• Saxophone

    Yamaha 62 Series

    by  • June 3, 2010 • Yamaha

    The 61 was replaced in 1978 by the 62 series, which is a few years before the Selmer Super Action 80 made its way onto the scene (appx. 1981). In my opinion, Selmer discovered that Yamaha and Yanagisawa were going to be “the next big thing” unless they did ”something” — and hopefully the...

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    Yamaha 61 Series

    by  • June 3, 2010 • Yamaha

    The “first” pro-level Yamaha saxophone series is the 61: straight soprano, alto, tenor and baritone (with a low A). They’re good. Really good. Some people consider them to be considerably better than the 62 series because they have a “darker” or “warmer” tone. Possibly. The 61 was introduced in 1971, right before the Selmer...

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    Introduction to Couturier

    by  • May 25, 2010 • EA Couturier

    This section was prompted by a comment on The Woodwind Forum. There are at least two American manufacturers of saxophones in the 1920’s (and somewhat earlier) that very little is written about: Couturier and JW York. Interestingly, these two makes intersect at some point, too. While I do have confirmation that Couturier definitely did...

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    Jessen G Mezzo Soprano

    by  • May 23, 2010 • Jessen

    This is, unquestionably, my favorite new saxophone. ┬áNot because of the way it looks — although it’s a very interesting look — but because the tone is a nice compromise between the soprano and the alto, rather similar to that of the Conn-O-Sax. Below is an excerpt from the interview with Mr. Jessen I...

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    Grafton

    by  • May 19, 2010 • Grafton Acrylic Alto

    The nice thing about the Grafton Acrylic Alto is that it’s extraordinarily well documented. If you want to read some very nice, in-depth histories, check out the articles by Wally Horwood (Archive.org Link) and Dave Gelly. Bottom line is that the Grafton Acrylic Alto was the world’s first “professional” plastic saxophone — others were...

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