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12/12/2017 - Bob Price Conroe Texas asks:
Do you know where I can find a pivot screw for a Selmer Balanced Action Alto? A friend of mine has lost one

Answer:

I think those are the same as Mk VI screws…..if so, I’ve got some

12/11/2017 - Rick Gaylord asks:
Any chance you will have a new soprano sax coming out?

Answer:

yes…..we have a new model currently under development, which will become a part of the Super 400 Series II family

12/05/2017 - Terry White asks:
Hi Steve. I enjoy your Tuesday night videos. I have an Antiqua Winds Soprano which gurglles on the lower notes. You have said that the fix is to thread the inside of the neck. Is this something that my local repairman can do? Or is this something that I should send to you?

Answer:

We don’t offer that service. I would think any good repair shop could do that for you. When it’s done, be sure that the neck tenon and the body receiver are both perfectly round.

12/05/2017 - Rick B asks:
Hi Steve: What are you opinions on the Conn 10m’s Tenor saxs manufactured from 1955 to 1959? Thanks again for you info. (Also is there a “best year(s) for them?)

Answer:

Those horns are a great buy. They play just as well as the earlier 10m’s and can be had at a fraction of the price. I think all of the production years are the same.

 

12/05/2017 - Bryce Bone asks:
Do you know the little padded piece of metal that pushes the octave key up and down, on the tenor sax? I broke that and i wanted to ask you if that is fixable, and if you know how much it`ll cost.

Answer:

that’s an easy fix and any repair shop should be able to take care of it for you. You would need to speak with them about what they would charge.

 

12/05/2017 - Ken Fink asks:
I just watched your great seminar What’s wrong with my saxophone? I didn’t see my issue covered. My top of staff G# is extremely sensitive to attack, and doesn’t always speak clearly. I do not have that problem anywhere else on my sax. I can’t really tell you how long it’s been going on. I use a Jody DV, Zonda reeds (3 or 4), and the Gardala tenor. Do you have any idea what this could possibly be? Thanks, Steve.

Answer:

the problem is almost certainly with the body octave pip. Your G# is at the extreme range of that pip (D2 – G#2), and you can  resolve the problem by replacing the pip with our Power Pips. This is a very common issue with all B&S made saxophones.

 

11/27/2017 - Rick B asks:
You mentioned that a Buffet Super Dynaction Tenor sax could be a competitor to the Mark VI, but are they any other horns, vintage or not that may be? Thanks for the info.

Answer:

sure there are: the King Super 20, the SML, the Pierret, the Couf Superba I, the Buescher 400, the Conn 10M, the Leblanc, and lots of others……of these, the Pierret Super Artiste is my favorite

11/27/2017 - Rick B. asks:
Have a Conn Tenor New Wonder II with the nail file G# key. It has an engraving of a lady flapper from the 20′s and flowers all, down the bell, but on the web I have found that if it has that much engraving on it must be a New Wonder I, because of that.The s/n puts at the very, very beginning of the series 2. A little confused. Could it be a series I and could of Conn just added the nail file G# key. How else could you tell the difference between the two other then the s/n of the G# key? Ant other key differences, or spacing between them, ect.?

Answer:

stop reading sax on the web……almost certainly, your horn is a New Wonder II…..quite a few of them were very elaborately engraved by the Stenberg brothers, who were Conn’s staff engravers in the 1920′s……send me some clear, detailed pictures to saxgourmet@cox.net and I’ll tell you more after I see it

 

11/26/2017 - Bob Feigenbaum asks:
re Power Pips for my Buescher True Tone alto circa 1927 i think or my Jupiter tenor…is it located at the octave hole or where? u have a pic? Thanks, Bob I have a Neck enhancer for my alto and O ring fell apart….a few years old..never used it

Answer:

our Power Pips replace the existing octave pips…..next time you order, remind me to send you an O ring for your neck enhancer

11/26/2017 - Paul Firth asks:
Hey Steve!!I’ve been looking ALL OVER for some key cups for an instrument I’m making. It’s as if they don’t exist!! then I came across this page on your website: Product DescriptionIf you’re having to make replacement keys from scratch, the cup is the part that you cannot fabricate without highly specialized and very expensive equipment. Assorted sizes in this lot. All are bare brass.Could you please send a picture, an estimate of how many pieces and range of sizes? And/or where do you locate these yourself?Much obliged,Paul Firth

Answer:

sure……I’ll check it out and send you some pictures but you have to give me your email address…..we bought these when Conn closed their Nogales operation……I’m unaware of anyone who sells key cups….

 

11/16/2017 - Paul Hutchins asks:
Hi Steve. I have a Selmer balanced action Tenor Sax in for a complete re pad and re spring. I would like to use brown Roo Pads. What type of Roo Pad would you recommend please?

Answer:

use the Extreme Roo pads and our Power Point resonators…….it’s the optimum setup, and what a nice horn like that deserves

11/16/2017 - Rick B asks:
I picked up a used Super Dynaction tenor neck, but it appears the neck was pulled down then straightened again, but it flattens out at the bow where it fits into the horn. Can that be fixed? I only paid $15.00 for it. It plays but fells stuffy…. (not my gig neck, just want an extra at that price.) PS also I open up the keys on my super Dynaction sax to 30% of the diameter of the tone hole as you advise, boy what a difference in the sound ! It now goes match the sound of my buddy’s 1961 Mark VI. Thanks Steve for this great info., and will help a lot of our dynaction players.

Answer:

I would really have to see the neck to tell you if it can be repaired

11/16/2017 - Brick asks:
Just wanted to thank you. Bought your Alto G super 400 at Musicmedic. Came from the Philippines to get. Long trip

Answer:

I’m glad you’re happy! Please let me know if I can help in any way.

11/10/2017 - Rick B. asks:
Hi Steve, Would a Conn Tenor New Wonder II sax be good for big band gigs, and jazz? Has the nail file G#. Came with a Conn Eagle and a Conn Seeley mouthpiece with a very Large Bore. What other vintage mouthpieces would work best on it, The ones it came with it play in tune but they don’t project enough.. Also will any of your mouthpieces work?

Answer:

Our new Duke of New York is a super big bore…..”the math” is perfect for your Conn……let me know how I can help

 

11/08/2017 - Brad Jimenez asks:
Do you have a hurricane reed equivalent to a 2.5 to 3 strength on a blue box of vandorens for baritone sax?

Answer:

I’ll have to look……we have very few of those left

11/02/2017 - David Cole asks:
Good Day Mr Chairman and Chief Company Car cleaner Before I purchase a neck for my Selmer Mark V1 alto manufactured in 1968 in France (gold and silver) but after 4 times around the globe it still looks good, she has never let me down – I on the other hand many times have,, not enough long tones etc etc. My set up varies from always an ebonite m/p either a Yani 7 or an original G Selmer all fairly open and a variety of reeds:- Rico Jazz Select 2HVandoren 2.5 or Hemke 2.5. My main gigs are small combo, Royal Marines Concert Band format and a busy duo. Most of my venues are medium sized halls and or open air situations ( not street busking)Back to my question Steve, Which neck from your stable of necks, do you feel would enhance my sound.Evolution copper or gold laquared type your latest version has caught my eye and ear! Additional unique weight enhancing just seems so right.I look forward to reading your commentsKindest regardsDavid

Answer:

The Evolution model solid copper neck will give the best results……when we were designing this series, the prototype was developed on my 104,000 Mk VI

11/02/2017 - Rick B asks:
Hi Steve Is a Kohlert model 55 tenor a good horn? Just got one from my Uncle. Lacquer pretty much gone but no major dents, and has rolled tone holes. Has the neck and the brace somewhat looks like “the moon on the moon” silhouette. Nice full woody sound. What’s your thoughts on this horn, because I don’t see many of these around, and would you use a large chamber or small chamber mouthpiece with it.

Answer:

while not my personal favorite, those horns do have a “cult” following due to their unusually dark and rich sound. Be careful about the pitch….you’ll need a large chamber mouthpiece to have any kind of chance of being in tune with the rest of the band.

10/27/2017 - Dave Van Etten asks:
Steve , I have a conn sax with a very low serial number 7128 , from what I can find out it is from early 1900′s . I am not a music guy and am interested in selling it. I took it to the our local store for inspection, The Magic Flute in San Rafael Ca. Rob Roth owner recommended I reach out to you. He felt the piece was in very good condition but would require rebuilding due to age. If you have any interest I can take photos and send them to you. Thank You in advance for any help or interest. Dave cell number 1-415-798-0377

Answer:

Unless it is a gold plated Virtuoso Deluxe model, it’s probably not worth the cost of an overhaul….old does not = valuable. There’s really no market for those horns except for the extremely rare Virtuoso Deluxe models.

 

10/27/2017 - Jim Holt asks:
Aloha Steve, I have a MKVI tenor that I had re-silver-plated and engraved; when I got it back, they had not painted the area of the Selmer neck around the Selmer “S” blue (French blue) as it was originally when I bought if. Is this something you do, or can farm out, or at least recommend someone, or someplace that can do this ? Thanks a million !

Answer:

you can EASILY do this yourself: get a tiny bottle of the correct color enamel at a hobby shop (Testors is the preferred brand)…..apply to the octave key with a small brush or Q-tip…..immediately wipe off any excess with a paper towel…..allow to dry completely…..clean off any excess with toothpaste (very small amount) on a paper towel.

 

10/27/2017 - Ken Fink asks:
If the mouthpiece tip opening controls “gain”, what does the reed strength do? I’ve recently done some serious practicing after almost retiring. I’ve gone from a 2.5 to a 4 in a couple of months. I’ve noticed more stability and it’s easier to get altissimo. but it’s a little harder to articulate my low notes. Once they sound I can still play pianissimo, and it may just be that I’m still mastering a #4. Is it “better” to have a bigger mpc tip opening and slightly lighter reed or vice versa, or does it even matte? What are the trade-offs? Thx! I use the Gardala Earth Tone Sax with the Goodson nodal neck & the Espina DV 7. Thx!

Answer:

so who says that the tip opening controls volume? The profile of the reed (regardless of strength) should match the profile of the mouthpiece facing……that’s the most important aspect….the reed must also freely “wrap” around the facing……the strength of the reed is not nearly as important as the match between the reed and the curve

10/24/2017 - Rick B. asks:
Hi Steve, Another question on a buffet super dynaction tenor sax. What is the correct height for the key pads in inches? I have heard they have to be set very high to get the full tune out of the horn. Thanks again

Answer:

the keys should be open 30% of the diameter of the tone hole

10/22/2017 - roger benachowski asks:
Hello Steve, We have met many times and I need to please get some info from you. I have a 1960 Mark 6 tenor and need to replace my low B and Bb pads. Can you please tell me the size in mm of these two pads. I can get the pads just have no way to acurately measure them. Thx a ton Roger B.

