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    Hello all,

    New members (welcome) and old members frequently post things that have been repeated so many times. This is something that is hard to avoid. Very hard to avoid. Since most people don't want to use the search function, here is a small index to frequently asked questions. It won't be complete from the start, but I will progressively update this until it is more complete.

    Thanks. Hope this helps.

    Saxophone:

    Does Finish/Material affect Tone?

    http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...ad.php?t=62244
    http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...ad.php?t=61212
    http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...ad.php?t=42432
    http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...ad.php?t=40249
    http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...ad.php?t=96155


    What type of reed is best for me?

    How to pick out a reed: http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...ad.php?t=91965
    Basic reed tools: http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...d.php?t=109722
    Synthetic reeds: http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...ad.php?t=22824
    For Morgan: http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...d.php?t=106682
    For Otto Link: http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...d.php?t=105332
    Darkest Tenor Reed: http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...d.php?t=106833
    Reed Preparation and Modification: http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...ad.php?t=67804
    Gonzalez Reeds: http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...ad.php?t=65279
    Synthetic Reed: http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...ad.php?t=77981
    Rant: http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...ad.php?t=73248
    Brightest reed: http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...ad.php?t=65681
    Soft Reeds: http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...ad.php?t=30134
    Reed Rotation: http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...ad.php?t=14323
    Teachers don't like synthetics, help: http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...ead.php?t=9718
    Matching reeds and mouthpieces: http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...d.php?t=101245
    Advice on Java reeds: http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...ad.php?t=98025

    Remember, reeds are as personal as mouthpieces. What is best for me might not be the best for you.

    Is Kenny G good?

    http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=13304
    http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=105775
    http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=905

    What is the best saxophone?

    There is no best. The best is the one that works for you.

    What is the best case?

    Walt Johnson vs BAM: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=104854
    Traveling with a sax: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=93283
    For a Buescher tenor: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=11797
    Buescher TH&C: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=32222
    For SX90R: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=36602
    How to remove cat odour: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=17224
    How good are walt johnson cases?: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=23860
    For Conn Transitional: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=75329
    For 10M: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=86023
    Light Cases: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=84749

    What is the best mouthpiece?

    There is no best. The best is the one that works for you.

    How do you clean a mouthpiece

    http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...ghlight=bleach
    http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin...=bleach&page=3

    Mouthpiece Suggestions to replace current soprano mouthpiece:

    For a complex rich sound: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=109656
    For ballads: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=101776
    Classical: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=95241
    Most Free-blowing: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=86852
    General: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=58682
    Dark sound: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=34673
    Great intonation and projection: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=27903
    Otto Link Soprano mouthpieces: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=7182
    Edgy tone: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=872
    For Beginner: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=106754

    NOTE- Mouthpiece choice should not be influenced by horn shape, brand or colour, unless there are intonation problems (possibly due to a really modern mouthpiece on a really old horn).

    Mouthpiece Suggestions to replace current alto mouthpiece:

    Mouthpiece Suggestions :http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=107059
    Rock Mouthpiece: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=109770
    For the Blues: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=105212
    From Jazz to Classical: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=109152
    For Classical: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=103247
    Long rollover baffle: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=101398
    For lead alto playing: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=100708
    Versatile Jazz piece: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=100573
    Loudest: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=51192
    Hard Rubber or Metal for Jazz: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=76806
    Bright sound: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=712
    For Easy Altissimo: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=14994
    Edgy and Mellow: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=5394
    Rich and Complex sounding under $150: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=115446

    NOTE- Mouthpiece choice should not be influenced by horn shape, brand or colour, unless there are intonation problems (possibly due to a really modern mouthpiece on a really old horn).


    Mouthpiece Suggestions to replace current Tenor mouthpiece:

    Sound clips and comparisons: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=81124
    Bright sound: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=956
    For Jazz: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=3047
    Lead Tenor: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=6328
    For College: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=5801
    Big, dark , edgy: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=9703
    Classical: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=7294
    To Cut through: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=7483
    Great Metal pieces: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=8907
    Upgrade: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=110774
    Smooth Ballads: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=12109
    Big, round, good subtone: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=10708
    Big, Fat, wide sound: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=11471
    Darkest sounding: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=15320
    Edgy: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=17523
    Jody Jazz vs Phil Barone: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=20887
    Full Bottom, Easy Altissimo: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=30819
    Under .100 opening: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=28577
    Dark, Bright, Cutting, Warm and Funky: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=30098
    Versatility: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=41233
    Full Fat in the Palm Keys: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=58633
    All round Hard Rubber: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=51474
    Rock/Funk/Blues: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=47826
    Legit: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=52062
    Cutting and Great Altissimo: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=50285
    Great Metal Jazz: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=63111
    Controllable Power and Brightness: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=64600
    Like a Sugal: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=44528
    For Beginners: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=73253
    Fusion: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=89190
    Cheap Step-up jazz: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=104178
    Florida Links: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=102222
    Modern Sounding under $300: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=108022
    Caravan and Rascher: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=101784

    NOTE- Mouthpiece choice should not be influenced by horn shape, brand or colour, unless there are intonation problems (possibly due to a really modern mouthpiece on a really old horn).


