Tonight I had a first ever in my 38 years of playing the sax. I was playing for the first time with a new blues band. We were supposed to be playing outside but there was a 60% chance of rain so they put us inside. The room was very live. Unfortunately it was right across the hall from the resort restaurant. Anyways, I came prepared to blow 'em away with my '29 Martin Handcraft and a Brilhart Levelaire (new model). We started off with me miked a bit. My sound was loud, rich and complex-like a really big early R&B tone. The electric guitar was actually playing kind of soft, the upright bass was miked, the drummer was using brushes and the singer's mike was relatively quiet. I was so loud, I turned off my mike! Soon, the waitress came over and said the whole band was too loud, especially the sax.
So, we turned down even more, and I took off the Levelaire and put on my Dukoff, which plays quieter. After the next song, the waitress came over and said we were still too loud!. I was blowing as quietly as I could and still be able to get a sound out of the mouthpiece. Still too loud. So I went out to the car and got my 7* Otto Link NY and put that one on the Martin. Still too loud! During the break, I took my '29 Martin out to the car and and brought in my '53 The Martin which plays quieter than the Handcraft. I put the Link on it, hoping this would be naturally quieter. The drummer looked at me with a sad look. I said, "Okay, I'm going home, I can't get any softer."
So they gave me 1/2 of my pay and my wife and I went home. The people who ran the place really apparently wanted us so much in the background that even the guys watching the football game were louder than us. "Johnny Be Good" sounded like it was playing on a transistor radio! Anyways- next week we'll probably be out on the patio again, so I'll get to do my thing. I was really getting off on my sound before they pulled the plug on my fun, so I don't feel too bad. One lady in the restaurant came over and asked me why I wasn't playing. She took one of my cards for another of my bands to play at one of her parties, so it wasn't a complete loss.