Answer:

there is a Mk VI pad size chart on my www.saxgourmet.com site. Be on notice that the pad sizes used often varied during the production run.

 

10/18/2017 - Twan asks:
Hi Steve! Two Questions:1. Is the underslung octave mech. neck for Conn New Wonder II tenor are still available? 2. What precisely will the power pips improve on such a horn (“chu” tenor) Thanks and have a great weekend.Twan

Answer:

yes, we still have that neck. The power pips will improve intonation and quicken 1response

10/18/2017 - Gus Gonzalez asks:
I have a 1950 Martin Committee 3 alto sax which needs the neck octave key flat spring and the screw that holds it in,also the adjustable thumb rest screw…I have a rubber band wrapped around the octave key and a regular philips screw holding the thumb rest..Can you help me with this?..Thank you sir.

Answer:

The flat spring and screw are generic items that any repair shop will have. The thumb rest screw is something that they will probably have to adapt another part for. Lots of instruments use a thumb screw that is similar, but you’ll probably have to recut the screw threads to match your Martin.

10/18/2017 - Rick B asks:
Could a 1958 Buffet Super Dynaction Tenor sax be made in hi pitch? If so how could you tell other than it does not have a pitch of A440. Would there be any markings on the horn?

Answer:

Buffet currently makes some A=442 horns, but that’s a long way from high pitch A=456. I’ve never seen a Super Dynaction that was anything but A=440

10/06/2017 - Rick B. asks:
Do you think that a 1958 Buffet Super Dynaction Tenor sax is a competitor to the Mark VI?

Answer:

yes….they’re different for sure, sorta like Cadillac and Lincoln

10/06/2017 - Della Valle asks:
Hi Steve, first, I love your website! Thanks for putting it all together.Steve, I was married for almost 30 years to a professional saxophone player who was originally from Pittsburgh, PA. In his later years, he was also a saxophone repairman for many in San Diego and Los Angeles. My husband passed away and I have some of his saxophones. Before he died he told me to never sell them if I could not ask a trustworthy, knowledgeable expert to tell me about them and their value. I have been looking at your site for some time now trying to figure out the history of each one and what they may be valued at. Some have tried to buy them off of me – offering to pay $100 – $200.00, but I know that would be “stealing”. I hesitated to write to you because I know you are probably very busy but decided to try. Would you be so kind to tell me more about the two I have listed here? 1) Conn Alto Sax, serial #: 121402; 2) Conn Soprano (curved) silver saxophone, serial #: 56431. Thank you for your courtesy. I appreciate anything you can tell me.

Answer:

There’s a market for those horns, particularly if they are in good condition. Give me a call during our business hours so we can discuss this. I’m happy to help you

09/16/2017 - Mark Hollingsworth asks:
Hello, I see two Copper Tenor necks- the ‘underslung’ and the new ‘eveloution’. I tend to have a fairly ‘bright’ sound and like slightly ‘darker’ tones. Ref 36- Guardala ‘Traditional’ handmade.Do you have a recommendation of one that would probably help with the sound I’m looking for? (I’ve played that Guardala since about 83 so I don’t want to change)email is the best for me- easier since you can send when convienient and I can read the same.ThanksMarkBTW, I do enjoy your ‘facebook’ videos

Answer:

Get the “Evolution” model…..we have sold a lot of them to Guardala owners. They have been universally delighted!

09/07/2017 - Art Bernal asks:
Value for my Tenor: Buffet-Crampon. France, S-1, SN# 24039…Excellent condition, no dents, no tarnish, with mouth peice, original carrying case.

Answer:

If you want me to do an appraisal just call me (504) 324 – 3850 during our business hours

08/30/2017 - Robert asks:
Darn it Steve Robert Carsello again forgot to ask you the main question I have a number five mouthpiece and I’m using Rico orange box number to Reeves with that be good for a beginner? Thanks again

Answer:

get a #2 to start with

08/30/2017 - Robert asks:
Hello Steve it’s honor even to email u lol. I Will be thinking of the saxophone I’m 48 years old and have never played unload my life on the saxophone. I will be getting an on line saxophone School. I’m also trying to get an in person teacher My wife surprised me with a very beautiful Yanagasawa WO 20 bronze wow I no hell of an instrument I’m never learning how to play I love my life LOL. What she knows I’ve been wanting to play for a long time and I’m going to stay with it I also have some musical background in guitar electric Guitar for about for five years often on so I have some basic music theory on that my question is would that help me with my saxophone playing ? One more question Steve is there a recommendation from you to learn saxophone or online like a saxophone school or lessons that you really like like I said I will be getting a teacher also thank you very much Robert Carsello.

Answer:

Donna Schwartz has an EXCELLENT online saxophone course…..call her at (516) 972-4976 and tell her you’re my third cousin

08/30/2017 - Ted Ferrucci asks:
Hey Steve,I’m looking for a new neck for my Selmer Mark VII. Do you have any recommendations? I recently purchased a neck enhancer from you and I really like it but it’s time for a new neck. Other than the diameter of my current neck do you need any other info from me?Thanks for your help!Best,Ted

Answer:

The fact that it is a Mk VII is all I need to know…..we make a version of our Evolution solid copper neck specifically for that horn. It’s even on sale right now!

08/30/2017 - Baby Face Joe asks:
I’m playing a Dukoff that simply kicks my ass, It was a D5 opened to a .095 tip. I’m having jaw issues when I attempt to play upper register. Would you recommend a more modern mouthpiece or can the Dukoff be tamed? I play a Yamaha custom Z legere sig 2.5More generally, can mouthpieces be tuned? What parts of a mouthpiece determine its intonation “Quality”?

Answer:

Take a look at our Dragons Tongue mouthpiece and call me (504) 324 – 3850 during business hours with your `mouthpiece questions

08/30/2017 - John Shaw asks:
I’m looking for one of your custom necks to fit my 1970 King Super 20 Tenor Sax…serial 454011. Do you have one that would fit that has the neck enhancer, silver or gold color is fine. And how much $. Yours, john shaw.

Answer:

If your horn has a single socket receiver (which one from that serial number range should) we make a version of our Evolution solid copper neck for it.

08/30/2017 - Rich Winkler asks:
I’ve enjoyed reading your articles in Saxophone Today online magazine. Do you know what happened to them. The last issue I received was May/June and their email is not longer valid.

Answer:

They have ceased publication

08/30/2017 - Beth Jennings asks:
Looking for a 15/16th neck for a 1953 Indiana by Martin alto sax.

Answer:

I’m nog sure what you mean by “15/16th”

08/20/2017 - Ken Fink asks:
Just curious. Are there rules of thumb about mouthpiece construction and sound, ie, a longer lay makes the sound ___________, or a higher baffle makes the sound _____? Thanks.

Answer:

I’ ve got a video (https://youtu.be/qzNDje4m–0) of a seminar that I gave to a group of repair technicians that covers most of the basics of mouthpiece design…..I’m also giving a seminar on this very topic on Facebook Live on 8/22/2017 at 7pm CST……watch both of these and then feel free to call me (504) 324 – 3850 with any questions

08/20/2017 - David Kupsick asks:
Steve,I’m having my one-piece, nickel, Conn New Wonder II stencil soprano mechanically overhauled.I know…next question is why…answer I like it! Ha haI’m open to suggestions regarding pad selections.1. Pisoni, metal dome resonators. (So bourgeoisie!)2. Black roo or Extremes from Music Medic.3. Sax Gormet black roo pads.Options 2/3 will result in a baaad horn.Suggestion?Thank you, I appreciate your VOICE in the saxophone community.

Answer:

Any horns I have overohauled for my personal use will have Roo Extreme pads and Saxgourmet Power Point resonators, oversized for that particular horn……Trust me….if you want the absolute best set up available, this is it…..be sure to use a large chamber mouthpiece so the intonation will be right

08/18/2017 - Rod Berry asks:
Steve I want to order power pips from you. How do I indicate what horn they are for ?Have a set on my tenor but those came via Music Medic

Answer:

there’s a place on the order form for “notes”…..put the make and model of you horn there

08/13/2017 - Emily Elaine asks:
i recently was given a soprano sax and for some reason the bottom keys are sticking and wont let you push them down … i play the alto and baritone and have never had a issue like this …just wondering if you have any ideas on why this could be happening … Thanks:)

Answer:

without seeing it I can’t tell you much except that it sounds like you have a very serious problem. Several different things will cause the problem you describe, all of which are probably expensive to fix.

08/13/2017 - Jake asks:
Hello Steve – I have recently acquired a Vespro brand soprano sax. The only identification available seems to be engraving “0710″ above thee serial number. As you probably know, there very little information on these saxophones, but I have a feeling you might know something about it. My main curiosity is what class instrument this was in Vespro’s offering, and ballpark retail when it was being sold, but really any information would be appreciated. Thank you!

Answer:

When I worked for Orpheus Music (I was in charge of saxophone design and manufacturing) we owned and manufactured the Vespro brand. The horns were sourced from Tenon and were manufactured at the Crown Hope factory in Viet Nam. There was absolutely no sequence to the serial numbers. At the time, I think the straight soprano sold for abut $700. I have no idea who owns the brand name now, since Orpheus went out of business a couple of years after I left.

08/13/2017 - Sonny asks:
So basically my Vito Japan #519439 isn’t great at all since it is well played with missing luster. Thanks for your response. Do you know the model of this sax? Alto or tenor and did it have a model? I’m trying to do some research but still don’t know what I’m looking at. Thanks for your earlier response about a perfect one being worth $500 which would put mine at worth not much.

Answer:

I don’t know the model number…..that horn is basically a Yamaha YAS-23

08/13/2017 - Keven asks:
Hi Steve,I own a 1974 Yanagisawa S6 model soprano that I’m thinking of selling. It shows signs of wear in the usual places. Can you tell me the approximate value of this sax? Thank you!

Answer:

There’s not a lot of interest in Yani’s that old…..I’d say that the best one in the world in PERFECT cosmetic and playing condition is a $1,000 horn….deduct for condition

08/06/2017 - Vctor asks:
Hi Steve, I just got a Vento tenor sqxophone, but I don’t know where can I find the model number or how much it worth, or the factory website, can you tell me a little bit of the brand , thank you

Answer:

I am unfamiliar with that brand…..I’ve never seen one

08/06/2017 - Eddy asks:
I have a Jupiter tenor sax and am in need of a new neck I have not played my sax in years but am ready to get back into it. What kind of neck should I look for?

