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    I have searched all over, but have not been successful. And could some people who have studied with him give some words of experience with Dr. McAllister and his thoughts on "brands" of saxes. (Ex. play Selmer, as long as you sound good I don't care, etc...) I am already trying to develop a list of possible grad schools and ASU is on the list.
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    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...
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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 really interesting you say that because "In Transit" is already incredible. Now I really want to hear him live.
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    Yeah, he's astounding on In Transit, and even better live, if you can believe it. A true BAMF.

    And I concur with the above report on his alto setup, though he may have worked on his own mpc.
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    So is this just his alto setup or the same with all his saxes?
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    As far as I know, that has been his alto setup for some time. His students who are members here should feel free to chime in with updates.

    T-Mac did tell me recently that on soprano he performs on a customized S80, with a BG Tradition gold-plate ligature, and a Series III. There are rumors of a sterling silver neck, but I have not seen it.

    Again, updates from his students and closer friends would be most accurate.

    Edited to add that I believe it's now a Rovner Eddie Daniels ligature on soprano.
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    I was always under the impression he played a Vandoren mp... was I ever right?

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    Default Re: Timothy McAllister's setup

    He's been on selmers since I met him in 2005. Don't know if that was ever different or not though.

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    Default Re: Timothy McAllister's setup

    He recently changed to a gold plated series III neck and a gold plated woodstone (Ishimori) ligature. Still on the S90.

    (Alto)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanWintringham View Post
    He recently changed to a gold plated series III neck and a gold plated woodstone (Ishimori) ligature. Still on the S90.

    (Alto)
    Was this the setup he used on the LA Phil broadcast we heard a few weeks ago?

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    Was that Tim who was on the LA Phil broadcast, playing some contemporary piece? Recorded the show, mainly to hear the orchestra and also Mahler #1, but did listen once to the modern piece.

    Hard alto sax part...

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    It is a work called "City Noir" by John Adams, perhaps one of the most acclaimed contemporary composers of our era. It's very exciting to see that he wrote such an extended alto saxophone part and I can bet this piece is going to get played everywhere.
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    he's playing it with LA Phil in NYC in Lincoln Center in May. can't wait!

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    I just re-watched the LA Phil broadcast, and he is definitely playing on a Series III alto. Can't tell neck/mthpce combo, as the camera work wasn't all that great, and was from only one angle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMASAX View Post
    I just re-watched the LA Phil broadcast, and he is definitely playing on a Series III alto. Can't tell neck/mthpce combo, as the camera work wasn't all that great, and was from only one angle.
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    Default Re: Timothy McAllister's setup

    Here's a partial video of the entire performance where McAllister is featured (around 18:10):

    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/episod...d-program/860/

    Looks like a Series III alto, S90 mpc and a Bay lig possibly.
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    Upon watching the video, I noticed that, perhaps it's just me, but aren't his fingers flying a little off the keys? I've never seen it to that degree before (among professonals)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovano1239 View Post
    Upon watching the video, I noticed that, perhaps it's just me, but aren't his fingers flying a little off the keys? I've never seen it to that degree before (among professonals)
    Have you seen Delangle live? Same thing. In any event, while we might cultivate certain habits in ourselves and our students, in the heat of battle, whatever gets the job done. Tim sounds stellar here.
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    ...series III. s90 mp. Woodstone (Ishimori) gold plated lig. Recently changed to a gold plated series III neck. I think at the time of the Adam's premiere he was still using the goldbrass neck. He will be touring with LA Phil in May. Historic piece for saxophone so GO CHECK IT OUT!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovano1239 View Post
    Upon watching the video, I noticed that, perhaps it's just me, but aren't his fingers flying a little off the keys? I've never seen it to that degree before (among professonals)
    Yes, he has very poor hand position, or rather, finger movement.

    He's very tense all over during the entire performance. Dunno if that's typical, or he was just up tight for this gig(hard part, too).

    I've played many, many orchestral concerts over decades(Eb/Bass clarinet), and have noticed that saxophonists often are very uncomfortable in this environment, mainly due to the infrequency of opportunity(understandable). I usually sit next to 'the sax guy', so I have a closer viewpoint than most...

    As another example of sax-in-the-orchestra, I'm often surprised that saxophonists just sit there, waiting for the 'big solo' and wonder if anything's gonna come out(dry reed, long time to sit, etc.)
    The easy solution here is to occasionally subtone some low notes, softly enough such that no one will hear, during load sections, etc. Keeps the reed & chops going, and also keeps 'the sax guy' involved, so it's much easier to play the 'big solo'. Pictures at an Exhibition particularly comes to mind here. Also helps keep the horn warm(most don't know to tune up sharp if there's a big wait; otherwise, they're gonna be wayyy flat on the 'big one'.)

    Couple that with a high profile part, high profile orchestra, TV gig, and I'd suspect there was a puddle under his chair by intermission.

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