• Le Rationnel, Semi-Rationnel (SRB) and Leblanc System

    by  • June 15, 2010

    Let’s first talk the name game. The three models pictured here are called by what Leblanc called them: Le Rationnel (because that’s what’s engraved on the horn), Semi-Rationnel and Leblanc System (which is also called “Revolutionary System” in some Leblanc literature, as seen in this catalog from 1974). However, I’ve seen people call each...

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    Yamaha 875 Series

    by  • June 10, 2010

    The original 875 and 855 were released at the exact same time. Both were Yamaha’s foray into the world of “super pro” horns. However, these “super pro” horns would add a bit of a twist. In the past, “super pro” just meant a “standard” pro model with a few extra bells and whistles, such...

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    Information for Beginners

    by  • June 8, 2010

    Get a good instructor that actually plays the saxophone. Here’s a dirty little secret: a lot of saxophone teachers don’t play saxophone: they CAN play the saxophone, but their main instrument is something completely different. An instructor that really plays, say, the trumpet, but can play the saxophone won’t help a student as much...

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    Yamaha Student and Intermediate Series

    by  • June 8, 2010

    I don’t generally write about student/intermediate horns, but I want to make an exception here. Student Models: 21, 23, 25, 275 Yamaha student model saxophones were available in alto and tenor — except for the Indonesian-made YAS01Q, which was only available as an alto. If you wanted a bari or soprano, you’d go “intermediate.”...

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    Yamaha 855 Series

    by  • June 7, 2010

    The original 875 and 855 were released at the exact same time. Both were Yamaha’s foray into the world of “super pro” horns. However, these “super pro” horns would add a bit of a twist. In the past, “super pro” just meant a “standard” pro model with a few extra bells and whistles, such...

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    Yamaha 82Z Series

    by  • June 5, 2010

    Blurbage, from one of Yamaha’s sales fliers: "This has to be one of the most exciting things to happen to the sax world in modern times. Finally: a modern sax that actually captures the sound and feel of those treasured classic saxes of the past!—while adding state-of-theart intonation and mechanism. Based on the scale...

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