Answer:

We make a version of our Evolution neck to fit Jupiters…..you can order off this web site

08/06/2017 - Alec Axt asks:
Hello Steve, Are they any plans to make more curved sopranos?

Answer:

yep…..we’re developing an all copper curved soprano to go into the Super 400 Series II series…..just stand by…..we’ve got our hands full with the new bari

08/06/2017 - Sonny asks:
I had a great Leedy ludwig drum find at a yard sale which dated 1954 and with it was a saxophone that says Vito on it. The only other identifiers is Japan and 519439. It looks well played so I’m trying to determine the age and model. Again that’s Vito on the bell part then japan 519439. Age, value, model? Thanks in advance for your help!

Answer:

That’s a horn from the early 1980s….I’d say that the best one in the worldn (in PERFECT condition, not good condition, but PERFECT, needing nothing) is a $500 horn

 

08/06/2017 - Brian asks:
Hi Steve – I have a H Couf Superba II bari sax, and I was wondering is there a way to mod the sax so that octave transitions are smoother? Like when going from C (on the staff) to D (on the staff), it sometimes sounds like I’m playing a different instrument. Obviously some of it is my fingers not all pressing down at the same time, but I was wondering if there were any other solutions

Answer:

Install a set of our Power Pips and the problem will be either MUCH improved or completely gone

08/06/2017 - Adrian asks:
Sorry Steve, I’ve been hassling you with mails. Now I know where you come to do just this. Saxgourmet don’t make bari mpcs ? I’m sure you have good reason; if you get a chance, may I ask why ? Secondly….what bari mpc do you use…thanks man. Ade

Answer:

We make two different bari mouthpieces: the Low Rider and the Big Bully…..unfortunately, we’re sold out…..more are on the way

08/06/2017 - Adrian asks:
Hi Steve, Sharon…dig the mute !! You mentioned a forum ?Am I right? Can’t seem to find it man. If you get a chance, could you point me in the right direction please . Shopping list…..side key risers, bari mpc, Copper bari. The more I see Saxgourmet horns, the more I want one…..BEAUTIFUL !! Thanks , Ade

Answer:

We’ve discontinued the forums associated with this web page in favor of our many discussion groups on Facebook…..

07/18/2017 - Vojta asks:
Hello, could i ask you about Jody jazz esp. Isit possible to send to Czech Republic in Europe? Thank you

Answer:

We ship worldwide! We have many clients in your country

07/02/2017 - Phil asks:
Could you tell me anything about a Opper saxophone. I can not find any information on it.

Answer:

I am unfamiliar with that brand

06/19/2017 - Steve Sax asks:
Hi Steve I have checking out your site for years and only recently join your Facebook page.I make a thing called a SaxSupport http://www.saxsupport.com.au/ I hoping that you could recommend a couple of sax players that would be interested in reviewing my little gadget, if I sent them a free one? I understand this might not be the sort questions you are looking for, but you know if you don’t ask, it won’t happen. Regards Steve Sax (Australia).

Answer:

sure…..I would love to check it out       email me saxgourmet@cox.net for our shipping address

06/19/2017 - Chris DiBlasi asks:
I inherited my dads 1948 Martin. (166XXX) and it needs work. The horn itself is in good condition. They want 400.00 to re pad and clean up. I was offered 600.00 as is. I have played this horn in school back in the 60′s. I was offered 600.00 as is but I was thinking on taking lessons after the re pad. Do u think it is worth the 400.00 re pad and clean up? Thanks for ur time and help, Chris

Answer:

sure……that’s a VERY low price for a repad

06/14/2017 - Michael Webb asks:
Can you fabricate a new bite plate for my Brilhart Level Air that I have had since 1983 ?

Answer:

that’s really not a business I’m in…..Keith Bradbury is an expert at this

06/14/2017 - Jeremy Leff asks:
Hey Steve, how does the new sax prototype design and construction process work for you? Do you basically just order a blank body and take it from there, or do you start with raw materials and literally build everything?

Answer:

we provide the specifications i.e. bore taper and tone hole placement and specify the alloy. We design and provide drawings of any unique keywork and mechanisms. We generally tell the factory what we want with regard to engraving patterns and cosmetics. Our manufacturing process is generally the same as Apple Computers: we work with trusted factories with whom we have long standing relationships, and are in constant contact with them throughout the development process.

05/30/2017 - Skip asks:
Steve, I have just acquired a 1958 VI tenor. The thumbrest screw will not turn to adjust angle. My local repairmen tried briefly but stopped out of fear of breaking the screw. Suggestions? Penetrating oil?

Answer:

(1) apply penetrating oil liberally (I use PB Blaster)

(2) allow to penetrate for 30 minutes

(3) apply heat (soldering iron works well)

(4) tap lightly with a small plastic hammer

(5) use a LARGE screwdriver to turn screw

05/19/2017 - Rod Berry asks:
Hi Steve, What is the best way to use your pad juice and never stick powder ? Primarily on a playing condition where pads are good but just to insure long life and control sticking as much as possible.

Answer:

dust the pads lightly with Mojo’s….then spritz with a small amount of water….then iron so the Mojo’s is forced into the pores of the leather……..then brush with a small amount of Voodoo Pad Juice

 

05/18/2017 - Gustavo Torres asks:
Hi Steve, I do not find the original Conn Tenor Neck in the price list. Is there a way I can buy one or is out of catalogue?? I do not want to buy the evolution, rather the previous one.

Answer:

if you are looking for an original Conn neck, made by Conn, we do not now have and never have offered one for sale.

05/10/2017 - Jim Grant asks:
Specs for the soprano curved sax

Answer:

what specifically do you want to know?

05/10/2017 - Gordan Tudor asks:
Hi Steve, I bought Your thumb rest and it wont fit my Mark VI alto. Any idea what could I do?It goes on its position but its impossible to tighten the screw hard enough to prevent thumb rest from moving left and right..Thanks a lot

Answer:

simply make a washer to go under the thumbnuts……we use felt, but even cardboard works fine

05/10/2017 - harold pizer asks:
Steve I love my Martin Lion&Crown tenor sax. A very versatile horn as you know, with a beautiful lush tone. But it has balls too. You’ve owned this kind of horn in the past. I would like to buy one of the modern horns on the market: Cannonball, Mauriat, Saxgourmet, Yamaha, whatever. Here’s my problem Steve and this is where I need Your expertise and advice: My pinkys are very short. 1 7/8 inches long to be exact. Whenever I try to play one of the newer horns my pinky can’t reach the left hand pinky cluster keys. My Martin has a more compact key placement. I can reach the low Bb, B, and C# keys. On the newer horns it seems like the left hand pinky keys are further down on the stack and more to the side of the stack, so not only does my pinky need to stretch and reach downward, it also has to try to reach further back. Its very frustrating and uncomfortable, in fact it hurts. So here’s my question Steve. Since there is no way to make my pinky longer, is there a way to relocate the left hand pinky cluster on a newer tenor sax to bring the keys closer to my pinky? If so, which brand tenor would you recommend I buy? And have you ever had to modify the location of keys for anyone before ?

Answer:

yes, it’s possible, but it’s frightfully expense

04/21/2017 - Bob Rockwell asks:
what tip openings are available on the yellow moon stainless steel tenor mouthpieces

Answer:

.090, .105, .120

04/11/2017 - Rod Berry asks:
Hi Steve, I have your pips on my MK VI tenor and it was a drastic improvement !!!! Which one of your necks do you recommend for intonation help. I play on a Metal 6* link any suggestions for a mouthpiece match to go along with it.

Answer:

The Evolution model neck is far and away the best choice for a VI

04/08/2017 - Rasmus Tinning asks:
I want one of your soprano mutes or a product of similar quality. But I live in far away Denmark. What do I do?

Answer:

we ship worldwide…..in fact, over 60% of our sales are outside the USA

04/03/2017 - Jay M Dement asks:
I am a beginning Saxophone player (at age 65) and look forward to someday playing one of your horns. In the meantime, I have a noise issue and am looking at mutes for a tenor sax. Why is yours better than other less expensive units? Will it help satisfy my wife? Thanks

Answer:

I haven’t seen the “inexpensive ones” so I can’t really make a fair comparison. If you would kindly send some samples  I will be more than happy to demonstrate the differences.

03/31/2017 - Chris asks:
Dear Steve, I got a Vito (japan stamped) tenor this past weekend and am looking to eventually upgrade my mouthpiece but am not sure which one to get. I have been recommended E. Rousseau classic 4R, the Otto Link tone edge, as well as Morgan. I have been considering the Selmer S80, S90 and soloist models but have heard that the consistency is a bit sketchy and from experience from my S80 on alto that they are a bit restrictive, and the Vandoren optimum tenor piece. What would be your suggestion? I have been playing alto for about 10 years and am fairly new to tenor.

Answer:

get our Jack of Spades……there are several sound samples on the web site…..let me know your questions!

03/18/2017 - Ugene asks:
Dear Steve, I just got one yamaha alto sax (intermediate range), it was kind of aging horn with more than 50% of the horn got hit by red rot… The tone was good but the outlook lacquer was kind of bad… Could you advice how can I remove or minimise the red rot? Besides, do this red rot affecting the resell value if I wanted to sell my horn in near future ? Appreciate on your advice. Thank you

Answer:

it’s caused by the copper leaching out of the brass…..if you want to remove it you’ll have to strip the lacquer and polish it off. It will significantly reduce the retail value of your horn.

 

03/15/2017 - Matt Eisenhart asks:
Dear Steve~ I have considered you a no bull kind of guy when it comes to giving advice on saxophones so here is my question. I have an opportunity to buy a near mint Buffet SDA tenor with the original sparkle lacquer, no damage ever, with a fresh overhaul. Plays amazing and seems to be made very well. My band mates tell me to save up and buy a Selmer 80II or Yamaha 82z but the deal is the Buffet is in my budget now and costs only $2500.00 out the door at the music store and costs less than a student Yamaha. Would I be foolish to jump on this opportunity or should I save my money for a used Selmer or Yamaha? I play garage band Jazz, funk, blues and rock. My current horn is old beaten up Pawn shop find an old worn out Evette. It needs an overhaul that costs more than the $70.00 bucks I used to buy it 2 years ago. It served me well getting back in the game but now its time to move on. Any advice would be appreciated.

Answer:

First, why aren’t you looking at our Saxgourmet saxophones? If the Buffet is truly PERFECT (not good, but perfect) $2500 is a fair price.

