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Jeff's making more noise with his Windsor Alto Sax

Advantages: Great sounding instrument at a real bargain price
Disadvantages: only comes with one reed and the sling supplied is a bit thin.

I've been of work for about six weeks now, following surgery on my left shoulder and idle hands go surfing for toys. Following a bit of a bonus and some commission and remembering a hankering to try the sax, my surfing fingers chanced on this little beau ...

JeffFromPoole 27.08.2009 · Read full review
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Review of Windsor Alto Saxophone

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Selmer Reference 36

Advantages: All the quality of a Selmer, fantastic deep rich sound, just like the Super Balanced Actions, only with improved keywork and intonation
Disadvantages: Quite expensive, and I find intonation is still slightly dodgey

...saving up enough money to buy myself a new tenor sax, I went and tried out all of the leading saxes, and the selmer reference 36 was my choice. The keys sit perfectly under the fingers, and the horn is a joy to play. Selmer have captured t ...

poooookie 13.06.2004 · Read full review
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Review of Selmer Tenor Saxophones

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Does not cramp my style at all.

Advantages: Great sound, easy player.
Disadvantages: Expensive, hard to find parts.

*~*~*~~Some background~~*~*~* I started learning to play Alto Saxophone in December 2006. The first saxophone that I had (still have as a spare) was a Trevor James Artemis, cost me about £350. Within 10 months I decided that I wanted something that sou ...

paulhanton 23.06.2008 · Read full review
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Review of Buffet Crampon Dynaction Alto Saxophone

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Jupiter 547GL Soprano Sax (Straight)

Advantages: Fairly Cheap and easy to play - a great first soprano
Disadvantages: Intonation is slightly "dodgey", especially on the high notes, and you don't get the depth of tone or quality of sound that you would get from a more expensive sax (eg a Selmer). Supplied in a stupidly large case!

This is one of the cheapest soprano's around, however it is incredibly good for its price, offering a nice tone, and not being too difficult to produce the lower notes on, however the tuning is not brilliant, as you would expect from a cheap instrument, a ...

poooookie 14.06.2004 · Read full review
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Review of Jupiter 547GL Bb Soprano Saxophone

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Better than the Custom Z, much improved on a classic professional

Advantages: not as heavy as other altos, increased projection, little air support needed to get a nice sound
Disadvantages: honestly can't think of any

When I purchased my first professional horn, as any college level music major would know; that time of excitement and fear in purchasing the horn that you would play for the next 20+ years. I began by visiting all the local music shops in my area and tryi ...

rabbitblues 15.03.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Yamaha YAS875EX Custom Alto Saxophone

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