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mooseherman's review (Selmer - Mark VI Tenor)

By mooseherman, 03/03/2010
This is a great saxophone, by a great company. I looked up Selmer not too long ago, and was amazed at how many players have used their horns. This model in particular is used by many people, from John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Paul Desmond, Bob Mintzer, Wayne Shorter, and later players like Leroi Moore, Michael Brecker, and others. The tone is incredibly rich, and is capable of producing a soulful, full tone. The interesting thing about this horn is that it doesn't fall into a really cliche sounding saxophone niche, as lesser saxophones will do. The playing is great, the keys feel comfortable in your hand and are designed in a way that accommodates various finger sizes and stylings. The saxophone also has a great timbre range as well. I've heard players go from whispery, quiet legato passages to loud, piercing, overblowing with great ease. In fact, one of the interesting thing about this horn is how overblowing on it isn't quite as abrasive as it is on other instruments. The instrument is notable for giving the player a large amount of control, and allowing the personality of the player to shine through. This is obvious, as none of the aforementioned players sound the same, even though they all are using the same instrument! I've never had an issue with reeds, mouthpieces or anything like that, which is possibly the only way I could see anyone having a problem with this instrument. The only issue is that these, having the legendary status that they do, are possibly the most expensive saxophone you can buy, as they are widely considered to be the best in their field. If you really can't shell out the dough for this, and you want something comparable, maybe check out the Reference 54 series by Selmer, a newer model completely based on the older one. Either way, you're in for a real treat.
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moosers's review (Yamaha - YAS-23)

By moosers, 28/07/2010
The Yamaha YAS-23 is a standard alto saxophone. It's a beginner - intermediate level saxophone, although it's definitely a high quality one. The YAS-23 has a very study build and feels very secure in your hands. It's body is made out of lacquer, while the keys are nickel plated. I'm definitely not a saxophone expert by any stretch of the imagination, as I'm just starting to pick up the saxophone a bit. I inherited the YAS-23 from my grandfather who recently passed away and I'm just starting to get into it a bit. For a beginner, I'm finding it pretty easy to adjust to the YAS-23, as it feels good to play and isn't very difficult to get a handle on. I used to play the clarinet, so this is a pretty easy transition as far as getting a sound out of the instrument go. I can't speak to how the sound of the YAS-23 would be if a professional were playing it (which would undoubtedly be a lot better than me playing it), but while I'm playing it I'm getting a pretty full sound out of it. I've yet to do any recording with the YAS-23, but I'm pretty confident that the sound will translate well, and hopefully after a couple of years of playing I'll be able to get some stuff to tape. I've read that the YAS-23 is a great student instrument, which I'm sure it is, but it seems to me like it's a great overall instrument for more than just a beginner. The price is very reasonable for a saxophone like this, as Yamaha is able to afford making high quality instruments at these kind of prices since they are the largest musical instrument manufacturer in the world. If you're looking to get into playing the alto saxophone, the Yamaha YAS-23 is just about the perfect instrument to get started with...
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yoTrakkz's review (Yamaha - YAS-275)

By yoTrakkz, 03/09/2011
The Yamaha Alto YAS275 sax is the base lower end model of the Yamaha alto sax line that they have come out with. This is pretty much what you call the young person sax or the student sax. A lot of younger kids in middle school and when they first start out in band start with using this sax. But since it’s the base model many people tend to think that it lacks playability or that it’s a weaker model and that isn’t true at all. The Yamaha Alto YSS275 when played sounds like a top of the line alto sax. Its sound is one of a kind and for the price of this sax you can beat it.
Almost all school systems have an option with a musical instrument company that you can rent or purchase this sax. So keep an eye out for the brand name because if a you are looking for a sax this model / brand will come up in the conversation this model has been around for a long time and will continue to be around for a long time with the quality that it produces. With the Yamaha YAS275 being played in Eb and coming in a gold finish you just cant beat it. Most of them when you purchase or rent will come with a solid case as well that will protect your instrument from any damage. You can also purchase your own mouthpiece to go with it, but if you’re a beginner make sure you get a beginners mouth piece so you will be able to understand the instrument and learn to play. Overall the Yamaha YAS275 is a great instrument and a great buy at an affordable price that any parent, musician or student can afford. There are no other models buy Yamaha that are cheaper in price but great in quality!
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News Saxophone

Blessing "Made in the USA" Saxophone

Published on 09/29/10
Powell Flutes has announced plans to introduce a saxophone "Made in the USA" during the opening reception of its E. K. Blessing division.