 

03/10/2017 - Dee Wood asks:
Hi Steve ~ I’m looking to purchase an alto for my 10th grade niece, a clarinetist, for marching and jazz band. I have about $500 to spend. We are engineers/musicians who own a Unison S400B that we like pretty well. I’ve seen some Unison altos for sale with no model name on the bell. Can I cross reference the model name from the serial number? Where might I find a Unison serial # list? How can one tell which Unison horns are Steve Goodson horns? What are the top 3 (or 4 or 10) student models I should be looking for? Thanks for the help. Rock on!

Answer:

First, I haven’t worked for Unison for about 15 years, so I am not familiar with their current horns. I doubt that there is any correlation between the serial number and the model number, but I don’t know for sure. ALL of the Steve Goodson Models are so engraved on the bell flare.

03/10/2017 - Neyosax asks:
Which one is very good between the cuvre suprano sax and the straight one

Answer:

I very much prefer a curved soprano…..you can hear yourself play much better

03/03/2017 - Wayne Bulla asks:
In your article Tricks for a Super Premium pad job you mention a Teflon based pad treatment. Is that the Mojo Never Stick Pad Treatment? Also, can you better describe “the “hose” from a steamer to insert in the sax bell; i.e., hose go in just far enough to travel and exhaust out of top tenon area? Also, is the #42 and #38 drill for pips the same for alto and tenor? Many, many thanks.

Answer:

Yes, it’s Mojo’s………the hose from the steamer only needs to go in the bell far enough to direct the steam through the horn, not out the bell…..yes, that’s the right size to drill out the pips

02/27/2017 - tom Dilbeck asks:
Hi, Steve! I love the SaxxRaxx bari stick I bought from you! Thanks! Q; Although I have three other name sopranos, my favourite is a Vito I ought in 1974 and I love it. it has traveled the world with me for 40 plus years. Anyway, I can’t find it on any Vito lists. It only has stamped Vito, Japan, and 7741656. I still have my receipt from the music shop, back in 1974- $400.00 cash new! It outplays my Selmer Mark VI! My tech is always trying to buy it from me, but I love it and I have so many memories associated with it. Can you tell me anything about it because I don’t find those numbers on any charts? Thanks and, again, thanks for hooking me up w/ the bari Stick! Cheers, -Tom

Answer:

those were made by Yanigasawa……no, Yanigasawa serial number lists do not correspond

02/19/2017 - Knut Riisnaes asks:
Hi, I’m playing a SBA 40xxx tenor and I find the left hand thumb rest very uncomfortable. Any suggestions?.

Answer:

To enlarge the surface area of the thumb rest, using a larger button, you would have to modify the key…..I’ve done it before, and it was harder than you would think!

02/19/2017 - Luke Mortensen asks:
What is the difference between the alto models for the Voodoo Rex, Super 400 Series I, and the Super 400 Series II?

Answer:

There are LOTS of differences……here are some (but not all) of them: the bore is entirely different; the Super 400 has a range to high G; the Super 400 comes with  2 different necks; the Super 400 has our never stick G# key; the Super 400 has an upper stack speaker key……the best thing fore you to do is watch the videos and let me know your specific questions about specific features

02/04/2017 - Ken Duck asks:
Recommended non-toxic adhesive to hold metal mouthpiece bite plate in place.

Answer:

I use Loctite Control Gel

01/30/2017 - padman50 Paul asks:
Do you have a MK VII Alto neck?

Answer:

we make a specific version of our Evolution neck for Mk VII’s

01/30/2017 - joe nickerson asks:
rather give you the money honey for a high mass neck screw for my super 400 II than to matt lee for that buzz screw.. how do they compare? do I just need one? looks like the selmers with two neck screws only show one SS buzz screw.. are yours as high mass and soften the high frequencies? if so I’m gonna order one, son.. regards to yourself and sharon

Answer:

I have never seen a “buzz” screw, and have never heard of Matt Lee …… I’m not aware of any contributions he has made to the saxophone world……you only need one of our high mass screws for a Super 400 Series II….. you’ll love the difference! Lot’s of Super 400 owners have bought them and love them! Does the Matt Lee know the unique thread pitch of the Super 400? It’s very different from a Selmer, Yamaha etc……

01/24/2017 - David Moreau asks:
Steve,I have an early King H.N. White Co. curved Bb soprano saxophone, Serial Number 77723. I do not see any markings on the sax that designate high or low pitch.I am considering having this sax restored, possibly by you if you are interested.Please let me know how I can tell if it is a high or low pitch sax. Thank you.Dave

Answer:

you can easily determine high or low pitch (if the horn is unmarked) very easily with a tuner……if it doesn’t tune to standard (A=440) pitch easily, then you have a problem

01/20/2017 - Ken Fink asks:
I have the Guardala (German Stencil) Earth Tone tenor with your custom neck. I am looking for a case replacement and was looking for a recommendation. I see you don’t really sell cases. I don’t tour any more so it doesn’t have to be a tour-worthy case, just car and walking. I don’t like the sax-shaped cases because they tip over when you open the top-no balance. Just looking for a good rectangular case with storage inside. Wheels OK but don’t really case about that. Thanks!

Answer:

I always considered the Pro=Tec cases to be well made and a great value for the money

01/20/2017 - José Pessoa asks:
Hi Steve: I got recently a SML Gold Medal tenor which I’m playing with a modern Otto Link STM NY 6. The lower notes speak fat and in tune. As soon I arrive to A the notes start becoming flat. If I use G# with A and without the G finger the note speaks in tune! (also happens if I use the octave key). Middle D is also a bit muted.May this be related to the key heights in the upper stack (or this usually happens with SML’s)?RegardsJosé

Answer:

Replace the octave vents with our Power Pips…..that should do  the trick!

01/16/2017 - Michael D. asks:
Hi Steve, you helped me out several years back and you were a godsend, thanks! Question: I have the same King Super 20 Silversonic tenor that stares at me more than I at it. Where can I get a fair price on it without losing my shirt? I don’t see myself playing it in the future :(

Answer:

the Reverb.com website specializes in used music gear, and seems to be better than eBay.

01/16/2017 - Ted F asks:
Hey Steve,I am looking for an after market neck for my Mark VII. Which one of your necks do you recommend? I have been looking at the evolution and am very interested in that. What additional info do you need from me?

Answer:

We make a version of our Evolution neck (it’s even on sale!) that will greatly improve the performance of your VII

01/10/2017 - Andy Roman asks:
What do you think is the best case for traveling by air with a baritone sax?

Answer:

Anvil……nothing else

01/08/2017 - asks:
Can you tell me the purpose of having two arms on the bell keys?

Answer:

if you attach the cups at two points rather than just one, they cannot move from side to side and form leaks. This is a no brainer, and I cannot understand why all manufacturers don’t do it.

01/07/2017 - Blair Bazdarich asks:
Do you sell Baritone Sax mutes? If not, could you help point me in the right direction? I haven’t practiced in a year because it is just too loud for my roommates and neighbors…. Thanks!

Answer:

Sorry…..no bari mutes……there’s just way too much variation in the bell diameter between various brands

01/01/2017 - Steve asks:
when did selmer stop the metal thumbrest on the mark vi soprano saxophone? what year? what serial number?

Answer:

around  serial number 133,000

01/01/2017 - Matt asks:
How do I remove the lacquer from an yts23? Stripper? Boiling it off? I’m trying to get it down to bare brass for a project. Thanks!

Answer:

I use Aircraft brand aerosol stripper. Since it’s an aerosol, it gets into the nooks and crannies very well. It’s very, very, dangerous, so wear rubber gloves, eye protection, protective clothing, and a respirator. Yamaha 23 lacquer is very difficult to remove since it’s baked on epoxy.

01/01/2017 - Chris Murphy asks:
Hi Steve, if a horn has a gurgle around low C, but there are no leaks, what else could cause this to happen? Thanks!

Answer:

what is the make and model of the horn?

01/01/2017 - Case Miller asks:
As a student planing on studying music in college what kind of alto do you think I should get. I’ve been looking at a custom z.

Answer:

Our Super 400 Series II is the best alto in the world.

01/01/2017 - Zachary Lasebny asks:
Are certain models not available through the store available upon special request such as the Steve Goodson Bari or the Marcel Alto?

Answer:

we don’t sell our horns through dealers or retail stores. We only sell them on this website. The last Steve Goodson Model bari was made in 2005. The last Marcel was made in 2003.

01/01/2017 - Stephanie Lawton asks:
Hi Steve, I have an LA Sax straight soprano saxophone that I’d like to sell. My hubby bought it for me about 8 years ago from a friend, but I just don’t play any longer. We don’t know if the friend bought it new or used, but he would have bought it about 15 years ago, give or take a couple years, I think. It looks to be in great condition. The serial number is 200808, it has a shiny black finish, and has both straight and bent necks. I’m trying to figure out what would be a fair price to sell it for. Would you be able to give me any information about what this sax might be worth, and perhaps a good place to sell it? Thank you so much for any info you can give!

Answer:

a really nice looking one in perfect playing condition is probably a thousand dollar horn. eBay and Craig’s List are probably your best selling options if you don’t have a musician network.

01/01/2017 - paul pirozzi asks:
Hi Steve,I have a Steve Goodson Orpheo tenor sax serial number 2309030. The tenon receiver need to be replaced. Can you direct me to a vendor where I can purchase a new tenon reciver. Thank You For Your Help

Answer:

You will have to have a repair shop make one for you. Any repair shop should be able to do this without much difficulty. Orpheus Music, the company that sold the Orpheo, has been out of business for many years.

12/20/2016 - Rod Berry asks:
Hi Steve, I know you are slammed right now. Quick question.What do you use to cushion the adjustment screws where they hit the G# key and the Bis lever ?

Answer:

I punch little cylinders out of Tech Cork……I’ve tried all sorts of material, and tech cork seems to work best

12/09/2016 - Dave mcinnis asks:
I have a s6 copy of the mk6 soprano.I was going to get a martin handcrafted soprano saxophone what do u think

Answer:

I would have to see and play both horns to be able to give you an opinion

12/09/2016 - Bryce Bone asks:
My c side key goes down but won`t come up buy itself. Is it stuck, or what do I need to fix it and how?

Answer:

there are a lot of possible causes……you’ll need to send lots of clear, detailed pictures for me to even begin to diagnose the problem

12/09/2016 - Claus Voit asks:
Do you have experience of putting a cork ring in the end of the soprano sax tube or placing some cork near low Bb, Low B key to correct the too high intonation? Where can I find resources on the internet to do it myself?

Answer:

yes, but I use epoxy putty because cork absorbs moisture…..this is not a job to attempt yourself unless you are very conversant with saxophone acoustics

12/09/2016 - Donald asks:
Hello Mr.Goodson, I have a Keilwerth SX90R soprano and need a G# key pearl but have no success at finding one due to the difference in its shape, any suggestions on where to look?

