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My Low G sounds Like a High G... What do i do? (Saxophone) 
Well, my saxophone teacher recently taught us a new song (Louie Louie) but when I was playing low G, It sounded exactly like high G. My teacher thought …

Biss B flat or Side B flat? (Saxophone) 
Which would you prefer? I flip back and fourth between the two and want to know what other people use? What do you think is easier during pieces that you're …

Which saxophone should I start with? How easy? 
Hey, I want to learn to play a second instrument I want to try the saxophone because I've always liked the way it's sounded. I wanted to know if it would …

Antique and Vintage saxes 
Can anyone tell me how old a saxophone has to be to be considered vintage? What about antique? Is there a difference? Also, I have a very old sax - my …

Identifying old alto sax 
I am trying to find out what brand of sax this is. I have no info besides these pictures. Thanks,

Yamaha series unknown ? Serial # is 0450 very low 
Good Morning All, 12-15 years ago we bought our son a nice sax, he has since moved on to college and no longer playing it. I'm redoing a house and would …

Should I switch? Clarinet to Tenor Saxophone 
I am a sixth grader playing in seventh grade band (not because I'm that good, but I like to think about it that way!). I play clarinet, and am, in my opinion, …

new to sax. steinhoff any good?  
Hi looking at playing the alto sax. Dreamt about it for years so why not!! Want to start on something relatively cheap as I have no idea whether I'll like …

Protone Saxophone 
Has anyone heard of the protone tenor sax , if so buy or not to buy

Martin Alto sax - value 
I own a Martin alto sax, Handcraft committee serial # 123695. I believe it was made in 1937. Could you please give me an idea of the value of this instrument, …

early conn alto new wonder missing an opening 
I have an old conn alto I believe to be a New wonder "chu Berry" serial #1554xx. I imagine this is from around 1926, one of the earlier New Wonders. It …

Hawk Alto Saxophone 
I am looking to purchase a used Hawk Alto Saxophone as a gift for my husband. Don't know anything about saxophones or brand names. Owner bought the …

P.D. Deposee Saxophone 
I recently found an old saxophone at an antique shop, and the women was nice enough to just give it to me. I Have no knowledge of this kind of sax though. …

Notes on staff pointed upwards and downwards 
On the staff if for instance a quarter note is pointed up and the next quarter note is pointed down. What is the difference? Or what does that mean?

son wants to play the saxaphone  
My son is in 5th grade and wants to play the saxaphone. We're assuming they will start with tenor sax. What brand is a fairly decent one to get and should …

squeaking after switching to new saxophone 
I recently started to play the Tenor sax after two months again, note that I am using a different tenor sax than the one I used to use a while back. I …

VALUETONE Alto Sax 
I bought an Alto sax in an antique store, it's stamped VALUETONE and has a serial number. The store owner knew nothing about the sax and I can't find …

Considering a limmited budget, which is a saxophone brand to search for exceptional sound? 
Leaving the vintage and used apart, since you run the risk to spend any way for leaks repairs, wear or adjusting the action.....(or buying a Lemon) For …

how do I make my soprano saxophone sharper? 
Hi, I have recently purchased a soprano sax, and it is really out of tune all the time. its so out of tune, that when I play a C on it, it comes out as …

Is this saxophone totally ruined? 
I am a trombone player and have never played a reed instrument. Well, one of my parent's friends remembered he had an alto sax and wondered if I wanted …

Alto sax cases 
What is the best alto sax case for an 11 year old boy? I'm looking at the SKB 440 or the Protec Contoured Pro Pac case. His current case, which came …

comparison of alto king 665  
Please tell me how and where does a king empire alto 665 saxophone compare to other professional saxophones. I am looking for a rich full blues/jazz/soul …

Different serial #'s on Saxophone Neck/Body 
My late husband was a life long Tenor player who went to school with Eddie Harris,johnny Griffin,etc.. He was a musical Director for Sam Cooke till the …

What type of Saxophone is suitable for a ten year old girl? 
My daughter wants to play the saxophone and her teacher recommended the Alto sax? Is this too big for her and what type do I buy? Went of Craigslist and …

Best sax player in the world 
Has there ever been a sax player to match Ace Cannon? Nope, not in my book. This new guy I've heard, Kenny G- sort of sounds like a harmonica compared …

middle g gets pitchy - tenor saxophone 
Am 46 and just started playing the Tenor Saxophone. I try to practice 1 hour a day but 45 min.s in my middle G gets very pitchy & can't play it. Tried …

