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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 all bearing witness to his genius. The recent unveiling of his double soprano, the Aulochrome, gives … Read More “François Louis “Spectruoso” Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece”

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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. The newest creation from Espina, the DV NY model, is really … Read More “JodyJazz DV NY Sax Mouthpiece”

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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 thinking these days. With the La Voix … Read More “Selmer La Voix Saxophones”

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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 are seeing major companies such as Selmer producing saxophones in Taiwan (e.g., the … Read More “P. Mauriat System-76 and Rolled-Tone-Hole Saxophones”

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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, available in tenor (shown) and alto models, is an attempt to transcend the plethora of Taiwanese horns on the … Read More “HollywoodWinds Hollywood Legend Alto and Tenor Saxophones”

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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, have produced respectable instruments in recent years. Additionally, the low overhead and labor … Read More “P. Mauriat Saxophones”

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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 of sartorial excellence for the saxophone, comes the only product for saxophone … Read More “Paraschos Wooden Saxophone Necks”

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