Answer:

you can buy raw mother of pearl stock from a jewelry supply store and shape it yourself…..be careful! The dust is toxic!

12/09/2016 - Tony asks:
I have a Dave gardula tenor .. needs repadding.. should I use too pads… I want quick response and projection

Answer:

get the MusicMedic Extreme Roo Pads and use our Power Point resonators….we can oversize them for your horn

12/09/2016 - mike asks:
Hello Steve, this is Mike who inquired about the “blue” Mark VI tenor. Thanks for the input about cleaning; but, what do you suppose a value range on this instrument would be?

Answer:

that’s a tough one…..there are VERY few of those…..and who is a potential buyer? I had a red one for a while, but didn’t use it for gigs because that finish is so easy to damage…..I’d say that if you can clearly document that the finish is absolutely original, it would add about 20% to the value of the horn…..BUT, it has to be clearly documented as original

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05/16/2016 - John lewis asks: About my saxophone origin age is itany good "I have a silver saxophone markings regaltone 57 New Compton SIW.C.2. Perfected french manafacture . 4357 also8845 numberbelow thumb hold. Any information would be welcomed." Answer:
I haven't a clue.....there are a zillion "house brand" horns from a huge number of different manufacturers.....send me some clear, detailed pictures and maybe I'll recognize some features that will help identify it
04/28/2016 - Tonya asks: Tenor sax "We just received our tenor saxophone and there was a black circle plastic piece on the back. What is that? Is it supposed to be there?" Answer:
please send a picture......I don't have a clue what you are talking about
04/14/2016 - Bill Scavotto asks: Sax Neck Screws "Do you need 2 neck screws ? 1 for the neck and 1for the lyre in order produce a better sound. " Answer:
I am not contending that the screws alter the sound
02/04/2016 - Darien King asks: Vento saxophones "I have been looking at Vento saxophones and I want to know if it is a good brand." Answer:
why aren\'t you looking at our Saxgourmet saxophones?
01/04/2016 - Thad Noland asks: Tenor Key Clamps "Hi, there Steve. Happy New Year to you!\\r\\n\\r\\nI have a quick question regarding the your tenor sax key clamps:\\r\\n\\r\\n I see that you have the old style tenor clamps on clearance for $50. What are the differences between the old and new style clamps and is there an advantage to using the new design over the old?\\r\\n\\r\\nThanks for your time. All the best.\\r\\n\\r\\n - Thad" Answer:
the exterior coating on the old style is not as soft and the interior wire is not as springy
01/04/2016 - Gilbert asks: Thumb rest "Hello Steve. My name is Gilbert. Do your ergo thumb rests fit curved soprano saxes? If so are they all the same size?" Answer:
yes we do......
01/02/2016 - Alex asks: Conn 10m neck "I have a 65 conn 10m in great condition. I have 2 questions... One is in your opinion is there a difference between the 65 and a lady face from the earlier years? And number two is how could your neck improve the tone and the altissimo register on my horn? Thanks " Answer:
if you own a 1965 10M, it has a double socket neck, which we don\'t currently manufacture. The later 10M\'s are dimensionally identical to the earlier versions, but have some minor keywork and cosmetic variations.
12/14/2015 - Hayden asks: Necks "What are the main differences between the evolution tenor neck, and the one with the nodal weights. " Answer:
taper and materials
11/24/2015 - Hayden Eighmy asks: Yamaha neck "Hello Steve, I\\\'m in the market to buy a new neck for my Yamaha 62 tenor. I\\\'ve been looking at the V1 neck from Yamaha as it has the largest bore size for a bigger sound. How would you compare both models of your neck to this one. And what would be the advantages of buying your neck vs the Yamaha neck. " Answer:
the Yamaha neck is basically a straight cone....if you will play the overtone series on your horn, you will note that the overtones get progressively sharper as they increase in pitch.....you must compensate for this by using a parabolic cone taper, which we do......the two necks have different average diameters (the Evolution is larger) and are made from different materials: the Evolution is copper, which is darker.
10/17/2015 - Crystal asks: Ligature "Ok, so my Alto Sax friends are telling me that a leather ligature HAS to go outward instead of inward, because it effects the tone of the saxophone. Is this true?? Or does it even matter??" Answer:
I don't understand what you mean.....
10/13/2015 - joe nickerson asks: cases "hi steve.. couldn\'t find any info on what type of case the super 400 comes in.. and I assume my otto link ny will fit the necks no prob.. thanks.. ????\r\n" Answer:
the case is a leather covered rectangular wood `fully lined with slots for BOTH necks.....the hardware is brass
10/11/2015 - joe nickerson asks: super 400 "steve I seriously plan to buy a super 400 from you but I have 2 questions:\r\n\r\nmy credit card limit is 3 grand.. I bought a yts custom Z tenor and and an ex875 soprano from quin the esximo (sic) on ebay 6 years ago and paid direct bank transfer.. it\'s the best and goes through fast.. is that ok with you? just need an iban number nowdays..\r\n\r\nalso, I much prefer the low yamaha action to high selmer action, so will I be comfortable on a super 400? hope so!\r\n\r\nok.. when you have time.. I will be ready somewhere around xmas time..\r\n\r\nthank you, sincerely\r\n\r\njoe nickerson" Answer:
check your email......
10/01/2015 - Michael Elswick asks: 1963 Buffet Tenor, SDA, Sparkle Lacquer "I\'ve been repairing for 43 years but I haven\'t seen one of these. It still has the original screw in pads which have gone south. It is also in mint condition. I was thinking about putting chocolate Roo pads in it. Any words of wisdom or warnings? By the way, I was at your house about 3 years ago during Jazz Fest. Charles Neville walked in while we were talking. He wanted to borrow a horn from you for a performance that day. \r\nThanks for anything you can pass on to me.\r\n\r\nMichael " Answer:
try the new extreme 'roo pads......it's simply the finest pad available at any price.......you might want to consider enlarging the resonators.....the original ones are far too small
09/17/2015 - john stokes asks: Selmer model 26 soprano d sharp trill pearl "Hi Steve I find that playing up from low d to e I am still fingering the trill pearl\r\nHence playing a double d.would it be a done thing to modify the e pearl ; make it higher so I clear the trill button.thanks john uk res" Answer:
I don't see anything wrong with lowering that trill key pearl......I always found that particular system difficult to use
08/24/2015 - Terry Bedford asks: Gourmet sax thumb rest "Hi Steve do you make your thumb rest in black as shown on you tube" Answer:
yes we do......go to the Thumbrests category on the top menu
08/23/2015 - Terry Bedford asks: Gourmet thumb rest "Hi Steve, do you make a black one like you use on you tube" Answer:
yes we do......
08/23/2015 - Terry Bedford asks: Gourmet saxophone thumb rest "Hi Steve do you make the thumb rest in black like the one on you tube" Answer:
yes......it's on our site
08/15/2015 - Yoni Kretzmer asks: Wooden 10* mouthpiece "Dear Steve,\r\nI would like to know whether you take custom orders? \r\nI\'m interested in ordering a 10* wooden Jack of Spades mouthpiece, would that be possible?\r\n\r\nMany thanks\r\nYoni" Answer:
sure.....we can do a custom opening.....please define 10* in terms of thousandths of an inch.....we charge the basic shop rate ($100/hr) over and above the cost of the mouthpiece for custom facing
08/10/2015 - bill asks: king super 20/silver sonic "My father passed away 5 years ago and left me a 1960\'s King Super 20 Silver Sonic Tenor Saxophone. In want to sell it but don\'t know what amount to sell it for. Is there someone who might know? My serial number is 433160. It looks like the keys are mother of pearl, but I don\'t know if the bell and neck are silver. I suspect it was made in either 1967 or 1968. It looks like it is gold plated and engraved and in fantastic condition considering my father only used it very rarely. Had it serviced about 4 years ago and has since only sat in it\'s case. Thank you" Answer:
see our Vintage Saxophone Value Guide at www.saxgourmet.com be sure to read the preface in order to make the necessary adjustments!
08/09/2015 - Bernardo tapia asks: Music "Mr goodson where can i find some of your music and can you recomend a shop for an overhaul on my alto. " Answer:
send your horn to the Pro Shop at MusicMedic.com they are the very best in the world I never recorded any original music
08/05/2015 - Stephan asks: Need a good mouthpiece for a Martin Committee II "Hi Steve,\r\nI want a good mouthpiece for a Martin Committee II. Prefereably to emphasize the old deep and fat sound of that sax.\r\nWhat would you suggest?\r\n\r\nthanks\r\n\r\nStephan" Answer:
alto or tenor?
08/02/2015 - Anthony Patrizio asks: Necks for C- Melody sax "I have a neck that came with my Conn and it looks like an alto neck with the tuner nob on it. I was wondering if you have a tenor-looking neck that would fit\r\nthis C- Melody Sax. Are all the neck diameters for C- Melody the same?\r\nThanks, " Answer:
there is a HUGE variation in C-Melody necks, just as there is with all saxophone necks. Beware of anybody who tries to tell you that "one size fits all"...... unfortunately, we're not in the C-Melody business
08/02/2015 - Dave Hurley asks: soloing lessons "Steve,\r\nGreetings from Nerdalicious World Headquarters up here in Portsmouth Virginia! I am interested in finding out who or where is a great place to learn soloing and improvisational lessons from. It\'s the next step for me as the classical training has had me ... stalled and wanting to do a lot more with my capabilities. (dayjob and family obligations aside) I know you are pretty booked and my current instructor is classical style only. I love jazz (some forms, not most) and indie rock primarily. I have a bari and alto in my inventory (yours) and am currently focused on the alto, but bari is where my heart lies. Please let me know what your ideas are when you can.\r\nthanks,\r\nDave Hurley" Answer:
contact Tim Price......he gives great lessons via Skype.....tell him you're my third cousin
07/31/2015 - Karen asks: alto sax mute "Hi,\r\nI am interested in purchasing one of your alto sax mutes, but the international\r\nshipping charge of $75 is rather steep in relation to the cost of the mute. \r\n\r\nDo you have a distributor in Canada perhaps?\r\n\r\nThanks.\r\n" Answer:
Sorry, we only sell our products on this website......unfortunately, international postage rates are beyond our control
