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    Thanks for the kudos you guys.

    I love tossing one of those clips someone's way when they claim that Taiwanese instruments "play out of tune"....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin
    Thanks for the kudos you guys.

    I love tossing one of those clips someone's way when they claim that Taiwanese instruments "play out of tune"....
    I've stated it several times, but one of the reasons I abandoned Selmer was that my Cannonball Big Bell alto played better in tune than my Series III alto, and I have the spreadsheets to prove it! Since now I've gone vintage, it's moot for me. :-)

    Alan

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    I played a Jupiter tenor for a few years. Believe it or not, back in college an apartment mate of my girlfriend (at the time) had a boyfriend who was the son of the owner of Jupiter (they're now married). He was visiting from Taiwan one week in '96. I asked him to custom-make for me a sterling silverplated tenor and alto with gold lacquered keys. He charged me about $1k for the tenor and $800 for the alto if I remember correctly. It took a few months for them to build it and get it shipped to the States. Was it me who sparked the idea of the Artist Series? 8) I just remember him being extremely intrigued by the idea as I told him my thoughts. As it turned out, about a year to two later, the Artist Series was introduced.

    I ended up selling both horns at my cost but they were respectable horns, particularly the tenor. I played that one quite a bit. The only real problem I had with it was the low C# to low B transition on the left hand pinky. It was impossible the way that particular cluster was built.

    Taiwan's come a long way especially in the last few years. They're a contender alright.

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    So should I assume that you folks indulge in alcohol from time to time?

    SaxyAc: Sorry it took me a while to get back to you. I think that sometimes the "notify me when reply is posted" thing doesn't work.

    Anyway, if you check out :

    http://<a href="http://www.soundclic...dID=217529</a>

    -- you'll find out more than you ever wanted to know about me.

    Thanks for the interest in my vibrato. And yes, I do ask myself what a given passage would sound like if a string player were playing it. It made me happy that you tuned in to that. String players generally do have us beat when it comes to musical tradition.
    Last edited by drakesaxprof; 08-02-2010 at 08:20 PM.

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    Great clips -- seriously.

    On the other hand, if you play a Jupiter horn do you drive a Saturn?

    Jus wondering.....

    As always, Peace.

    Chris.

    P.S. Or maybe it's the Mars bars after the performance.

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    Wow, prodigal (or is Chris ok?). I just finished listening to all of the clips on that website. You're the real deal. Talk about well-rounded...till today I thought Tom Walsh (of Indiana U) was the only player who could competently straddle the line that divides classical and jazz. Man, you really are a great player. I feel so inferior now on this board. Thanks prodigal.

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    Thanks, SaxyAc -
    Those are very kind words.

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    Saxy: Yup, I was having too much fun, listening to those galactic sounds and came to that Universal observation. Always wanted to be in PR and it just crept out.

    Back to seriously. Chris, it's not because we happen to have the same first name and I've never said this about any player to date. BUT, you could give Kenny G and Dave Koz a run for their money. And, as you can well understand, this is not said everyday. This is based on the tune on your web site when one first clicks on it. I haven't gone in and listened to the rest of the selections on your site. On soprano you have a tone to die for. This is nothing against Merlin, who appears to a bit more straight classical and also does an excellent job. Totally different styles.

    One of my favorite soprano sax sounds -- all time, is when they redid the Theme music for the show Law and Order and put in a soprano sax. To die for. Brother, you are there. You have that sweet soft core sound making that edge Kenny G produces totally unneccesary.

    Both of you, Merlin and Chris -- Keep up the good work.

    As always, Peace.

    Chris.

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    Oh Stop! ...No, don't...

    Aaaiiiirirrihghhhhhh!!

    Thanks Chris. I wish I had 1/4 of their money....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straightsax
    This is nothing against Merlin, who appears to a bit more straight classical and also does an excellent job.
    I'm definitely taking that as a compliment, since

    1. I mainly work as a big band baritone player.

    &amp;

    2. I never studied classical saxophone - I went to Humber College (aka the Berklee of the North) and did the jazz program there.


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    BTW, Merlin -- thanks for starting a great thread. Who knows what else is out there.

    All you big shot recording companies and major record labels. Dis here is da place. Look no further.

    As always, Peace.

    Chris.

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    Does anyone have creston sonata posted on a site or anything?
    There goes All That Jazz

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    Gotta keep this thread moving - here's a clip from the Fantaisie by Canadian composer Denis Bedard.

    www.merlinwilliams.com/fantaisie.mp3

    The clip is about 1.8meg, mp3 at 192k. Jupiter soprano, Rascher m/p, Rovner lig, Vandoren #3.

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    Wow, Merlin!

    My favorite of your posts....


    Nice.

    Where can one obtain the piece?
    Do you know the composer?

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    The piece on that last cut is the Fantaisie (pour saxophone soprano ou tenor et piano) by Denis Bedard. It's published by Gerard Billaudot of Paris. I found a copy of it in Archambault Music in Montreal.

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    Wow, nice peformance Merlin. Bravo!

    I really dont want to turn this into a setup or equipment thread, but could you please tell me what recording equipment you were using in most of your recordings merlin.
    I like to play...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clarinophonist
    Wow, nice peformance Merlin. Bravo!

    I really dont want to turn this into a setup or equipment thread, but could you please tell me what recording equipment you were using in most of your recordings merlin.
    I've posted some gear stuff previously...just pore through the whole thread and you should find it

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    i've just posted a recording of me playing maurice ravel's 'piece en forme de habanera' on soprano. theres a bunch of other junk there too

    http://www.angelfire.com/vamp/bigband/recordings.html

    any comments warmly welcomed

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_syms
    i've just posted a recording of me playing maurice ravel's 'piece en forme de habanera' on soprano. theres a bunch of other junk there too
    Thanks for that clip Mr Syms. I enjoyed hearing that, and it reminded me I've played the piece as well. Since they post a lot of different versions of the same tunes in the other clip area, I thought I'd throw in this one as well.

    www.merlinwilliams.com/habanera.mp3

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    Horrors!

    We seem to be losing momentum...

    I have more material I could post, but I'd rather hear everyone else.

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