Paul Haar

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June 2010    Gearhead

Gearhead: JodyJazz DV CHI Mouthpiece

Paul Haar's review of the JodyJazz DV CHI mouthpiece

August/September 2009    Gearhead

Theo Wanne Mouthpieces: A Roundup

I kind of liked the good old days when your mouthpiece choices were limited to Berg Larsen, Otto Link, Meyer and Dukoff. But like the big automakers, they lived too long in the glory days, and up sprouted a host of custom makers in search of the sound of...


October 2008    Gearhead

François Louis “Spectruoso” Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

Amidst the deluge of mouthpiece makers and soundsmiths, no one person has emerged with more respect and gurulike mysticism than the Belgian acoustician François Louis. His client list is impressive, with names like Lovano, Sanchez, Berg, Reis and Potter...


June 2008    Gearhead

JodyJazz DV NY Alto and DV Baritone Sax Mouthpieces

In general, my saxophone mouthpieces are like airport security: metal is usually not encouraged. It’s not that I dislike the sound of metal. In fact, I do like it, especially in contemporary settings. It’s just that metal mouthpieces come at a cost—more...


January/February 2007    Gearhead

JodyJazz DV NY Sax Mouthpiece

Lets face it; a mouthpiece maker has a finite amount of time in the spotlight—just think of names like Dukoff, Guardala, Sugal, Barone, Gregory, etc. Jody Espina, on the other hand, has enjoyed an uncommonly long day in the sun for a mouthpiece manufacturer...


September 2006    Gearhead

Selmer La Voix Saxophones

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That is what I first thought after receiving the La Voix alto and tenor saxophones. My sentiment quickly turned to “If you can’t beat ’em, confuse ’em.” To be honest with you, I don’t know what the folks at Conn-Selmer are...


June 2006    Gearhead

P. Mauriat System-76 and Rolled-Tone-Hole Saxophones

Since debuting on the American market, Taiwanese saxophones have gone from being a band- room joke to a serious alternative to the higher priced horns coming from Selmer, Yamaha and Keilwerth. Their improvements have been so noticeable as of late that we...


March 2006    Gearhead

Paraschos and Lebayle Wooden Ligatures

I remember one time going through a jewelry store and seeing a sterling-silver telephone dialer. I chuckled to myself and thought, "Now I have seen everything." As a saxophonist I have to say I have seen a lot of strange items made for the instrument, from...


December 2005    Gearhead

Yamaha 62II Alto and Tenor Saxophones

Today's musicians aren't very realistic when it comes to buying new instruments. On one hand they demand instruments be made of the finest materials and offer all the bells and whistles technology can provide. They also want a great case; a cool, retro look...


October 2005    Gearhead

HollywoodWinds Hollywood Legend Alto and Tenor Saxophones

The folks at HollywoodWinds Corporation (formerly Unison), makers of Hollywood Legend series saxophones, have done their homework in regard to saxophone design by combining advanced technology with common sense to create a quality instrument. The Legend...


September 2005    Gearhead

Jody Jazz HR* and DV Mouthpieces

On the heels of his popular ESP line, mouthpiece maker Jody Espina offers two radically different concepts in sax-beak design. The HR* model harkens back to the classic hard rubber mouthpieces of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s; the other is the DV, a hi-tech, futuristic...


December 2004    Gearhead

P. Mauriat Saxophones

I used to be suspicious any time someone claimed to create a cheaper alternative to a major brand. After all, you usually get what you pay for. But advancements in technology and computer-aided design, omnipresent in such places as Taiwan and Singapore...


June 2004    Gearhead

Cannonball Global Series Big Bell Tenor Saxophone

All things "cute" have overwhelmed me as of late. Don't get me wrong-cute has its place: puppies, little children, etc. But when it comes to saxophone products, cute is getting a bit old. So you can understand why I might be a bit apprehensive reviewing...


December 2003    Gearhead

Paraschos Wooden Saxophone Necks

Why do we categorize the saxophone as a woodwind instrument? Frankly, the only thing that separates saxophones from brass instruments is a square foot of Kidd leather and a sliver of cane. Well, that is until now. Direct from Roberto's Woodwind, that purveyor...


June 2003    Gearhead

Stephanhöuser SAS1500-LQ Saxophone

Where do you think a saxophone with the name of Stephanhöuser would come from? Bonn? Stuttgart? Berlin? How about Texas? That's right, the "new kid" of the saxophone world hails from a town outside of San Antonio, boasting a "revolutionary new saxophone...


March 2003    Gearhead

Yamaha Z Series Saxophones

In the past, when you asked jazz players what they thought about Yamaha saxophones, you heard the same statements: they were "free-blowing," "consistent in construction" and possessed "a great action and nice sound." I admit that those comments sound like...

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