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by Dr. J
(5 posts)
11 months ago

Sax vs. Sax vs. Sax

Through my years of playing tenor, I've accumulated quite a few nice vintage horns. I've alternated between them to serve as my main gigging horn, but I'm interested in your opinion. Here are some of my favorites for playing rock and blues gigs. Please rank them in the order of your preference, assuming all are roughly equal condition and properly adjusted:


1. 1950 Conn 10m, nice finish that may not be original, metal resonators, no RTH.


2. 1939 Martin Committee II Lion & Crown, original finish 90%  


3. 1933 Martin Handcraft Imperial, relacquered then delacquered, gently both times.


4. 1930 Martin Typewriter, satin silver, gold wash bell. 


5. 1919 Conn New Wonder Series I, small dents on bottom but set up for a big sound. 


I understand very well that this is completely subjective, but opinions are exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks for your help! 

     

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  1. by Saxquest
    (320 posts)

    11 months ago

    Re: Sax vs. Sax vs. Sax

    I'd grab the 1939 Martin Committee II for the gig if I had my choice of these horns.

    Cheers,
         Mark Overton
         www.saxquest.com

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    1. by Dr. J
      (5 posts)

      11 months ago

      Re: Sax vs. Sax vs. Sax

      Interesting choice--thanks!

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  2. by GFC
    (359 posts)

    11 months ago

    Re: Sax vs. Sax vs. Sax

    Hard to go wrong with either 1 or 2 for blues.  But the mouthpiece setup seems a little more important choice if you're playing to be heard in a band with loud guitars.

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    1. by Dr. J
      (5 posts)

      11 months ago

      Re: Sax vs. Sax vs. Sax

      I use a metal Otto Link 9 with a Fibracell 1.5.

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      1. by GFC
        (359 posts)

        11 months ago

        Re: Sax vs. Sax vs. Sax

        STM or NY STM?

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        1. by Dr. J
          (5 posts)

          11 months ago

          Re: Sax vs. Sax vs. Sax

          My 9 is an STM short-shank from the 90s, and my 7 is an STM long-shank from the 80s.

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        2. by GFC
          (359 posts)

          11 months ago

          Re: Sax vs. Sax vs. Sax

          Screamin' power with that 9 setup.  The reason I asked is that someone recently commented how much louder my STM was over my NY STM with a similar tip.

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        3. by Dr. J
          (5 posts)

          11 months ago

          Re: Sax vs. Sax vs. Sax

          It's a nice, open sound, but still warm and flexible with the Fibracell 1.5 reed.

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