Feedback on HAWK alto sax 
Looking at buying a HAWK alto saxaphone for my son (2nd yr playing), on line from US to Australia. Is it worth the risk? What is the quality like? Is …

King or Lark? - Saxophone 
I have a question about alto saxophone.I want to start to learn saxo and i dont have any idea about saxophones.Today i went to store to check saxo prices …

Unknown Saxophone brand - Royal 
I have a very old and beautifull silverplated saxophone, that only has Royal and a serienumber stamped on it. The Royal is ingraved on the body very beautifuflly, …

My Sax squeaks when i play a G or below.  
My saxophone worked fine this morning and now i cant play below a regular G without my sax squeaking and sounding high. I changed and adjusted reed mouth …

iMAGE saxophone brand 
Is there or was there a saxophone brand named "iMAGE" ? We have this saxophone at our house and we can't find out what brand it is. All it says on …

Saxophone repair course 
Does anyone know of a saxophone repair short course? Want to get some experience with simple, commonplace repairs.

Selmer AS600L Aristocrat Alto Saxophone  
Can anyone tell me if this is a pro or a student horn? I am looking to upgrade my sister to a better horn. She is a Sophomore in high school, and concert …

tenor mouthpiece for 12 year old student 
Any recommendations for a tenor mouthpiece for a beginning student, 12 years old? The horn is a Selmer Prelude student horn. Thanks.

Old Kraftsman saxophone??? 
Is this a valid brand of saxophone. I found guitars under this name but not saxophones. is it worth more than 30 dollars. it is in good complete condition …

The saxophone mouth piece sounds like spit in it 
I have been playing the Sax for two years. when ever i play for a few minutes its as if the reed gets too wet and it starts to sound like a lot of spit …

sunlite saxophone 
Has anyone heard of a Sunlite saxophone? We were given one and I can't find anything on them.

Beginner Alto Sax mouthpiece 
My son is to start taking Alto Sax (beginner) in school. The paper given to us says to get a Selmer C* or Yamaha 4C mouthpiece. We went to the store recommended …

Yamaha YTS-61 Vintage Tenor Saxophone 
Hey, All, I'm moving and want to sell my tenor saxophone. I bought my professional Yamaha YTS-61, serial 011317A, in 1985 when I thought I had an ear …

Selmer Sax (not a musician) 
Greetings, I obtained a "Selmer" saxophone and would like to know more about it! Anyone help me out? Here goes - From some research, I "think" …

Buying a new saxophone 
I come from Hong Kong. I want to buy a new saxophone to replace the "made in China" one(with bad quality).I just passed the grade 5 ABRSM exam. Are …

Notes for Tenor / Soprano can be played in Alto Sax? 
I am a selflearner beginner sax player. I would like to know if the notes for Tenor Sax or Soprano can be used to play Alto sax. thanks

WHAT YEAR IS MY SAX 
I HAVE A INDIANA BAND INSTRUMENT SILVER TENOR SAX. THE SERIAL # IS 17255, I WAS WONDERING WHAT YEAR IT WAS AND ITS VALUE. THANK YOU

saxophone and health 
hi talking with my physician about good health and exercise i wonder if playing the tenor saxophone can increase the heartbeat ?

can i play alto sax music on a soprano sax? 
I want to play the soprano sax in high school, but I want to know if I can play alto sax music on it

OPUS USA BRAND OF INSTRUMENTS 
I JUST BOUGHT A SOPRANO ON EBAY THE BRAND OPUS USA. IVE LOOKED INTO IT AND FOUND SOME PEOPLE KNOCKING ON IT. CAN IT BE THAT BAD FOR A BEGINER AS MYSELF. …

Identifying my silver alto sax 
Can anyone help me to work out the manufacturer and possible value of my silver alto sax, the name on the side is Emperor Super. many thanks to anyone …

selmer la vie 240 tenor sax 
Hi, i recently bought a la vie tenor new,at very good price(a bout a thousand euros)it sounds pretty new and needs to be played alot more. But my question …

Reed problem with bari sax 
Hello, I am playing right now with a 3.5 rico royal and i am looking for a more durable reed for both jazz and classical. I have tried Vandoren blue box …

conn saxaphone value 
cannot get anyone to help patent pending 1914 A M151603 L dont have any other information played it the other day and got it …

The Grassi Alto Saxophone Value 
What would you say is the value of the discontinued Grassi Company Sax? We have an opportunity to purchase one, However not certain about the comparative …

Emperor Alto Sax 
Does anyone know anything about this sax? It is assembled in China? Any info what be greatly appreciated. Thanks

How Young can kids start learning the tenor sax? 
As a grandparent I wonder how old children need to be before they start to learn to play. I have been reading a novel by a well known (UK) author in which …

US made saxophone 
Where can I buy a good US made Saxophone new?

how old is my sax? 
I have a Yamaha-YAS 23....serial number: 297957 A....how do I determine how old it is?

