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    Default Re: Timothy McAllister's setup

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Wintringham View Post
    Wow! I'm not really into arguing, but that has to be the most arrogant and ignorant post I have ever read.

    Do you know who he is? I mean, seriously. You are talking about one of the most accomplished saxophonists in the world. His technique is virtually unmatched and he has done more to promote the saxophone than everyone on this forum combined. Whether you like his playing or not, you can't argue his abilities or his success in furthering our instrument.

    A puddle under his seat??? There is a reason why McAllister was chosen for this work and a reason why he has received such wonderful reviews.

    Name me another saxophonist that has toured with a major US orchestra playing a monumental work by a pulitzer prize winning composer.

    I apologize for my criticisms, but there are few musicians like Tim McAllister out there and it is despicable that someone hiding behind a fake name has the ignorance to bash one of the leaders of our art form.

    This thread was created to find out McAllister's setup. This information has been posted. So please, no more insulting a man that can play circles around everyone here.

    As Angel so eloquently put it, Tim McAllister is a BAMF. Enough said.
    Listen up, numbnutz, I wasn't 'arrogant', I wasn't 'shredding' him, etc., I was posting some observations about the TV broadcast and what it's like to play sax in an orchestral environment.

    As far as "saxophonist who's toured with a major orchestra", how 'bout Rascher with The Boston Symphony?? That might just qualify...and, I'd imagine some other SOTW contributors who are up on the historical aspects of classical sax more so than I can conjure up some other instances.

    As far as my 'puddle' statement, when you've played in an orchestra for a couple of decades, maybe you could comment about live playing. Everybody has times they play towards their best, times they don't. If you'd bother to read my comments with an open mind, you'll note that I didn't actually criticize his playing; I commented on finger movement, and acknowledged that the part appeared to be quite difficult.

    McAllister certainly seems to be one of the better players out there -now- on the classical circuit, but I've been around long enough to have heard many great players, and around long enough to know that no one has a monopoly on talent.

    I'm not hiding behind a 'fake' name and I'm not ignorant, so get over it and move on, son.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMASAX View Post
    Listen up, numbnutz...
    You're better than that.

    Quote Originally Posted by AMASAX
    As far as "saxophonist who's toured with a major orchestra", how 'bout Rascher with The Boston Symphony? That might just qualify...and, I'd imagine some other SOTW contributors who are up on the historical aspects of classical sax more so than I can conjure up some other instances.
    We're talking about today. Comparing today's astounding virtuoso to yesterday's astounding virtuoso is like comparing the most delicious apple to the most delicious orange.

    (Edited to add something smarter-sounding about context being extremely important when considering the evolution of saxo approach. The apples/oranges thing, I realized, doesn't really apply here after a few minutes of thought.)

    Quote Originally Posted by AMASAX
    As far as my 'puddle' statement, when you've played in an orchestra for a couple of decades, maybe you could comment about live playing. Everybody has times they play towards their best, times they don't.
    From one orchestral saxo to another, I'm sure we're in agreement that each organization is drastically different in terms of standards, politics, etc. That being the case, it's not safe to assume anything about any orch situation. Knowing Tim to be a stone cold killer, I feel comfortable telling you that there wasn't even a thought of a puddle until you mentioned one off the cuff.

    He does it live. Ninja style. Every time.

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    I've been around long enough to have heard many great players, around long enough to know that no one has a monopoly on talent.
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    There was a time when I thought things like embouchure, finger position, breath support, tension, no tension...all that stuff mattered...But time after time I was proven wrong by absolutely breathtaking performances and thus I pay that stuff no mind. It's definately better to start a student off with the "right" fundamentals but if it works don't fix it...Watch Otis's finger motion when he plays...it's all over the place. Sinta bangs the keys like a rock star and sampen does a bit of both of that...on the other hand...Joe Lulloff and Kelland Thomas have IMPECCABLE finger position and motion...rather amazing to see...

    McCallister has played music like this for years now--he wasn't sweating that at all. Like Angel said he's a real ninja. I can only think of a few classical saxos that give McCallister a run for his money...but I'd say hands down top three in the US and top ten in the World...

    Peace

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    Quote Originally Posted by NatureColor View Post
    Last time I saw him.. about a month or two months ago. he played a Series III with the red copper neck. S90 mouthpiece (190 I think..) and a gold plated Bay ligature. He endorses Rico Reserves so i guess he was using them. He sounds really awesome.. CDs really dont do any justice...
    That's how its done! Customized Selmer S90 190 mouthpieces for the win! (I use one I altered the baffle on for a darker sound )
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    Default Re: Timothy McAllister's setup

    Tim now plays on a GP Series III sop.

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    Default Re: Timothy McAllister's setup

    He will be the classical saxophonist at Morehead State University's 2nd annual saxophone day this Saturday. I'll try & confirm.

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    This whole thread is just hilarious. I can't believe a debate really sprung up over whether or not somebody thought his fingers were too far off the keys...

    In any event, T-Mac is now playing a gold plated Series III alto, as well.

    No word yet on what his synthetic hyperbrain is made of.

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    This thread is awesome.

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    Default Re: Timothy McAllister's setup

    What kind of Ishimori ligature does he use? Solid silver?

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