Someone mentioned that people didn’t know who I was. I seem to have forgotten to include an “About” page on this incarnation of my blogs. Sorry about that. (Click for more.)
I’m Pete. I’m the guy that created The Vintage Saxophone Gallery, aka Saxpics.com, about 12 years ago, and built that into the second largest repository of saxophone information on the Internet. I sold that website to USAHorn.com in 2007. Since that time, there have been an awful lot of advances in all things Internet. I decided that I wanted to play with some of them. This blog is part of that. It’s just taken me awhile to settle on a format I like.
Anyhow, a brief resume:
- Former moderator, administrator and techie contact for the Sax-on-the-Web forum. I’ve also written a few articles for them.
- Administrator and co-founder of the Woodwind Forum.
- Former assistant to the director at one of the largest churches in Western NY.
- Former director at two smallish churches in Tucson, AZ. One’s bankrupt and the other moved. Neither were my fault. Honest!
- Saxophone training from two protégés of Sigurd Rascher.
- Classically trained bass singer.
By trade, I’m actually a computer technician and I’ve been one for over 25 years. I currently work on computer security (i.e. viruses ‘n’ stuff) at a Fortune 500 company. The computer techie occasionally comes through in my writing. Please forgive that. Do note that it’s very probable that you’ll see me on some techie websites. I’ve also thought about writing a techie book.
I’ve mainly played baritone sax throughout my music career, but I have also played a variety of saxophones from Bb soprano to Bb bass and quite a bit of clarinet, mostly Bb bass and Bb contrabass. At one time, I did own a lot of saxophones, clarinets, synths and synth controllers. I no longer do. Practically none of the pics you see here are of instruments I’ve owned.
I no longer play or sing “out,” due to some medical issues. If you happen to have a Yamaha WX5 you want to give me, though …
If you have any comments about any of the horns pictured on this website, please comment on that horn’s page. If you want to talk with me about anything else, e-mail me at thesaxinfo at gmail.com.
Here’s some other help for you:
- Help US to Help YOU. The required information I need from you to tell you about your horn.
- Serial Number and Model Listing. Note that these are mainly for professional horns.
- Horn Value. How to determine how much your horn is worth.
- … And They’re All Around $1000. Inexpensive professional horns.
- The Beginner’s Corner. My recommendations for beginners, including what horn, mouthpiece, etc. to buy.