Saxophone Mouthpiece 
I was just wondering what the saxophone mouthpiece's job is. I have been searching the internet for an hour now and haven't found the answer yet. I really …

Cecilio Tenor Sax 
I'm considering purchasing a Cecilio Tenor Sax for my 6th grade band student. I'm a little concerned with the quality of these instruments as my son's …

Adolphe Sax 
I have recently inherited my Grand Fathers Adolphe Sax, I need to find out how much it is valued at for house insurance and would be interesting to find …

Key Risers 
Hello - I have a small 11 Yr. old girl just starting Alto Sax. I do not play, so I am wondering if Key Risers would be helpful to her. It's kind of heavy …

Bass Saxophone Reeds 
When I type bass saxophone reeds for sale in eBay I get results for bass clarinet reeds for sale. Are they interchangeable? Same question for sopranino …

suggest good alto saxophone for purchase 
dear sir , i want to purchase good professional alto saxophone simple system please suggest and guide I purchase which company alto sax thkx

Saxophone squeal 
I have an alto sax and i have had for about 2months or so and when i go to play the G key it squeals A LOT and i can"t find out what it is

Is a "Cecilia" sax brand any good? 
I'm looking to buy a beginner sax, but one that actually has quality...any suggestions? Not looking to pay more than $700/800.

I just bought a used Vito alto sax. How can I tell what model it is? 
I just bought a used Vito alto sax. How can I tell what model it is?

C melody saxophone issue 
i recently bought a holton c melody saxophone. the pads are extremely old and need to be replaced, but i am 100% sure that there are no air leaks. the …

help with tenor sax 
if there is three lines under the staff and the note is on the last of the three lines what is the note called on a tenor sax????

What type of saxaphone for a beginner 
My son (who is about to start sixth grade) is getting ready to play the Alto Sax in the band. Any recommendations on the type. There is a store the school …

Would like to know value of Selmer Tenor Sax. 
Selmer Tenor Sax Bought around 1950 serial #50946

high pitch squeak - saxophone 
I have started playing with a couple of new mouthpieces and find that on occassion I get squeaks in the higher ranges - I have played for a while and never …

Temporary Saxophone Switch 
I am a tenor sax player. However, if I can make a fast and clean switch to the soprano in about a month, I can play a solo at graduation. Any tips for …

What happened to my low register? 
I cleaned my sax the other day and left it sit in the case for overnight. The next day I began to practice but when I got into the low register only my …

Can you play a Tenor With an Alto's sheet music? 
Can you play a Tenor saxophone, to an Alto saxophone's sheet music??

question from a beginner about water droplets in saxophone mouthpiece 
How can you reduce or prevent the awful and annoying gurgling sound caused by excessive water droplets within the mouthpiece?

Yamaha YAS-23 Saxophone  
My son has played a school instrument for 3 years, and now needs a basic, descent instrument for High School (they don't supply them there). Is the …

1931 Selmer Cigar Cutter Alto Sax 
My 92 year old father just passed away. During WWII as a 1st. Lt. in the Army Air Corp and as a navigator instructor Dad also had a band which they played …

tenor saxophone brand 
I am about to buy a tenor saxophone for my son. I found a Clairmont Tenor Saxophone in ebay for $295.99. I'd like to know if this is a good brand and …

What kind of tenor sax should I look at to purchase? 
I've been playing Bb clarinet for about 7-8 years (I'm in my mid 50's) and have become proficient in reading and playing (improvising) primarilty jazz …

Spitting Saxophone Sound 
How do you keep your saxaphone from sounding like it is spitting or how do you keep the water out?

comparison of J. Erich tenor versus Jupiter tenor saxophone 
I have recently decided to learn an instrument and the sax won.I have narrowed it down to either J. Erich or Jupiter. I would greatly appreciate some feed …

Saxophone for beginner or not? 
i would like to know whether the jupiter make is the right saxophone make to start on?

How to play saxophone? 
I HAVE NEVER PLAYED SAXOPHONE BEFORE AND I LIKE TO DO IT. BUT DONOT KNOW NOTES. I USED TO PLAY FLUTE WITHOUT USING MUSIC NOTES .I WANT TO KNOW IF IT IS …

the best brand of alto sax 
what is the best brand in alto sax in the world and how many are in the sax family i know that there are three is that right?

