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  1. The Leak Light Speaks: Budget saxophone purchase, customization and reflections.

    The Leak Light Speaks is a clear, concise and comprehensive handbook on the budget saxophone, available on eBay and other sites.

    Any saxophone can be given adequate intonation.

    In this guide,...
  2. Re: The Used Saxophone in the Jazz Context. Book by Tom Levitt. (Zagzig)

    Thank you for your kind words, allenlowe.

    However, i would like to state the following: I agree with Dog Pants that a book writer should inform his sources that he is writing a book. However, in...
  3. Re: The Used Saxophone in the Jazz Context. Book by Tom Levitt. (Zagzig)

    I am not a saxophone expert. However, I believe that I have written a good book about saxophones. If you like good writing, you will like my book.

    Dog Pants has said it beautifully: I have...
  4. Re: The Used Saxophone in the Jazz Context. Book by Tom Levitt. (Zagzig)

    I am not a professional saxophone technician.

    Rather, I am a serious amateur repairer and amateur player who has done a lot of research.

    Over the last 5 years, I have overhauled about a dozen...
  5. Re: The Used Saxophone in the Jazz Context. Book by Tom Levitt. (Zagzig)

    I repair saxophones.

    I write from personal experience, but I also did a lot of research, principally on the web.

    Sax on the Web site is easily the world’s most interesting saxophone site....
  6. The Used Saxophone in the Jazz Context. Book by Tom Levitt. (Zagzig)

    My name is Tom Levitt.


    I am a writer living in the Montreal region. I have been playing the saxophone on and off for 35 years. About 5 years ago, I got seriously interested in anything having to...
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    So Wilsaxo, what do you think of low end Chinese...

    So Wilsaxo, what do you think of low end Chinese pads?

    In particular, I would like to know how they hold up with time.
  8. So, Spiderjames, in your view it is ideal that ...

    So, Spiderjames, in your view it is ideal that the horn hang a little more than 45 degrees.

    Could you give me a little more detail about the placement of the thumb rest in relation to the ...
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    Simso, what I meant was perhaps Chinese low end...

    Simso, what I meant was perhaps Chinese low end pads are sometimes more porous than the norm.

    I will make my point an other way.

    A set of alto Precision pads cost about $30.

    A set of alto...
  10. Martinm5862, you may not have understood the...

    Martinm5862, you may not have understood the problem because I was mixed up in this paragraph:


    I recently moved the thumb rest on a horn down about half an inch so as to place the thumb adjacent...
  11. Correct placement of neckstrap eyelet and thumb rest

    What is the proper angle for a saxophone to hang on its neck strap?

    I have one saxophone where the horn hangs almost horizontal to the floor.

    Clearly in this case the neck strap eyelet was...
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    Low end Chinese pads

    I am presently working on a an almost new low end Chinese saxophone.

    These low end Chinese pads have quite a deep seat due to, I can only presume, the softness of the felt used in their...
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    Gordon, is the idea of the Scotch Guard Fabric...

    Gordon, is the idea of the Scotch Guard Fabric protector

    a) to protect the pad from aging faster due to absorbion of water and impurities coming from the mouth,
    b) or is the purpose of this...
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    I am inclined to defer to Gordon’s erudition ...

    I am inclined to defer to Gordon’s erudition

    So it seems to be the case that it would be a long time before the mechanism of a low end Chinese sax needs swedging.

    But will the linkage arms...
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    I am still wondering about the possibility of the...

    I am still wondering about the possibility of the arms warping.

    I ask members: In your experience do they warp?

    I can see Gordon’s point that if the mechanism is lubricated regularly, there...
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    From what I see, Chinese student horns are...

    From what I see, Chinese student horns are divided into those with soft metal key work - like the $300US ebay Cecilio etc and those with hard metal key work like the Jupiter for example.

    The horn...
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    Concerning question a) I understand that if...

    Concerning question a)

    I understand that if the arm bends it will need adjusting.

    My question is rather: do the arms of low end Chinese saxophone have a tendency to warp with time?
    ...
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    Low End Chinese Saxophones

    I recently worked on a low end Chinese saxophone that had been played a little roughly for a few months.

    This was one of those generic new models from -I presume- mainland China

    The mechanism...
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    avoiding singed lacquer

    I recently worked on a low end Chinese saxophone and I inadvertently singed the the key cup lacquer with my micro torch.

    To what extent does lacquer discolor because of too much heat and to what...
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    Does the fact that shellac is harder than hot...

    Does the fact that shellac is harder than hot melt mean the pad feels better under the fingers i.e. less springy if I use shellac as opposed to hot melt?

    Yamaha, Yanigisawa Keilwerth etc- Do...
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