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  • Review - Syos 3D printed mouthpieces and ligatures September 23, 2020
    First thing to say is I have been playing alto 2 years 8 months and soprano, a year and a half. My alto is a Yamaha YAS-480 and the Yamaha 4C mouthpiece came with it. Like many "serious" beginners, I got the itch to try other mouthpieces and see what they were like. The first […]
  • Jazzlab saxholder September 11, 2020
    I mentioned in some other strap reviews that the important thing to help your poor old neck is the area of the strap in contact with your neck. Well, with the saxholder, nothing comes in contact with your neck. In fact this is not really a strap, it's more of a, well, sax holder. As […]
  • D'Addario Tenor Mouthpiece August 7, 2020
    D'Addario finally released a tenor mouthpiece. After the excellent alto a couple of years ago (reviewed here), I was very curious about it. D'Addario UK kindly sent four mouthpiece for cafemembers to try. Thanks again Tom Note: D'Addario uses a different numbering system. D'Addario/thous/Otto Link: 6/100/7 7/105/7* 8/110/8 9/115/8* This... D'Addario Tenor Mouthpiece
  • Saxmute One tenor saxophone mute review June 16, 2020
    Hello, Here is my full review of the new Saxmute One for sax tenor. Playing sax can be problematic related to neighbourgs tolerance. It’s a loud instrument, and us players have to practice a lot, many hours per day everyday to have good skills. Some appartments don’t even allow to play pianissimo, everybody will hear […]
  • New sax - Hanson LX vs ST8 November 13, 2019
    I originally posted this in my pseudo-blog musings thread… but thought it would be useful to abstract this to a more relevant section of the Café. I bought a silver-plated Hanson ST8 just over 4 years ago(Oct 2012) from Hanson’s. It's generally been fine. It's had a light service every year. Two observations: it is […]
  • My new Tenor PPT 9* February 13, 2019
    Ding Dong PPT calling. My new Tenor PPT 9* just touched down at the front door. Ripped apart the packaging. Frown Came in a lovely cardboard tube but the mouthpiece was wrapped in a plastic bag An old crunched up piece of newspaper would have done the job just as well. Stop moanin' Spike ! […]
  • Yamaha YAS-280 - Refining a Classic December 20, 2018
    Yamaha have had a superb "Student" sax almost since they started making the things , they`ve had plenty of ups and very few downs - the 275 got bad press for glueing the joint to the bell even when it was made in Japan and further moans when they started making this model in their […]
  • Best Brass E-Sax Mute January 19, 2018
    Introduction I live in a flat, and would like to practise without disturbing anyone around me. For this reason, I have bought this mute. I am reviewing it here so that others can judge if it is worth getting one. The E-Sax Mute is made in Japan by Best Brass, who also make silent practice […]
  • Thomann Saxophone Harness December 13, 2016
    I use a harness when I am playing my baritone sax, and for the last month I have been using a Thomann harness: Thomann S 20HS Saxophone Harness – Thomann Mobile This is the most comfortable and useful harness I have found so far, and also the cheapest. It has wide pads on the shoulders […]
  • Chateau VA500UL Alto Review December 6, 2016
    Ordered their new unlacquered VA500UL after hearing nice things from sellers and buyers alike that the company overall made good saxes. Horn is dipped into some kind of stain to make it look super old. I didn't know this, thought it was some kind of chemical dip. After playing it for 5 minutes I had […]
  • Just Joe's Gel Strap August 17, 2016
    I have been looking for a better neck strap for tenor for a long time, and I have found one that works great. It is very comfortable, well made, and comes with options for the type of clasp you want. They are a bit pricey at $79.00 or $65.00 for one with minor cosmetic flaws, […]
  • D'Addario Select Jazz alto mouthpieces February 26, 2016
    I received today a 6 and a 7 facing of these new alto mouthpieces. They are CNC machined from a hard rubber bar, and according to the company, they don't require any hand finishing. The first look confirms this. the design is very neat and precise on both pieces. Medium chamber and straight baffle. Some […]
  • Absolute ligatures September 9, 2015
    A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to review some mouthpieces from Absolute. Their ST model had a ligature that was a piece of art, beautifully engineered and innovative. After some pressure, Absolute decided to make the ligatures available for standard size"ebonite" mouthpieces. As we all know from the internet, ligatures have three […]
  • Review of the 'Academy Jericho' Alto sax & Mk11 September 2, 2015
    Hi All, Please have a read! I started a new post as the sax I borrowed for the pass around was a brand new one. I have used it for 2 weeks and sent it back today. Here are my findings based on my level of playing I have been fortunate enough to be able […]
  • Rico Graftonite C5 Alto Mouthpiece August 23, 2015
    I was sent the Rico Graftonite C5 alto mouthpiece as part of a promotion on tamingthesaxophone.com. I had bought a copy of The Midnight Playalongs, and the two arrived together. So I loaded up the backings CD and began a comparison with my usual alto mouthpiece, a Vandoren A35. Equipment Used According to the mouthpiece […]
  • Sakkusu C-Melody Saxophone Review August 18, 2015
    Finally there`s a NEW C-Melody (or Contralto) Sax which can be easily bought from a proper bricks and mortar shop and pretty much handles and performs like a modern Alto or tenor .. Getting a C-Melody sax these days seems to take two routes , first and most usual is to search out a Vintage […]
  • When is a Buffet not a Buffet ? June 23, 2015
    Buffet Crampon is a highly respected Clarinet maker who once upon a time actually made saxophones - I mean MADE them as opposed to sticking their name on whatever came along but that was decades ago and they`ve not made anything in house since the S series (unless that hi-end limited run horn made in […]
  • Korg KDM2 April 7, 2015
    I bought one of these from Amazon. Last time I performed Lily Was Here was a disaster as the drummer, bass and keyboards for some utterly bonkers reason, played it in half time. Least said about that the better, they are still searching for a body in the case of the keyboard player so I […]
  • Unreliable Review of TJ and others March 29, 2015
    I've been monogomous to my Tenor Selmer SA80II since 1990-ish. A few months back I tried Yamaha 62, Yamaha Z custom and Yanagisawa T-something and was completely underwhelmed What about Clever Trevor James and a few others? Signature Custom Silver (as in the metal through and through): didn't like, heavy and ugly Signature Custom Bronze: […]
  • PPT Alto MP 6** March 28, 2015
    I've been playing two years now, on a variety of alto saxophones and mouthpieces and just received the Onyxite PPT Alto MP in 6** (or 7M) tip opening for my birthday today. Typically, I started two years ago with the MP which came with my Jupiter 565-567, then a Yamaha 4C which was OK, then […]
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