Keilwerth SX90R Alto Sax Review
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5d ago
Left to right: SX90R tenor, SX90R Shadow tenor, SX90R alto Front: 1957 Toneking alto Keilwerth Alto Sax SX90R: Model JK2400-5B-0 Country of origin: Germany Finish: Black nickel plate with gold lacquer keys and bell Price: varies greatly depending where you live, and what currency you buy them in. This one is $9350 Cdn. at Matterhorn Music Serial #: 130971 Date of manufacturing: circa 2021 Date of review: 2024 Setup used: Dukoff D8 refaced by Theo Wanne; Harry Hartmann Fiberreed Copper Carbon Classic alto saxophone 2.5; and Rovner Light lig I have been meaning to write this review for over ..read more
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Review of P. Mauriat Bass Sax
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5d ago
Intro Specs Specs & Video from P. Mauriat Case MPs Used in Playtest Uwe Ladwig’s Playtest for Sonic Reeds Used in Playtest Tone Response Feel Build Photo Gallery Who Might This Be Suited For? Lingering Questions & Thoughts Comparison Photos Thanks     Make: P. Mauriat Model: PM-350 Location of playtest: Long & McQuade downtown Vancouver at Main & Terminal Condition: Used (looks pretty much brand new) Price: $17, 950.00 Cdn. On their inventory product page it is listed as: “Used, Cannot Rebox”. Don’t know if that means they can’t ship it to another province o ..read more
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Review of P. Mauriat Bass Sax
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1w ago
Intro Specs Specs & Video from P. Mauriat Case MPs Used in Playtest Uwe Ladwig’s Playtest for Sonic Reeds Used in Playtest Tone Response Feel Build Photo Gallery Who Might This Be Suited For? Lingering Questions & Thoughts Comparison Photos Thanks     Make: P. Mauriat Model: PM-350 Location of playtest: Long & McQuade downtown Vancouver at Main & Terminal Condition: Used (looks pretty much brand new) Price: $17, 950.00 Cdn. On their inventory product page it is listed as: “Used, Cannot Rebox”. Don’t know if that means they can’t ship it to another province o ..read more
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Bassic Sax Christmas Gift Roundup
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3w ago
It is time again for what has become as [almost] annual tradition: the Bassic Sax Christmas gift roundup of saxophone-inspired gifts and collectibles that might find their way under your tree if you’ve been nice. However, if you’ve been naughty, I have some other stuff that you might find as well.  After what seemed like hours of painful searching in places like Etsy, eBay, and general Google searches, I narrowed things down to the following for 2023. To keep things fresh, none of these have appeared in previous years’ lists. The “Nice” List If you’ve been a nice saxophone player in 2023 ..read more
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Is a vintage sax less reliable?
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3w ago
A collection of MOP key work on some of my vintage saxes I was having an interesting conversation on a sax discussion board the other day about my new SX90R Shadow tenor. A bunch of us were kicking around moving from vintage to new/modern horns.  A member of the forum pointed out that in addition to the good ergos of new horns, he preferred the lack of regular maintenance and repairs that his new horns required, when compared to vintage horns.  I pointed out that I am not in any way becoming a new horn, or even a modern horn player. Other than my brand new Shadow, my next newest horn ..read more
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Happy Saxophone Day 2023!
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3w ago
It was 209 years ago today that a man was born who would forever change the musical landscape. Antoine-Joseph “Adolphe” Sax improved and invented many instruments, but he is of course most well known for the instrument that still carries his name to this day: the saxophone.  So as we take our horns out today, let’s pay homage to the man who made this all possible. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If it weren’t for Sax, we might all be playing something that looks like this….  or maybe this…. Thank you Mr. Sax. Your life was not easy, and you certainly never saw great pro ..read more
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An Unexpected Outcome At Windworks
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3w ago
Since COVID closed down the world’s longest undefended border for over a year, I haven’t been down to the US very often. When I have been down visiting my friends, I haven’t had many chances to do any shopping. That all changed earlier this month, when my long-time friend Kenton and I went to our favourite music store: Bellingham Wind Works.  I was staying with Kenton and his wife Wendy, in Anacortes, WA for a few days. Since we’re both saxophone players, he and I decided to spend an afternoon trying out horns at Wind Works. Flutes & sax mouthpieces: what could go wrong? Kenton was lo ..read more
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News Round Up: Part 1
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3w ago
I have been so busy doing some work for my tech, and working on much needed updates for my site, that The Bassic Sax Blog has really taken a backseat. So a few weeks ago I decided to take a quick trip down the news sections of some search engines and find what has been happening over the past couple of years. (Yes, it had really been that long since I looked at current saxophone happenings. Wow! I had really let things slide.) True, most of these stories are now in fact history, and no longer news. Nonetheless, I felt they were important/strange/curious enough that they should be included here ..read more
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Review of a Jinbao-made Bass Sax
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3w ago
Intro Specs MPs Used in Playtest Reed Used in Playtest Tone Response Feel Build Weight What I Didn’t Like What I Liked Photo Gallery Head to Head Against my Couf Duet: Sakkusu Bass & Couf Superba I Conclusion Players Who This Sax Might Be Good For Pros Cons Jinbao-made bass sax Stencil name: Sakkusu, but Jinbao stencils bass saxophones for anyone who orders them including, but not limited to: Thomann, International Woodwind, Wessex, Music Medic (Wilmington), STAGG, etc. etc. For a more complete list, check out the Jinbao page on Bassic Sax.  Price: Current price of Sakkusu i ..read more
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Bass Sax Pages on Bassic Sax: Progress Report
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3w ago
Conn bass #56518 Source: InstrumentAttic on eBay.com As I originally mentioned in an article on May 19, I finally began the process that I have had the back of my mind for years now: Totally retooling the bass sax section of Bassic Sax. My goal is to have it mostly redone by the end of the summer. Fingers crossed I’ll get there. So far I’m on track. It’s just a lot of work.  Since I have done a fair amount of work on it now, I thought I would bring it to your attention here. This gives anyone who is interested the opportunity to check it out.  As of this morning, these are the pages ..read more
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