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  • Saxophone Myths & Fake News

    The internet is a wonderful thing but can bear double-edged sword. Along with all the wonderful information at our fingertips, we also find a lot of misinformation. How can you tell which is which? Very often you can’t. But if someone is giving advice on how to play the saxophone without offering any sound clips of their own playing, then ...
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  • Saxophone Buying Advice

    How to get the Best Buying Advice Don’t just listen to me, there are many different and valid opinions so for a start log in to the Cafe Saxophone discussions, you will also get a lot of useful saxophone information and advice on choosing your first saxophone. Watch out for the Bad Guys It’s important to question any online advice. Somebody advising you to ...
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  • Saxophone Reviews

    Disclaimer: Unlike with many saxophone reviews I do not get paid or receive free instruments in return for reviews on this page. Very Inexpensive Saxophones Note that I’m not using the description “Cheap” saxophones. Although the models I intend to review in this category are cheap, many of them are only cheap in the sense of not costing as much as you ...
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  • Saxophone Recommendations

    What’s a Good Saxophone? I am often asked to give saxophone recommendations, endorse mouthpieces and big up the retailers. I am not an official endorser of any product apart from Legere Reeds, and so I feel I can give independent advice on most things. I only recommend those that I have personal experience of, but I cannot guarantee that what works ...
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  • Saxophone Insurance

    Insuring a valuable instrument While there are no dedicated saxophone insurance policies, there are several insurance brokers than specialise in musical instrument insurance. If you are not taking the instrument out of your house, you should be able to include it in a normal house contents policy, but check with them first, especially if your saxophone is a more valuable one. ...
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  • Saxophone Comparisons

    The Tenor Saxophone Comparisons aka “The Shootout” I have chosen to compare five saxophones, three vintage and two modern. The vintage saxophones are my own two tenors, a 1930s Conn 10M (Naked Lady) and a 1950s “The” Martin, along with a 1954 Selmer MKVI which I borrowed. The two modern tenors are a Yanagisawa 901 and one of the new generation ...
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  • Saxophone History

    The Early Years of Saxophone History Here we will look at some slightly different versions of saxophone history. The extracts from the Buescher catalogue do seem to pump up Mr Buescher’s role in the development of the saxophone! From the Story of the Saxophone The Middle Ages gave us a variety of new instruments and gradually the elements of the modern military band eveolved. ...
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  • Serial Numbers

    What Can Serial Numbers Tell Me? The main thing you learn from serial numbers is the age of the instrument of course. Although the dates in these charts are reasonably accurate, there may be some discrepancies for various reasons. Here are a few things to bear in mind: Sometimes a company may hold back a batch of instruments and then release them ...
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  • Vintage Saxophones

    Are vintage saxophones better than modern ones? Yes and no, “better” is very often subjective. It used to be the case that you could buy a professional quality vintage horn for much less than a professional quality new one, however the market is now opening up due in part to some very good and inexpensive saxophones being made in Taiwan and ...
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  • Instrument Petting Zoo

    Here are a few of the strange and unusual instruments and accessories I have collected over the years. Some sound great, others not so. Maybe I’ll record some soundclips one day… Couesnon Saxie This is Couesnon’s answer to the Clarosax. Very rare instrument, only 4 or 5 were made Conn Clar-O-Sax – “A real musical instrument, not a toy” A few people might dispute ...
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  • Saxophones For Sale

    Saxes for Sale – 5 things to watch out for:   1. Asking advice online People often ask on the forums or social media “what is the best saxophone?” hoping for an answer. Note I said “an answer” (singular). Unfortunately they tend to get a whole raft of different answers and end up being no better off. If you ask “what is the ...
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  • Saxophone Humour

    https://youtu.be/s7mzh0TMLo0 Saxophone Humour Most saxophone players seem to have a great sense of humour, as we see from some of the posts in the Cafesaxophone humour section. Please feel free to have a go at our caption competitions. (Warning this page contains nudity ). I remember a joke my saxophone teacher told me. “A Belgian invented the saxophone as a joke, but the ...
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