07/24/2015 - Alan Kays asks: Couf Superba I Alto Intonation and Neck Concerns "Steve, I purchased my H Couf Superba1 alto new while a music major at the U of Houston in/around 1979/80. My sax teacher was upset at not buying a Selmer and claimed time and time again the horn played out-of-tune and suggested I investigate necks. No internet or access to that concept at that time, so I eventualIy moved on to another career and started playing in a community band about 6-years ago. The horn has been a constant problem in the upper register. Mid and lower register corrected with stronger reed. A local tech put new Roo pads on it about 4-years ago and problems still persisted. They looked at it again a few months ago and opened the keys up against my wishes, claiming they just set it to spec. Well, its worse. From D2 on up it 15-25 cents sharp. So I am wondering if it really could be the neck? The intonation is fine until activating the octave key. I just need some direction. Music Medic wanted $1700-$2200 to re-do the horn and doubt its the neck. The horn is only worth about $2200 per your prices, so I am not sure what to believe or how much to invest. I have a 4 year old Custom Z tenor and its pretty spot on so I know its the horn. Can you give me some direction? Thanks, Alan Kays from Houston." Answer:
if you have technicians trying to resolve intonation problems, you seriously need to find someone who knows what they are doing, because that won't work......our Evolution solid copper neck will greatly improve intonation and response.....we make a model that is appropriate for your horn
07/04/2015 - jake madonia asks: sax case "hi, i just bought a yamaha custom ex, and i love the case but since its made of leather i don\'t want it to get dinged up do to gigging and travel. is there some sort of canvas cover to zip my case up in that acts as a shell over the leather to preserve it" Answer:
I believe that several companies make case covers.....I'm not in that business, but it shouldn't be too hard to find somebody who is
05/28/2015 - Chris DeLouis asks: New Case "Hey Steve, I just got a 1925 Conn New Wonder II Baritone from an old teacher and the case is completely falling apart so I need a new one. I\'m a recent college graduate so I most likely can\'t afford the BAM case and I\'m not really interested in a soft shell case. What are your suggestions?" Answer:
ProTec is a good value for the money
05/17/2015 - Heather Strong asks: Blessing Saxophone "Hello,\r\nI was thinking of selling my Alto Sax because I just don\'t play anymore but I don\'t know what is a reasonable price to ask for it. On the bell there is an engraving that says, \"Blessing Elkhart Indiana\". I have learned from my high school music teacher that it has an extra key near the alternative for the B flat. The serial number for my sax is 701680 and under that it says Taiwan. I was just hoping for some information because I am having little luck looking it up online. \r\nThank you for your help,\r\nHeather Strong " Answer:
I am not familiar with that model
05/12/2015 - Ben C asks: Travel Cases for S400 Tenor "I have one of the first-series Super 400 Tenors and need to know which brand Travel Cases will fit it as I need to check it as luggage on an airplane. Any help is appreciated - thanks and still love the horn to this day!" Answer:
Get an Anvil......there's really nothing else as good......I've used them for years
05/07/2015 - Stew Taylor asks: YANAGISAWA student Alto "Hi Steve;\r\n\r\nI have a YANAGISAWA student model alto sax serial # 3701126.\r\nMade in Japan with Yang symbol on the neck key and at the serial number.\r\nIt only has 1 palm key \"D\" and no bell keys ( B & Bb missing )\r\nThere is a tone hole for the \"B\" at the back of the bell. \r\nThese keys are not missing \r\n- the instrument was obviously made for young students to begin on.\r\nDo you have any info on the sax?" Answer:
I never saw one like that!
04/15/2015 - Mikey Rivera asks: Alto sax power pip set "Hi mr.Goodson I have a student interested in purchasing a set of your power pips for an alto yanagisawa 991 model. Do you have this in stock or is it custom order? Please let me know so I could tell him. Thanks for your time as always best wishes." Answer:
Yes…..they are in stock!
04/10/2015 - Bruno asks: Cuello para buffet super dynaction (28mm) "Yo necesito un cuello para mi saxophone tenor buffet super dynaction\r\nNecesito que usted me envie informacion sobre el cuello que puedo comprar.\r\nLa medida exterior para el cuello es de 28mm \r\nEspero que sea posible enviar a españa\r\nGracias" Answer:
sorry, English ONLY
04/01/2015 - Odd Henning Utterdahl asks: Saxophones "Hello, from Norway. Does your saxophones including hard case/bag ? I am in the market for a tenor-sax. For home entertainment, melody, all-round and not screaming stage work. Have bin recommended Keilwerth and Yanagisawa T992 Brass. For their high build quality and intonation. I like dynamic and pianissimo qualities. What model of your horns will you recommend ? You answer to my mail, please ?" Answer:
All of our saxophones come with a hard shell case…..look at our new Super 400 Series II
03/30/2015 - Petre Cornel bogdan asks: Neck sax "Hy i from rominia...i have sax tenor mark vi silver...and i want change your neck ..vers dark....please help-me..." Answer:
order our Evolution solid copper neck…..it works very well on Mk VI horns
03/26/2015 - deana dickerson asks: Alto Sax LeBlanc (Paris, France, semi-rationelle, SN 523) "I have a LeBlanc alto sax (SN 523, Paris France) purchased mid 50s but in excellent condition that I now want to sell. I am told it is a semi-rationelle design worth up to $2000.. What are the best sites to list this instrument for sale and how can I reach potential buyers who might appreciate this quality instrument?" Answer:
eBay reaches the largest market
03/05/2015 - Harley asks: 1920\'s mpc for 1925 Buescher tenor sax "Hello Steve, Hope all is well with you, Jimmy Carpenter, who plays one of your tenors, referred me to your site. I have a 1926 silver plate Buescher Tenor Sax. It doesn\'t play well with new mouthpieces. I have located two 1920 mpc\'s for sell. A Buffet-Crampon L ebony and a Selmer Table C. I am hopeful that purchasing a mpc made during the same era as the horn will produce a stable sound. Would you please give me your opinion on the mpc\'s that I am looking at and anyother input that would be helpful in making a determination of what mpc to buy.\r\nThanks Harley" Answer:
Get our Black Beauty….it will far outplay either of the mouthpieces you referenced
02/18/2015 - Joe Whiting asks: King Zephyr Special "Hi Steve;, I came across a King Zephyr Special Tenor. The case is shot, the horn stinks, no silver neck, the finish is pitted, it needs a complete overhaul and cleaning. It does have the double socket neck and the serial # is 271014. All mother of pearl touches are intact and engraving is still sharp. The lacquer is original and hasn\'t been played in many years. Is it worth putting the money into ? I play a Conn 10M circa 1962 with your Super Duck .120 mp. As always, thanks Steve. Joe" Answer:
without an original neck, which would probably be impossible to find, no
02/18/2015 - Mark Rushing asks: Saxophone Mute "I love my new mute and have a question about it. I was very surprised at how light it was. I know you use heavy metals like copper on your horns, and wonder if a copper mute might sound different. Why is it so light in weight?" Answer:
If you use metals that are heavy, you then change the balance of the horn significantly. Even a couple of ounces makes a big difference. Minimal weight is the only way to go.
02/17/2015 - Roland Lenard asks: Custom Engraving on Saxgourmet Super 400 "The standard engraving is beautiful, but I would like more! What would it cost to have my name engraved on the bell rim instead of the floral pattern?" Answer:
Roland......'m sorry, but we don't currently offer that option......HOWEVER, I'll be happy to introduce you to my friend Jaice DuMars or my friend Sherry Huntley......either of them could do a great job for you!
02/17/2015 - Gary Ecks asks: Rolled Tone Holes "Steve,\r\nWhy do you use rolled tone holes on some models, but straight tone holes on others? I would have thought that one or the other would have proven clearly superior. Please explain" Answer:
the answer is that some customers prefer the "feel" of one type over another. There is absolutely NO acoustic difference
01/29/2015 - Dave Jarman asks: Evette Tenor Sac "Hi Steve,\r\n\r\nI just bought a closet tenor sax that is labeled \"Evette\". The serial number is N135693. It looks like a 1960\'s horn, but I can\'t find a cross reference to the serial # on any of the sax web sites. You are my go to guy for all things saxy. Got any idea what this horn really is? It was less than $200 and plays well so if it\'s a nuthin\' I won\'t feel bad" Answer:
If it's in good shape, that can be a real bargain. They sourced horns sold under the Evette brand name from many different factories. The serial numbers mean nothing due to all of the different sources.
01/23/2015 - Corey Morris asks: Baffle Designs "Hi Steve, it\'s been quite some time since I\'ve had a question, hope all is well. I\'m curious about the geometry of two styles of high baffles as they transition into the chamber. Some mouthpiece models go with a straight cliff that simply drops off into the chamber, whereas others go with the \"bullet\" style. What, if any, effect does this have on the mouthpiece on how it sounds/responds. Thank you!" Answer:
the only real difference is the overall volume. I don't think the shape of the transition has much to do with anything.
01/23/2015 - Delores Clinton asks: to buy different neck for my crampon 400 alto what size I ne "I want to enhance sound of my sax selmer a much in price but will buy if it will improve the sound can you suggest another one?" Answer:
get our Evolution model. We make one specifically for your horn.
01/21/2015 - Mark Austen asks: Saxgourmet Sax Mute all Soprano to Tenor "Hi Steve,\r\n\r\nI\'m a Blind Saxophonist base in the UK. I have played Jazz mainly from the 30\'s on with a number of bands. My Jazz name is \'Blindy\' Austen.\r\nI practice as much as I can and have tried various ways of muting my Sax when practicing. (although my neighbours are fairly understanding)\r\n\r\nI have heard your demonstration of the Saxgourmet Saxophone Mute on YouTube and think it would enable me to practice for hours without disturbing anybody. \r\n\r\nI have searched the net for a UK supplier of the Mute without a great deal of success. Could you please advise where or if I can buy at the your Sax Mute in the UK.\r\n\r\nBest regards,\r\n\r\nMark \'Blindy\' Austen" Answer:
we don't sell our products through dealers, only off this website. We ship worldwide, and have many customers in the UK.
01/20/2015 - Mike Medley asks: Sax Necks "Hi, Steve!\r\n\r\nI have interest in replacing a few necks for my horns. I have a \"matching set\" of NY anodized nickel Dave Guardala alto and tenor saxes, though I think they are the B&S-manufactured ones. They were the last ones of the set that WWBW had when I had a theft of my first MkVI tenor in 2006. The Guardalas came with two necks - silver and the nickel plated to match the horns. Both necks on both horns sound a bit bright to my taste. On my alto, neither neck cares for metal mouthpieces (Bari, Larsen, Link, JodyJazz) - they balk and misbehave in various/different registers. For my tenor, the Ponzol M2 Plus in gold plate and a metal Brillhart are difficult to play on the horn. The Ponzol HR plays just fine, as do a C* (round chamber), and Rousseau New Classic. For the alto, Meyer, Rousseau, Semer Larry Teal, Jody Jazz HR all play fine. I also have a MkVI tenor (another) that has a somewhat crushed neck. It does not play very well at all. \r\n\r\nWhat can you offer for these different situation/setups?\r\n\r\nThanks!!!\r\n\r\nMike Medley" Answer:
