I just wanted to say out loud how much I get from SOTW.
I'll be 67 in 2015, and I've been playing since I was 9 years old, and I've had my ups and downs. All of us do.
But I am invigorated by the major enthusiasm I encounter here on an almost daily basis, from the younger members and the not-so-young ones too.
It has enlightened me at times, inspired me at other times and never fails to stir my imagination.
People have asked me if I like to practice and I have replied with a bit of a plagiarized line: I love HAVING practiced.
No matter how much of a struggle it is sometimes to get started, I always feel GREAT after a few hours of serious practice. It is a major reward for me in many ways.
I read posts often that cut to this statement: stop (fill in the blank) and go practice.
I agree to a degree, but we all need to be fed and I have had some serious nourishment on this site.
Please excuse my ignorance, but is there a thread containing slanguage, lingo, or vocabulary of Sax on the Web or of musicians and sax players in general? A place that defines terms that a newcomer might not know? Like SBA, big bell, stencil. Rehab/repad/regulate. Noodle. Low A. et cetera. I ask because I was looking for an explanation of what a big bell horn is. Obviously it has something to do with the bell of the horn, or something related to the bell, being bigger. But specifically? If there is such a discussion I have not found it, could someone direct me to it? If there isn't one, I request we start one. Right here in this thread.
Most or all the terms you list are not specific to this forum. Rather, they are part of the general saxophonic vocabulary. Thus, your best bet is simply to do some outside reading. You can easily find discussions of these terms elsewhere. Within SOTW, perhaps the best place to look for introductory material of this kind would be one of the forum sections for new players.
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.