Prodigy alto saxaphone 
My daughter plays a saxaphone in her high school band. I know nothing at all about saxaphones. I live on 700.00 a month income. I found a saxaphone in …

How do I control pitch other than adjusting mouth piece in or out.  
I find that when I play the upper octave my instrument is sharp and on the lower octave I am flat. I have not been playing that long, but I have good …

Saxophone issue - me or the horn..... 
my sax makes a shaky sound when i play low D but every other notes are fine... also my octave D makes a perfect sound PLEASE HELP

1953 Conn "The Naked Lady" range 
Hi, I enquired about my saxophone some time ago re; the prices but my question here is if I do not play very often on my saxophone will it rust bearing …

Tin Saxaphone 
My son who plays tenor and alto sax inherited a saxaphone from his grandfather which is made out of tin. By the time he got the saxaphone we weren't able …

Cannonball sax and a yamaha sax.... 
I have a 4 year old yamaha sax..sort of cheap and ive been playing on it for a long time...and the low notes wont work very well..some dont even play like …

Sticking Saxophone Keys 
one of my keys are sticking and every time i play it make s my sax squeak. How can i fix that?

Tenor Saxophone Brands 
Whats a good brand of tenor saxophone to look for?

Holton Saxaphone 
I purchased a Frank Holton (wis) saxaphone 12200 series in 1984 for my son. Some wanted to desperately buy this sax from me. I chose to keep it. Is …

Martin Saxophone, The Indiana 
Hi, I have an old Martin Sax, The Indiana. The serial number is 78505. Can you give me any info on this particular Sax? Thanks, Mo

What is the best age to start teaching saxophone to kids? 
Trying to teach my 6 year old boy to play musical instruments and he seems interested in sax more than anything else. Is he old enough?

Barrington Saxophone- Band Mom needs help with info on it. 
Hi there, Looking for an inexpensive soprano saxophone for our son for Christmas. He has played alto sax, and currently plays a Selmer tenor sax. He …

Low Pitch, High Pitch 
What it meant by " Low Pitch or High Pitch " inscribed on a saxophone?

How much is my vito curved soprano worth? 
I have a VSP vito curved soprano sax #00107797.Its a screamer,Great intonation really in tune and also has a high f# key.One repair man that I showed it …

where can I find a selmer mark vii neck ?? 
I have a selmer mark vii(1974), it´s silver colour and in very good condition, but the original neck got lost somewhere in Cuba. I have been looking for …

Plastic reeds. 
I usually play on a Rico wood 2 1/2 reed. I use a baritone reed on a large chamber Tenor mouthpiece, as the rails are quite wide. Would I use a soft or …

Saxophone - Spit Removal 
How do I get all the spit out of my alto sax?

how much practice time for 12 year old saxophone student 
how much time should a 12 year old spend practicing the sax?

smallest saxophone 
Whats the smallest saxaphone available on the market. I have a 6 year old that is interested and would like to give him something more than the recorder …

beuscher or boosey and hawkes 
hello people, i currently have in my possesion a saxophone which is in a beucher case,but the instrument is engraved emperor made for boosey & hawkes , …

difference between alto and tenor saxophone 
How can you tell the difference between alto or tenor by looking at the saxaphone?

Bundy Selmer 
I have a Bundy Selmer was going to sell it was one of the kids horn in school i know it cost quite bit still in pretty good shape but i don't remember …

difference between a bundy alto sax and a cecilio 3 series alto sax 
trying to buy a saxophone for daughter what is the difference between a bundy alto sax and a cecilio 3 series alto sax

sopano sax embrocure vs alto 
i can play the alto using #3 vandoren reeds just fine but cannot seem to keep from squeaking all over the place when it comes to the soprano. What am i …

Evette Schaeffer Tenor Saxophone 
I have an Evette Schaeffer Tenor sax that I can find nothing about. The only engraving on it is the name Evette Schaeffer. Evette is above Schaeffer. The …

how many kinds of saxophones 
how many kinds of saxophones are there and what are they called

colored saxes 
will a red sax play just the same as a normal gold sax?