We make our Evolution model neck in different models, including models specific for your Selmer and your B&S Guardala. It's the best choice
01/07/2015 - David Carpenter asks: Baritone Saxophone "Hi Steve, I have a Voodoo Master Alto and LOVE it!! I noticed you don\'t have any Baritones on your site for sale anymore. Have you stopped making them? If not when will more be available? It was going to be my next horn and I want to be one of yours.\r\n\r\nThanks!!" Answer:
We're between models! Watch for our Super 400 baritone late in 2015
01/01/2015 - Tim Rummelhoff asks: Balanced Action mods "Hello:\r\n Just wondering if it’s possible to modify both of the thumb rests of my 1937 Selmer Balanced Action tenor without any soldering.\r\n Although I love the sound of my Selmer BA tenor, I just can’t get used to the thumb rests. \r\n Is there any easy modification to adapt modern thumb rests to my horn?\r\n\r\nThanks!\r\n\r\nTim\r\n-- \r\nTim Rummelhoff\r\nTim Rummelhoff Photography\r\n5329 France Ave S.\r\nMinneapolis, MN 55410 USA\r\nOffice: 612 927-5953 \r\nCell: 612 418-9803\r\n\r\nYou can view my portfolio here:\r\nhttp://www.timrummelhoff.com/\r\n" Answer:
sure you can.....you just need to remove your current thumb rest and install a "modern" style backing plate......you can buy them from Allied Supply......they install in about 5 minutes
12/30/2014 - Joyce Carter asks: vintage mouthpieces "Hi. Can you tell me or direct me to a site where I can find out the differences between C melody mouthpieces and tenor mouthpieces. I also have some vintage mouthpieces that I thought were altos but not sure now. Seems like they are all different lengths from very short to too long. I am definitely confused. Thank you for your help.\r\nJoyce" Answer:
the difference is in size......not overall length, but in the volume of the chamber
12/26/2014 - Robert Crabtree asks: SG Mouthpiece "Steve, \r\nI recently bought a tenor mouthpiece for the bay. It was listed as a Saxgourmet outhpiece but it only has an \"SG\" on it. One of yours from sometime back? There are no other markings on it and it appears to be hard rubber (plastic?) with a golf ring around the base. What can you tell me about it?\r\nThanks and Happy Holidays.\r\n-Robert" Answer:
we made a series of plastic mouthpieces such as you described for a while
07/31/2014 - Steve Hall asks: Neck enhancer "Hi Steve! What can you tell me about the neck enhancer? Sounds too good to be true. BTW, I have a \'53 Martin Indiana tenor.\r\n\r\nhttp://www.ebay.com/itm/NECK-ENHANCER-FOR-TENOR-SAXOPHONE-by-NationofMusic-com-/190686441894" Answer:
http://nationofmusic.com/shop/neck-enhancers/saxgourmet-neck-enhancer-for-tenor/
07/28/2014 - John Clyde asks: Saxophone design question "When you added the high G key to your horns, how did you keep the body length the same as \"regular\" horns?" Answer:
The simple answer is this: the body tube is longer and the neck is shorter....the OVERALL length, of course, is the same.
07/26/2014 - Tom Tapscott asks: Response to Tyler "Tyler: get the Bob Fils! I bought one some time back to use as a \"back-up\" horn, but it\'s way more than that. I firmly believe it\'s the \"best kept secret\" in the saxophone world! There\'s simply nothing like it in that price range.\r\n\r\nSorry Steve, I just had to put in my 2-cents worth!" Answer:
Thanks, Tom......in the last couple of weeks, Bon Fils have been selling at a record pace.....I guess the word is getting around!
07/25/2014 - Buster Barnes asks: straight vs. curved alto "What (if any) is the advantage of a straight alto over a conventional alto?" Answer:
none that I know of......they do sound very DIFFERENT to the player because the sound is directed toward the floor.....it's a matter of perception, not reality.......if you analyze the spectrum, it's the same
07/25/2014 - Tom Tapscott asks: Vito Saxes "They\'re everywhere...and several different models/manufacturers it seems!\r\nCustomer dropped one off; serial number begins with a \"V\". Haven\'t seen one of those before. Key guards look like Conn, but rest of the horn looks like other Vitos I\'ve seen from the 60\'s/70\'s. Any ideas?" Answer:
That sounds to me like one of the early Kenosha made horns....please send some pictures and maybe I can tell you more
07/25/2014 - Tyler asks: Alto Sax "Hello sir. I am currently looking for an great alto for both classical and jazz in a very low price range. (Preferably under a grand- \r\n$1500 would be pushing it) I\'m currently stuck on a Bundy II and curious orwn your take on this.\r\nThank you" Answer:
take a look at our Bon Fils alto....In think it will fit both your needs and your budget.....let me know your questions
07/25/2014 - Carlos Guarnieri asks: Evette (1920 -25?) serial 568 "Hi Steve! A friend has a Buffet Crampon, Evette model and we would like to know what the price would be for sale. Silver plated almost 100%.\r\n\r\nThanks in advance\r\n\r\nBest wishes!\r\n\r\nCarlos" Answer:
There were many versions sold as Evette......please send me lots of clear, detailed pictures so I can identify it for you
06/12/2014 - Rod Berry asks: H. Couff Bari Neck Dimensions "Hi Steve, Here are the dimensions for the bari neck: Inside Diameter Top: .521 Inside Diameter Bottom: .805 Outside Diameter Bottom: .882 Bottom Neck Tenon Length: .665, 7.60 is the neck length. This is determined by placing the top of the neck (mouthpiece end) on a steel scale and rolling the neck till it rotates to the bottom of the tenon. I guess we could call the exterior top side length. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks Rod" Answer:
have you contacted Herb Couf?
06/12/2014 - Chas Miller asks: Synthetic Reeds "I am curious in the difference between your synthetic reed and fibracell, i have been playing for about a year and half now; ever since my friend turned me on to synthetic reeds, love them. just wondering how yours compares to fibracell, i always look to find the best product on the market. thanks Chas Miller" Answer:
Our reeds are made from an entirely different material and have an entirely different profile
06/05/2014 - Rod Berry asks: replacement neck "Hi Steve, Hope your beautiful bride is still on the mend !!! I have a H. Couff low A bari that Herb picked for me a long time ago and I am looking for a replacement neck. I had 2 necks and one has grown legs and wondered off. The missing one I used for classical work. I use an old Selmer D for classical playing. What do you recommend ? Thanks Rod" Answer:
I honestly don't know……I'd need the specs on that bari…..I don't have one of that model here
05/27/2014 - Hayden asks: Looking at a new sax "I've been using a yamaha 62-iii tenor for some time now and am looking to upgrade. What horns should I look for in the $3000 dollar range? " Answer:
Our Voodoo Mster
04/29/2014 - Loren Peters asks: SAXRAX Bari head for bass stand "Do you have this piece? I tried ordering from another vendor and they say it is backordered." Answer:
Am correct that you need one for a SaxRax stand that you have? If so, which version (a picture would help) as there are a couple of different ones…..feel free to call my office during business hours and I'll be glad to try to help you
03/29/2014 - DICKIE ROSSER asks: tenors "i got a gourmet maybe 6 or 7 years ago from jim at LA sax.Last week it was stolen.i'm a pro playing with johnny dee and rocket 88's in ATX.i was wondering which horn is closest to the one i had.i think they told it was you batch of gourmets.this is the best horn i have ever owned and want another." Answer:
Dickie: The Super 400 is probably the most similar, but it's far, far better…..it has many more features, and the playability is considerably improved. Give me a call at 504-324-3850 with your questions.
03/19/2014 - Troy Perry asks: What reeds match which mouthpieces? "Just putting this in so you can answer for everyone what you just told me on the phone. \\r\\n\\r\\nWhat reeds match best with each of your mouthpieces? \\r\\n\\r\\nI know there are lots of factors, but you just explained to me that La Voz medium-soft match up best with my new Blues Blaster Tenor and 1926 Buescher Aristocrat. That was really helpful, since I\\\'m just starting out on sax. Thanks!" Answer:
I\'ll get this information together in the near future and post it……maybe listing a suggested reed for each different mouthpiece
03/18/2014 - william asks: mouthpiece "A friend of mine has one of your silver metal mouthpieces #8, he bought it used from another sax player. I played the mouthpiece, and found it suited my playing style. but I can\\\'t find where to buy one. could you help me\\r\\nthanks" Answer:
We haven\'t made any of that specific model for about ten years.......if you like that one, get our Blues Blaster .105......it\'s really better, but \"blows\" about the same so it should suit you just fine.....if you have any questions, feel free to call me during business hours and I\'ll be happy ot answer any of your questions
03/15/2014 - Roland Lenard asks: Vintage Horn Parts "I have several old horns that I\\\'ve picked up at yard sales and thrift stores that need missing parts. Is there any source for vintage horn parts?" Answer:
Allied Supply has some.....the manufacturers rarely stock parts for anything other than current production......parts, particularly necks, are often impossible to find
03/15/2014 - Hollis Chatterfield asks: Pad Materials "Why haven\\\'t synthetic materials become common for saxophone pads. It looks to me like they might be better in many regards." Answer:
There have been several attempts over the years to use alternative materials. Selmer USA once made a series of horns with all neoprene pads. The simple fact of the matter is that leather (particularly kangaroo leather) works best, is readily available, and inexpensive.
03/10/2014 - Emilee Griffith asks: Bari Sax Low Rider Jazz Mouthpiece "Hello, I was wondering what the return policy on mouthpieces are. The Low Rider bari mouthpiece sounds awesome, but I was just curious in case I purchased one and it didn\\\'t work for me. Thanks!\\r\\n\\r\\n- Emilee Griffith" Answer:
See our Terms of Service and call me (504) 324 - 3850 with your questions. It\'s all there in black and white so there cannot possibly be any misunderstandings.
03/05/2014 - andreas asks: saxgourmet roopads resonators color "Hi Steve,\\r\\nI\\\'ve just been chatting with some of the musicmedic.com guys. They say: the finish/color of the resonators do not have an effect on the projection of the horn. I will buy the airtight resonator but wich color? Is there really no difference between silver or gold? Or brass and copper? It cant be only a aesthetic decission? \\r\\ngreetings from berlin\\r\\nandreas" Answer:
The color does not matter, but the material makes a big difference! We use copper in our horns, and believe it gives the broadest spectrum of sound.
03/04/2014 - Robert Peart asks: Category Five Tenor "I understand that pretty much everything on the Category Five is handmade, and is put together by a master technician who most likely has twice the amount of patience that I do, but why is it $15,000? I\\\'m just curious is all.\\r\\n\\r\\nSincerely, \\r\\n\\r\\nBobby Saxx" Answer:
Why wouldn\'t it be $15,000? There\'s nothing else like it anywhere at any price......BTW, there is currently a waiting list for Category Fives.....and yes, everybody who has ordered one paid $15,000
