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by rwillia85
(4 posts)
5 years ago

Help me choose the best Chcago Blues sax!

Hi, I am planning to buy a tenor saxophone soon, but it seems the more I read about them, the more confused I become. So, I need advice on choosing the right saxophone for my circumstances and goals. First, my budget will be in the $2,200 to $3,000 range. Though I've never played sax before, I don't want to start with a "student" model and have to move up in a couple of years. I'd like this to be the only sax I ever buy ('m already 54 yrs old - late bloomer!) I want to play Chicago blues and blues/rock music, maybe try a little blues-jazz (more on the bluesey side than jazz) sometime down the road, so I want a beefy, rich sound. As an example of the sound I'm looking for, check out Noble Watts' "Slow Draggin' " and "Nobility" on his album "Return of the Thin Man". I'm thinking maybe a vintage sax would suit my goals, better, but which one? Or should I go for a new YTS-475? Thanks for any advice! Rhonda

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  1. by rwillia85
    (4 posts)

    5 years ago

    Re: Help me choose the best Chcago Blues sax!

    P.S. How about a Mauriat 76? would that be a good one?

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  2. by kelsey
    (818 posts)

    5 years ago

    Re: Help me choose the best Chcago Blues sax!

    The Mauriat 76 or a Yamaha 62ll either one would be in your price range and are both fine horns. I play a vintage horn and really love it but they do require a lot of care. I wouldn't buy a vintage horn without something as a back up. I have used the Yamaha 62 as a backup and really loved it when my Mark Vls was ill........Kelsey
    Barry Kelsey

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    1. by cuber
      (653 posts)

      5 years ago

      Re: Help me choose the best Chcago Blues sax!

      hm... i would suggest a King super 20, but the good ones are out of that range. and i dont really think i could suggest a vintage sax to a beginner. they are... quirky. ive got a 475 alto. i guess it could be a chicago blues horn, but i dont really hear it in the sax. of course i take it in more of a big band type direction. hm... heard killer chicago blues this weekend, but really its more the player than the sax. Id suggest a yamaha 62 or 82z

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      1. by rwillia85
        (4 posts)

        5 years ago

        Re: Help me choose the best Chcago Blues sax!

        I aprreciate the feedback, Cuber and Kelsey. I'm thinking now that I won't go the vinatge route, since I don't want a sax that's going to require more maintenance or be "quirky". Both of you mentioned the 62, so I may go that route. Still, I like what I'm hearing about the Mauriat 76, too. I don't know, I wish there was a music store locally that had both in stock so I could try them both out, (or listen to someone else try them out). It looks like it's down to one of those two, though. Thanks so much!

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    2. by newreedsyndrome
      (343 posts)

      5 years ago

      Re: Help me choose the best Chcago Blues sax!

      See if you can find a used Keilwerth. Those are ballsy. A King Super 20 would be great, or a Conn 10m. But those are vintage and ill be a little more pricy

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      1. by newreedsyndrome
        (343 posts)

        5 years ago

        Re: Help me choose the best Chcago Blues sax!

        *will

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        1. by rwillia85
          (4 posts)

          5 years ago

          Re: Help me choose the best Chcago Blues sax!

          which keilwerth model would you suggest?

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