Which saxophone is easiest to start with  
Hi Sir , I am from INDIA and am deeply in love with saxophones. Sience childhood , ive always been facinated with this instrument. Got to know much more …

Alto Sax after Minor Necklift surgery Not rated yet
I had minor necklift surgery 3 days ago. Today I pulled out my alto sax & noticed my embrochure does not seal around the mouthpiece unless I hold it to …

Soprano sax mouthpiece and reed Not rated yet
I recently purchased a soprano sax. I've played tenor sax for 40 years. I'm having an issue with getting some notes out. I'm not sure how I should be …

altissimo on sax Not rated yet
how do I get all the altissimo on sax? Do all types of sax have the same pitch range? If no may I know them? I want to learn sax. which one should I …

Is Dixon Super Delux saxophone of good quality? Not rated yet
Hi somebody is selling a Dixon Super Delux tenor saxophone. I have never head of this brand. Is it a good quality saxophone which will never fall apart? …

How old is my bundy II Alto Saxophone? Not rated yet
How old is my bundy II alto with a s/n starting with 1162xxx? Is there any other information I can find out about it by the number? I'm selling it since …

What ligature is best? Not rated yet
For a selmer c* 80 mouthpiece and Vandoren v16 reeds what would be the best kind of ligature to have? Metal or leather? What brand of metal ligature do …

Armstrong saxes - made in USA or Mexico? Not rated yet
I have just bought a Pre-owned alto with a six digit serial number starting with 25. It is immaculate, but the metal edges of the case are dull and oxidised, …

Tenor And Alto Saxes Range of notes Not rated yet
What is the actual compass (the concert pitch, equivalent to the piano notes) of the Alto and Tenor saxes? And equally confusing: their written compass? …

Value of 1991 Vito Sax Not rated yet
Found a 1991 vito sax stored in our garage. serial number 511430. a few scratches but otherwise seems in good condition. does this have any value or …

Monique sax question Not rated yet
How do I tell the age and quality of a Monique tenor sax?

Soprano Sheet Music Not rated yet
I play the alto sax, tenor and clarinet and recently bought a Yamaha Soprano sax 475. I'm looking for sop sax sheet music but there is not a whole lot …

Old alto sax find Not rated yet
Came across an old sax in a plain wooden case. Wondering what it is. Markings on it :American Professional Chicago #51919 low pitch License Pat 1914. …

Esquire 600 tenor sax Not rated yet
I recently came into possession of an Esquire 600 tenor sax. It's got "made in Holland" stamped on it. I can find virtually no information on it. The serial …

New Intermediate Alto Sax Not rated yet
I just upgraded from a student horn to an intermediate alto sax and it seems as if I have to blow twice the amount of air through it to play. Also, my …

king empire saxophones  Not rated yet
I am looking at a used king empire saxophone and wondered if this is a reputable instrument or if we should keep looking.

Saxophones - Is Selection a good brand Not rated yet
I'm from sri lanka. I wanted to buy a saxophone an alto one so i searched where i can get one and finally met my friend who is sellin this saxophone called …

Sax stores in houston Not rated yet
Good morning sorry to disturb but maybe you can help me. I´m a brazilian sax not professional player here in houston for a couple of days for work, …

Gurgling Noises - Saxophone clogged with saliva Not rated yet
First off, an apology for a fairly unsavoury topic. But, it's one that I do need some help with as it's driving me nuts. I have been playing Sax for …

Both G's on Alto Saxophone Won't Play Not rated yet
I am renting a Bundy Selmer alto saxophone. It has been playing fine for the month and a half that I've had it, but a few days ago when I tried to play …

Conrad saxophone good or bad  Not rated yet
Hi, im looking at buying my first Saxophone,im a complete beginner, Im looking at a second hand Conrad Alto Sax series 2 0110291. the seller wants £150 …

Blowing flat - saxophone Not rated yet
I haven't played for about 20 years but decided to get back. I'm blowing flat according to my guitar tuner. I read that blowing just the mouthpiece for …

Saxophone player lost sensitivity on half his tongue, help Not rated yet
Hello My brother is a saxophone player, he's 20. Recently he's had an unfortunate accident and has lost sensitivity on the entire left part of his …

Mystery Metal Tenor Mouthpieces Not rated yet
I recently acquired a used tenor saxophone, and it came with 1 Yamaha hard rubber mouthpiece and 2 metal jazz mouthpieces. I've been trying to find out …

Why the squeak? (Alto Saxophone) Not rated yet
My alto saxophone often and for no apparent reason squeaks when I have to play G sharp after playing G or A. I don't know why it does it or how to avoid …

Corten Saxophone Not rated yet
Hi, I've been given a Corten tenor saxophone, which is not in mint condition. The body is sound enough although it is a bit corroded in places, with missing …

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