    Mouthpiece Suggestions to replace current Bari mouthpiece:

    Loud Classical: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=91297
    Punchy: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=100211
    Under $100: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=75735
    For Beginner: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=109651
    Upgrade: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=63210
    Rock 'n' Roll: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=61992
    Warm Vintage: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=49491
    For Quartet: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=50699
    Blues: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=34901
    Tuba sound: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=14350
    For School: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=3418

    NOTE- Mouthpiece choice should not be influenced by horn shape, brand or colour, unless there are intonation problems (possibly due to a really modern mouthpiece on a really old horn).


    Doubling:

    Flute:

    Open or closed hole?: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=108257
    Vibrato: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=40022

    Clarinet:

    A good starter clarinet: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=59374
    Stopping squeaks: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=64683
    Developing clarinet tone: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=60242

    Useful links:

    Fingering charts:

    http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=115476

    Sax Setups:

    http://www.du.edu/lamont/Mpce.html
    http://www.theowanne.com/mouthpieces...ayerSetUps.php

    Sax Pics:

    http://www.saxpics.com/

    Facing Charts

    http://www.jodyjazz.com/facings.html
    http://www.reedsandmore.com.au/comparison_chart.pdf

    More Stuff:

    http://www.petethomas.co.uk/
    http://neffmusic.com/cms/index.php
    http://www.saxstation.com/

    How to pack a sax for shipment:

    http://www.cybersax.com/packsax.html

    Spotting a Relacquer:

    http://drrick.com/relacquered.html

    Mouthpiece Pics and info:

    http://www.mouthpiecemuseum.com/Mout...seum/Home.html
    http://www.springermpc.com/anatidx.html

    Free Sheet Music

    http://www.blanksheetmusic.net

    I will update this regularly.
    Last edited by Jazz House; 07-17-2009 at 11:13 AM. Reason: updated
    Soprano: Jean Baptiste Deluxe Curved Soprano, Bari Gold #8,#3 Alexander Superial reeds
    Tenor: Conn 10M Naked Lady, Sakshama Shorty 7*, #3S RJS reeds

    Index of Common Questions!!!

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    This should be a sticky
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    X2. Make this a sticky! Should locate all those "What Mouthpiece should I use on my Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Bari?" threads too There must be hundreds!
    '60s Vito (France) Mo 38 A.Sax; '22 Harwood Professional C(Buescher Stencil); '26 King Bari; '70s H. Couf Superba II Tenor Sax;'20s Beaufort American Curvy Sop (Conn stencil) w/white Roos blueminorjazzcombo@groups.facebook.com

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    Excellent work! Yes this should be a sticky, so that everyone with these question can ignore the sticky and post a new thread anyway - to which throngs and masses will nevertheless, then, post answers instead of directing those asking, back to the sticky.

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    Just search "Gary."

    His name is associated with every oft-asked question on this thread.

    Regarding specifics, there are a few other members associated with certain disciplines:

    Origin of manufacture? Grumps
    Dukoff refacing? Mojobari
    Mouthpieces and jaw stuff? PhilBarone
    Sound? Hakukani
    Cannonball? jbtsax
    Teaching in Philly? TimPrice
    French verbs? Silvin
    Stretch pants? saxmanglen
    Castration? bandmommy
    Useless posting? CarlH
    Guitarist bent? Yofis
    Bent Bent? Probably me.

    This is only a small list, put together between working deals at a car dealership on a Sunday. If I left anyone out, like Simon or Spartacus or any other of the not-ready-for-primetime-players, it was not intentional.
    Just two questions: Where's the Bar located relative to the stage, and does the band get a discount?

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    Definitely sticky worthy. Good job JH.
    It's only cool until Kenny G does it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesaxgirl View Post
    Definitely sticky worthy. Good job JH.
    Yes. And Marty is also defiinitely worth a sticky.
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    Julius Keilwerth SX90R tenor


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    Quote Originally Posted by gary View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bluesaxgirl View Post
    Definitely sticky worthy. Good job JH.
    Yes. And Marty is also defiinitely worth a sticky.
    Y'know, that means something different than what you're used to in Germany.

    You dirty bastard!
    Just two questions: Where's the Bar located relative to the stage, and does the band get a discount?

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    marty is sticky
    "there are two means of refuge from the misery of life-music and cats," Dr. Albert Schweitzer

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    It is sticky now, but this actually will belong to "New Members" forum.

    Thank you, Jazz House!

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    Please post a link to this thread if you see a search-lazy person.
    Soprano: Jean Baptiste Deluxe Curved Soprano, Bari Gold #8,#3 Alexander Superial reeds
    Tenor: Conn 10M Naked Lady, Sakshama Shorty 7*, #3S RJS reeds

    Index of Common Questions!!!

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    I am a new member. Jim Smith in Hendersonville, NC

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    My wife has a C.G. Conn which we would like to sell. Good condition, no dents, scratches, etc. Patent # is 1119954. Patent date is Dec. 8, 1914. Serial # is M202497. Has an L below serial# and 0 above the serial #. How do we go about determining it's worth

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    Ok Jazz House, time for you to find all the threads about how much a each and every model sax is worth. Eventually half the forum is going to be in this thread! Organized! Great job! Helped me!

    EDIT: The links that have suspension dots (...) in them seem broken.

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