Started playing alto in second grade. Played variously alto, tenor, bari and soprano through high school and college. I particularly enjoyed playing in jazz bands and pit orchestras. I'm just getting back into playing after a very long layoff. Just for my personal enjoyment. But I wouldn't mind performing again, just amateur stuff would be nice.
The tattered remains of the lovely New Jersey Shore.
History, reading, experimenting with various setups trying to find that elusive "sound" on my horns.
Work in a hardware store because there aren't many history jobs out there.
I got my old school:
Royal Artist, Bruno, NY (Beuscher Stencil) ca. 1922-1923
Royal Artist Bruno, NY (Conn Stencil) ca. 1922
Gretsch Commander ca. 1930
Couturier (Grand Rapids Band Instrument Company-USA Line)
Frank Holton ca.1924
I got my cool French stencils:
Frank Holton Collegiate (Beaugnier Model 37 in disguise)
Vito Kenosha (Beugnier Model 37)
Vito Model 35 Semi-Rationale
I got a thing for Italian saxes:
Alexandre (Orsi Stencil?) ca. 1970's
Airflow (A. Rampone)
Croydon (A. Rampone)
Hallmark (Ditta Giglio)
And a CMC. Not sure who makes it. But it's built like a tank.
Tenor: Orpheum Deluxe
C-Melody: Frank Holton ca. 1926
Rudolph Wulitzer, silver plated
Bari: Selmer Mark VI, ca. 1977
Mouthpieces: Got a bad case of GAS so I have way too many to mention. But I'm having a ton of fun seeing what works and what doesn't!
BA in history. Almost a masters in History. PhD at the school of hard knocks.