Just purchased a well-loved S-800 with a metal link 7.
This may not be the place to ask but have trawled the forums; this is my first Soprano coming from Tenor and holy crap my intonation is all over the place like a chimpanzee driving a Ferrari!
I have been reading about changes in embouchure need to play soprano (for and against) but while I can play the lower octave no sweat, things get crazy above a middle D. Will drop it into the tech tomorrow but welcome any suggestions in the meantime.
Really trying to keep the Dexter Gordon protruding lower lip happening but the only way I seem to be able to play the sop in tune is to chomp on the mouthpiece.
Hope it is just me and not the horn....
Push the mouthpiece on the cork farther.
Life is too short for long tones
Soprano is a beast to tame, it's very temperamental, as you have found out kennyboy!...try to get a teacher to help you out, meanwhile keep playing them longtones, don't give up on it, eventually you'll get along with soprano just fine!
Thanks for the encouragement.... I have been playing tenor for 30 years and I thought, hey how hard can it be? Good ego check, that's for sure. New respect for all the sop players out there that make it look easy. I am off my neighbours Christmas card list now and the cat won't come inside.... Great fun!
I can now say I am a member! Bought an SC992! Freakin amazing soprano!
Soprano S880 Elimona
They have not done better.
Very dark Yani HR5 chamber expanded by Mojo
Medium dark Link Tone Edge 9* RJS 2M
Bright Theo Wanne Gaia 8 Gonzalez 2RC (explosive)
(New guy. Novice player who likes a sweet sound.)I play a Yani S991 with the curved neck. LOVE that horn! Did everything a Selmer Serie III did for me and over $1000 less (at the time). The only horn I have ever bought brand new, and probably will ever buy new. I have a Claude Lakey 7*3 Mouthpiece and Vandoreen Blue Box #3 reed. Love to play Jazz, Blues, Funk, Soul, etc. I hope to find and own a Yani B6 or 880 Bari soon.
I read an article about "14 Saxophone Shops to Visit Before You Die". (I'm not unwell.)
The only one near me at the time was Roberto's Winds in Time Square. I found it (not that easy).
There was a second hand S991 up there, with a curved neck. I'd heard Yanagisawa were good. It was US $1400.
Now it lives in Western Australia. It has a sweet sound. Lovely brightness on a tune like: Sol Na Tchada (Cabo Verde).
Golden Horns: Welcome to SOTW. That S991 should serve you well. That model usually has two necks - one straight and one curved. Some like a curved neck, others like straight necks . it matters to the player but not the audience. DAVE
Bought mine last October, a TWO10. Play it with a Theo Wanne Durga 7*, and a Forestone Hinoki M reed.
(Hope this allows me to get into the YOC!)
Hey, I believe it is my turn to be Club Treasurer this year. Yay!!!
I am happy to collect all and disperse appropriately. Ahem.
I have a 991 alto and a 901 tenor. I play in the Australian Army Band and they were kind enough to issue me a 911 soprano.
I have a hard rubber and metal mouthpiece both made by Jody Jazz for my alto and use both depending on the sort of gig and an Ottolink 7* for the tenor.
My like using either 2 1/2 Vandorean Java or Jazz reeds. Thinking of trying 3s next time I need to get another box
I play a A-992 with a Meyer 7M hard rubber mouthpiece. I use it together with a Vandoren M/O ligature with red Java reeds strength 3. Gives me a really sweet tone that I dig!
I play mostly in a amateur big band.
Happy new owner ebay purchase T-880. Plays, good sound.
Physically in excellent condition for its age. No dents or dings, none. Relatively minor scratching and miniscule lacquer imperfection. Very clean and no odor. Original case fully functional, but shows use. My guess is pads are original, very clean.
It will take a trip to see a tech. Fingers crossed, a bit of noise in the action (corks) and the left hand pinkie table action is adjusted very light. Maybe some pads and adjustment
Bonus, came with a well used Selmer S 80 C* and good Meyer 5m mouthpiece, both in playable condition.
Sorry to run on, but i lucked into a really nice sax and exactly what I wanted. í*½í¹
Just joined the club! Bought a TW02 and had my first chance to practice with it today. Very very impressed. Impeccable build quality, amazing keywork, very versatile, and a nice depth of tone for a very free blowing horn. Maybe it's the bronze? Who knows. All I can tell you is that Yani really nailed it with this one. Very excited about this horn and looking forward to spending a lot of time with it in the coming years.
I recently acquired a beautiful a880 for my daughter; looks to have original pads, nary a scratch on it, and plays great. Only thing is , the keywork is a bit noisy in spots. She has had a sc800 for a few years, and gets on beautifully with it. A minor, but still cool thing, is that both horns are from the same time period and they both came with the nice brown, large grain leather cases with the gold interior...a matching set!