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by Jman23
(7 posts)
10 years ago

Looking for a new sax

I am curently playing on a yamaha 52 and looking to buy a new sax. I planning to try out the two new custom models and the selmers series II or III. I was wondering wich would be best to buy.

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  1. by SaxMan
    (559 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: Looking for a new sax

    ghaaaaa! not another one of this questions! See you are just listing names, you have no idea what you want, the II, III and custom models are 4 EXTREMELY different saxes, they cant be put in the same league. (the selmers are in a higher one ;) )

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  2. by cavefish
    (20 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: Looking for a new sax

    hey i just bought a yts52 how do they play

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  3. by thesaxman1965
    (2 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: Looking for a new sax

    Im definately no expert--grab your favorite mouthpiece, and hit the music stores--most all will let you play for free--find one that feels responsive to you---good luck-have fun-steve

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  4. by sax_maniac
    (984 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: Looking for a new sax

    I hear that the Selmers are made in French sweat shops using Afghani refugees. Stick with Yamaha. ----- Just kidding. I love my III. It plays so well, that I sometimes forget what a ridiculous country it originated from.

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    1. by cyber75sax
      (33 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: Looking for a new sax

      I was wondering why my middle-eastern scales always sounded a little sweeter on my Selmer- those darned Afghanis.

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      1. by johnsonfromwisconsin
        (767 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Looking for a new sax

        It depends on your preference, but the Yamaha Customs are definitely in the same league as the Selmers. If I were shopping for a new alto, my preference would be the Selmer Reference, Yani 992/991, and Yamaha Custom Z, in that order.

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        1. by Spike
          (248 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          i assume you're looking for an alto here, so i'll just say straight out: but the Keilwerth SX90R straight alto. My goodness, it's AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! i played one for the first time today, it blew every other horn i've played(including the regular sx90r i love s dearly) out of the water. of course if you're not looking to spend 4 grand, the regular sx90r, the yas 82z and the mark vi are a little chaper, and still good. but i'm serious, the sx90r straight alto is incredible.

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        2. by sax_maniac
          (984 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          I'd love to hear more about the straight alto. Please elaborate!!!

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        3. by Spike
          (248 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          it's much like the curved alto, but more freeblowing like a tenor, and resposive like a soprano. The tone is stronger and more edgy as well, i had no problem playing jazz with a C*. If anything, it feels like a soprano, but sounds mellower and deeper like a curved alto. It also kept that big keilwerth sound, which suprised me.

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        4. by sax_maniac
          (984 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          Responsive, yet mellow and deep!?!?! Sounds like a good classical horn, too! The edginess may have to do with it being straight, which can usually be counterbalanced with a large chambered mpc. At least that's how it works out on my straight soprYani. If I ever look for another alto to complement my III, I'll have to try one of these straight altos. Another horn for me could mean a trip to a divorce attorney right now, though. Who's got these in stock in the U.S.?

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        5. by Spike
          (248 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          Ugh, WWBW's the only big name i know that does. If you're in the minneapolis area, Adam Bestler could get one, and has one you might be able to try.

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        6. by cyber75sax
          (33 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          Now THAT'S funny.

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        7. by sax_maniac
          (984 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          I've found that talking politics has always lost me more friends than I've made talking politics. The same can happen when talking sax. Ever seen an experienced jazz player in a concert band lose it when he's told he's using the wrong mouthpiece? It ain't pretty.

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        8. by Saxquest
          (317 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          Just a reminder that this is a saxophone discussion forum NOT a political discussion forum. All off topic posts have been deleted. Cheers, MarkO

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        9. by Spike
          (248 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          that's really just as well, i was getting too worked up. my story can still be found at spike-spiegel604.blogspot.com if anyone's interested.

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        10. by saxflores
          (18 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          well I play on one of the old 875 customs and it has served me quite well. The keyboard is very comfortable and the sound is just right. My jazz sound has a lot of debth to it which I like a lot. Hope this helps.

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        11. by SaxMan
          (559 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          Caleb, i just left minneapolis - I couldnt stop anywhere - got called back to work early - I hope this continental can let me average about 70 miles an hour...

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        12. by Selmk7ag
          (5 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          just tried the new Reference alto, best alto Selmer has made in a long time IMHO.

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        13. by Spike
          (248 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          haha, good luck keith slmk7ag, did you try the 36 or the 54? as everyone probably has read at some point, i hate the 54, but to be honest, the 36 probably is th best current production selmer. P.S. what's IMHO mean? i'm not hip to the online community's slang.

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        14. by SaxMan
          (559 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          Well I hit 95 today testing her out that was a mistake though, blew a tire on a - something. I love this car, it was well worth the 17 grand. well this lap top is almost out of battery so I am not going to get too long winded and go on to the other conversations.

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        15. by cyber75sax
          (33 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          The web slang has gotten a little like its own language lately. IMHO means "In My Humble Opinion" or a reasonable facsimile thereof.

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        16. by Spike
          (248 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          haha, IMHO. i prefer to just state my opinions as facts.

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        17. by SaxMan
          (559 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          lmfao - I was about to say the same thing!!!

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        18. by Spike
          (248 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          gwa!!! what's LMFAO mean? is there some sort of accronym extend-o-tron i can find?

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        19. by SaxMan
          (559 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          Laughing my - I dont remember what the f was... laughing my something ass off.

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        20. by cyber75sax
          (33 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          Actually, there is. Go to www.netlingo.com.

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        21. by chiamac
          (586 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Looking for a new sax

          I know this may be late and off topic... SPIKE... remind me to try out that straight alto next week when I'm in town. (or this weekend, or sometime) it sucks to be stuck out in the middle of nowhere north of st cloud mn. nothing to do! I'll have to dig the horns out again and do some playing.=) oh and as for "looking for a new sax" I'm a fan of old Conns, I have a '41 10M tenor and a 39 or 40 6M alto. Both are really nice horns and well worth the combined $1800 I spent (I know peopole... ) I think it's worth looking into over something new. What do you have to lose?

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