfect, really helps to screen prospective members.
12/22/2013 - Steve Fraizer asks: Leveling rolled tone holes "My Conn 6M has a few tone holes that are not level. I\'ve heard of several different ways to get them trued up, but would like your take on the best method." Answer:
You should leave well enough alone unless the tone hole is really out of kilter! Adjust the pad if at all possible. If you simply must level the tone hole, do NOT do so by hammering underneath the tone hole to raise portions of it! This changes the bore diameter and does other damage that may be next to impossible to fix. When I must get one level, I use an old Conn Reso-Pad ring of the correct diameter and solder it onto the top of the tone hole. These can be easily adjusted, and won't damage the horn.
12/22/2013 - Johnny Sebley asks: Which are best: stainless or blued needle springs "Steve: I'm getting my horn redone and have given the choice between stainless steel or blued steel springs. Which are best, and why?" Answer:
I'm not aware of any stainless steel springs that are the same quality as the blued springs which are available. Kraus Musical used to sell some great ones, but they've been discontinued. The advantage of stainless was that it didn't rust.....well, we are now going one better: we have available our high quality blued steel springs with 18Kt gold plate.....beautiful to look at, they also don't rust
11/20/2013 - Corey Morris asks: Narrowing side rails "Hi Steve, I have a quick question about mouthpiece work. I was thinking about slightly narrowing the side rails on my metal Otto Link. Some of the response isn\'t as quick as I\'d like, so I thought I\'d narrow them a tad. Is there anything I should be aware of when doing this that could cause problems? Do I have to compensate by adjusting any other aspect of the mouthpiece? Thanks!" Answer:
the main thing to keep ion mind is to narrow the rails, not alter the facing curve.......be VERY careful!......if you only want to narrow the rails, do it from the inside......give me a call if I can answer any questions
08/13/2013 - Ernesto J. Ponce asks: Unison 6003L "Greetings,\\r\\n So last year when I was looking for an affordable tenor I found an 6003L on-line and was able to snag it for $500. I play pretty regularly with a couple groups around the Baltimore area and I\\\'ve been playing my keyboard player\\\'s YAS-62 II; had the Unison on the side as I just assumed the Yamaha was a better horn. And it is in many ways; I find the 62 to be precise, consistent, and the build is as solid as it gets, but..... I hate playing that thing! Un-inspiring and sterile is the only way I can describe it. So, I pulled the Unison out and found that it feels so much more like I want a sax to feel like, and I didn\\\'t get that harsh, stringent tone I was getting mainly in the upper register of the Yamaha. To me, it actually felt more like a \\\"pro\\\" horn, at least in the sense of resonance, resistance, harmonic complexity, etc. I can make the Unison sing more than I can the Yamaha.\\r\\n So my question is this. It will be a while until I can afford a \\\"pro\\\" horn so I was wondering what are the smartest (most affordable) modifications I can make to this horn? If I\\\'m looking for a new neck, which one\\\'s will fit? I think the horn has personality and I\\\'m probably going to keep it for a backup eventually, but to your knowledge were these Unison\\\'s solid instruments or should I expect them to \\\"not hold\\\" well and fall apart down the road, like some of the other early Taiwanese horns. Also, the one concern I have with this horn is the intonation, as I have found that in a group setting, I\\\'m getting a little \\\"wackiness\\\" in the upper \\\"A\\\" and \\\"G\\\" area. Is there any way to correct this? Right now I\\\'m playing a Vandoren Jumbo Java T45 usually with Rico, Rico Plasticover 2.5\\\'s, sometimes a Forestone.\\r\\n Apologize for so many questions, but any information you can give is REALLY appreciated.\\r\\nThanks for your time,\\r\\nErnesto Ponce" Answer:
Unisons are very nice instruments......I worked for them about 15 years ago as their designer......get our solid copper neck with nodal weights.....it will really open up the tonal spectrum....our Fat Boy alto mouthpiece will improve the response and intonation....let me know if you have any more questions!
08/12/2013 - Marcus Bettencourt asks: Sax Rax Stands "Hi Mr. Goodson, \\r\\n\\r\\n My name is Marcus Bettencourt and I am a current member of the saxophonist page and I found out about SaxRax through some of the other members of the page and they swear by them. I currently play saxophone and double on Flute and Clarinet in the California Bay Area and I am looking into purchasing a new sax stand and have done my research and have come to the ultimate conclusion that SaxRax is the way to go! I had a couple questions about the doubling capabilities of the stand and if they happen to come with doubling pegs for english horn or oboe or if the pegs are universally fit for these instruments? If so how many slots are available to put pegs on the side shoots? Also, with the way the stands hold the saxophone has there been any concerns about the bell flare or front of the bell becoming dented or bending?\\r\\n\\r\\nThanks, \\r\\n\\r\\nMarcus Bettencourt" Answer:
Marcus: The clarinet peg works just fine for oboe.....I\'ve never tried an English horn on tat peg, but don\'t think there would be any problem at all....there are two peg slots......I have never seen or heard of any bell damage of any form or fashion resulting from the use of SaxRax stands.....let me know if you have any further questions!
08/09/2013 - Ian Thurnwald asks: Contact Us does not work "test ... and neither does this!" Answer:
seems to work perfectly
08/02/2013 - Corey Morris asks: Category 3 Tenor "Hi Steve, just wanted to know how your Category 3 tenor was coming along and when we will start to see some of your review videos on it. I think I saw talk of it\\\'s development before the site crashed. Glad to see the website back up and running again; the new look looks great!" Answer:
Corey: the owner of the factory who will build this horn for us is making a trip from Taiwan to visit with me in New Orleans NEXT WEEK so we can discuss this project face to face.....as usual, it has so far cost more and taken longer than I had planned!
07/31/2013 - Donny Nockley asks: Travel Cases "Steve:\\r\\nWho do you think makes the most heavy duty case for my tenor? I\\\'m going on an extended trip overseas, and will be using a wide variety of transportation, including plane, train, and bus. Protection is the top priority for me." Answer:
When it comes to the ultimate protection, there\'s only one: Anvil.....nothing else comes close.......expensive, heavy, inconvenient, and well worth it.....

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