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by AdmiralNelson
(7 posts)
6 years ago

I Play the Soporno Sexophone!

Greetings! I am Admiral Nelson

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  1. by newreedsyndrome
    (343 posts)

    6 years ago

    Re: I Play the Soporno Sexophone!

    haha, ur a piece of work, man. welcome to saxquest. would you happen to be related to, or at least aquainted with TANGOSIXONE, perchance?

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    1. by AdmiralNelson
      (7 posts)

      6 years ago

      Re: I Play the Soporno Sexophone!

      Nope. Don't know TANGOSIXONE. Yep, I'm definitely a piece of somethin! ;-) I love to play. Making noise and making people happy is what it's all about. Nobody has attacked me yet, and my cat doesn't run away. Now, that's a compliment! I'm waiting for a new vintage Buescher TT Tenor circa 1925 which will be my first real deal horn, not that the Antigua curfed soprano is bad, in fact it is very good for me. My other horn is a Luis Robert silver plated alto. I have not been able to find anything about that horn anywhere. It might be a stencil of something else. After I fixed it up it plays very well, and the keywork seems to be solid silver, so it must be a pro horn. Thanks for the welcome! I have read good things here and I hope to contribute.

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      1. by AdmiralNelson
        (7 posts)

        6 years ago

        Re: I Play the Soporno Sexophone!

        I just wanted to add that I received the new vintage Buescher TTT (1924) last Saturday and I've been getting familiar with that beautiful sound. I made the right decision! The intonation and overtones on that tenor are fantastic! I now know what Buescher fanatics like about the sax. As with any vintage sax there was some setup involved. I went over the entire horn with a microscope and found only one problem. The bridge bar between the E and D keys wasn't corked enough to press down on the E pad. AHA! So I cut a piece of cork to fit the gap and glued it in with Gorilla glue and VOILA, I can hit all the notes below D as good as when the horn was new. Yes, I use Gorilla glue very sparingly. The corks and felts stay put, and if you need to ever remove it a scalpel will do the trick. Those D and E keys are always a problem. I had the same issue on my Antigua curved soprano. It has a couple of set screws that help balance the pads where the Buescher requires fitting cork. If you ever find that you can't easily hit the low C on down the problem is often that bridge bar between D and E. Why the bridge bar? When you press the D key there are 4 (?) other keys that are pressed. Without the bridge bar between D and E there isn't enough force to press them all down enough, and the E key pad won't seal. However, with the bridge bar all the keys are pressed with both your right hand 2 and 3 fingers, where index is 1. This amplifies the force to close all the keys in the group. It also enables you to release finger 2 to trill the D note. The horn is rich in overtones, which are a product of the excellent intonation and some other magic I have not yet figured out. It SCREAMS when you overdrive it! I see why Rascher emphasized 4 octaves. It is easy to select the overtones you want to color your tone. I'm in sax heaven!

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