02/18/2014 - James Walden asks: Conn tenor c97888 1964 Elkhart Ind "I believe my horn originally had the double socket neck. Does you Conn neck work on this horn? Thanks, James 702-526-3982 30mm outer, 28.25 mm inner." Answer:
We only manufacture single socket necks…..I am unaware of anyone making double socket necks at this time
02/16/2014 - Mel Garcia asks: Bari sax case "Hello, I have a Yanagisawa 992 bari, it\'s 11 years old and still in great shape but the case is beat to shit.\r\nDo you have a bari case that\'s a bit lighter than my stock case, with wheels and decent storage space?" Answer:
We are out of the case business......we just can't find a case that meets our standards at a price we will pay
02/15/2014 - Will Card asks: Why the ridges on resonators? "I really like the look of the resonators you use on your Saxgourmet horns. Besides looking great, do the ridges have an acoustic function?" Answer:
The ridges on the resonators serve only to increase the surface area.....they have no acoustic function outside of presenting a larger resonating surface......the exposed leather of the pad acts like a sponge and absorbs the sound......for this reason, the resonators should be as large as possible and the exposed pad leather kept to an absolute minimum.
02/14/2014 - Jeremiah Strickland asks: polishing the interior "Wouldn't polishing the inside of the horn make the air flow better?" Answer:
no....a slight roughness creates a "boundary layer" which acts as a lubricant and reduces friction. This is the same reason a golf ball has dimples. The reduction in friction allows the wave to pass more easily through the horn. It's the wave that matters, not the air!
02/13/2014 - Bill Moon asks: LA Sax serial numbers "I know you worked for LA Sax and wondered if you have a list of serial numbers that would enable me to date my alto. It\'s a black horn with gold keys and says LA Sax on the bell. It has a high G key and an extra front key just below the B. I have had it since 2006, and have always been very happy with it." Answer:
There's only one model series of LA Sax that has the high G key and upper stack speaker key: the 750/850 alto and tenor. These horns were built by Foo Pin in Taiwan, and I always thought they were the very best horns to ever wear that name. LA ax serial numbers are not and never were sequential and mean nothing. They are useless for dating a horn or identifying a specific model.
02/13/2014 - Will Holley asks: Altissimo Octave Key "I\'m the proud owner of one of your Steve Goodson Model tenors with the altissimo octave key. This key has really helped me get my altissimo notes into tune, and I really think it makes them easier to produce. I have two questions: first, it two keys are good, wouldn\'t three keys work better, since the altissimo hey is having to cover over an octave\'s worth of notes; and (2) Why did you ever quite making such a great horn?" Answer:
Nice to hear from you, Will! Yes, more octave keys would be better from an acoustic point of view. In fact, twelve would be the perfect number, with a dedicated octave key for every semi-tone of the chromatic scale. Unfortunately, that would be a mechanical nightmare, so it's just not practical. Yes, those were great horns. We haven't manufactured that model in over eight years, although an improved version of the altissimo system is used on our Category Five tenor. Many of the features found on the Steve Goodson Model will be found on the Category Three model when we decide to introduce it.
02/11/2014 - bob ackerman asks: sax neck sizes "I understand you have a listing of all the neck sizes (at the tip and maybe the beginning of the tenon) for vintage and modern sax\'s. \r\nHow do I see that?\r\n" Answer:
We don't publish that information
02/10/2014 - Angelo asks: Sax Thumb Rest/Hook "Hi Steve I was wondering if you supply your good friend Curt from Music Medic your Sax thumb rest?\r\nit looks just like your model!" Answer:
send me one of Curt's and I'll be happy to compare them for you
02/07/2014 - Maurice Harris asks: Who makes what? "Is there a resource somewhere that will tell me which factories in Asia make which saxophone brands? Are the horns made in the same factory the same except for the brand name on them?" Answer:
Insofar as I know, no such resource exists. I've had dealings with most of the Taiwanese factories and many of the major Chinese factories, and pretty much know (or can tell by examining a horn) which factory made it. Most of the factories will make anything youn want. The horns made for different brands are almost never the same.
02/05/2014 - Hayden asks: High g key "Hi Steve, I was wondering if you could let me know which tenors on the market come with keys up to high g.\r\n\r\nThank you,\r\nHayden" Answer:
There may be others ( although I try, I have not seen EVERY horn on the market today!), but insofar as I know, only the Saxgourmet Super 400 offers a high G.....I will certainly stand for correction if I'm wrong
02/03/2014 - Brandon Dorris asks: Big thumb ring on Conn New Wonder II Soprano "My soprano is one of my prized possessions, but the thumb rest kills me - both uncomfortable and in the way in the case. Do you know of any ways people have adjusted/customized?" Answer:
take it off and replace it with a modern style thumb rest.....you can get the base and hardware from Allied Supply......add our Saxgourmet thumb rest and you'll be very comfortable.....all it takes is very basic soldering skills.......let me know if I can help
02/03/2014 - Joey Hart asks: Low Bb Bari\'s Sound Better? "I\'ve heard lots of people say that a low Bb bari always sounds better than a low A bari. Is this true, and if it is, why?" Answer:
There is absolutely no reason this should be the case, unless the horn is poorly designed. There's a guy in Brazil building them down to low G with no problem. All you have to do is pay attention to the math. Of course, it is necessary to actually KNOW the math in the first place!
02/01/2014 - Charles Wallace asks: Centering Keys "I have noticed that on almost every saxophone I have examined there are at least some keys that are not centered over the tone hole. Is it possible to center these keys, and if so, how do you do it? Is it a problem than some of the keys are off centered? All of the pads seem to seal perfectly. I can\'t figure out how to fix this!" Answer:
I've done that a few times, and honestly believe it is an awful lot of work for a very marginal benefit. It actually DOES make the horn feel a little better in your hands. You center the key cup over the tone hole by bending the arm which attaches the cup to the rod. It takes a lot of trial and error, and you have to be super careful to avoid damaging the keys. Most keys are aligned plenty well enough from the factory. Like most other things in life, you pay a lot for that last 5% of perfection.
02/01/2014 - Harry Conoley asks: Wooden resonators "I took your advice and got a copy of the Ernest Ferron book \"The Saxophone Is My Voice\". It\'s a real treasure trove of information. He suggests using ebony wood discs as resonators and gluing them directly to the pad leather. I would like to hear your thought on this." Answer:
I did try that......I had a friend make a beautiful set of ebony resonators, custom sized for one of my Selmers....I glued them on using contact cement, which worked well enough......after a while, the resonators caused the leather to stretch and sag a little bit......they were just too heavy.
01/28/2014 - Corey Morris asks: Insertable Baffle Details "Hi Steve, I totally agree with you that from mouthpiece to mouthpiece, even of the same make and model, there are dimensional variations. Therefore, as you mentioned, customers are to send their mouthpieces to you so you can fit the baffle to their specific mouthpiece. How much are you charging, and what is the estimated time of getting the mouthpiece back after you receive it. Thanks so much, very interested, might have to hold off for a few months though since I still need the mouthpiece ready at hand." Answer:
well, since every job will be a custom job, we charge the base shop rate ($100/hr), billing for actual time. That's a lot less than my plumber, lawyer,accountant, doctor, or electrician charge me! We can turn it around in a week usually.
01/27/2014 - Coop Rod asks: Vito Sax "Steve, I have a sax that was given to me. Can you provide additional information, here is what I can share about the sax:\r\nStencil of Vito in a oval shape; Neck has a Leblanc logo; Extra key above the thumb (compared to another sax) and\r\nMouthpiece with Melodia and the Vito logo.\r\nIt has a nice sound, scratches, a little rust, the black case is pretty banged up with no marks.\r\nIt does have a number on it, I don\'t think it is the serial number from what I read.\r\nThank you, " Answer:
I really need to see some clear, detailed pictures.....please send them to sax gourmet@cox.net
01/24/2014 - Bud Bowman asks: Saxgourmet Horns "Thanks for your help, may need to look at your horns if the budget allows." Answer:
Let me know how I can help in any way......feel free to call me with your questions
01/23/2014 - Bud Bowman asks: Tenor Sax "Hey Steve,\r\nI\'ve been shopping for a tenor horn for my 16 tear old son. He enjoys playing Jazz and Blues. He has played a Selmer ref 54 alto for some time. I\'ve been looking at vintage horns Martin and Buffet to name a couple. Can you tell me the difference between an early 1950\'s Dynaction and a later Super Dynaction horn? I\'m trying to stay in a budget otherwise I would just get him a M-6. Any recommendations are appreciated. By the way your new horn looks to be the bomb!\r\nThanks Bud" Answer:
the later ones have S-1 style keywork.......I owned and used one for a while......I'm pretty sure the neck and tube are the same as the older ones........why aren't you looking at our Saxgourmet horns? If you like the Buffet, you will LOVE the Voodoo Rex!
01/23/2014 - Corey Morris asks: Insertable Baffle "Hi Steve, I saw update videos of yours about the insertable baffles you were designing a couple months ago. Are those something that were successful or did you terminate that project? I was really interested in them and was wondering what the status of those insertable baffles were. Thanks!" Answer:
the problem seems to be that you have to individually fit the baffles....there is just too much variation in mouthpieces to offer "off the shelf" baffles.....we've made quite a few for customers who sent us their mouthpiece, and they've all been very happy.
01/19/2014 - bryan anderson asks: student saxophone "student saxophones Why are they made so bad some of them I have noticed some saxophones are made bad why is this I ask this because if I was to become a musician with the sound\r\nOf some of them I would want to quit because of a bady made product " Answer:
you get what you pay for.....if you buy a cheap horn from a brand you never heard of, it's really hard to have any sympathy for you....
01/19/2014 - Nate asks: How do extra notes affect the way a horn resonates? "Hey Steve, its Nate again. I was just wondering what you could tell me about the presence of additional notes on saxophones, like a high f# on a alto or tenor, and definitely the low A on baritones. Do the extensions added to make these notes possible affect a horns sound? Thank you for your time and God bless, Nate." Answer:
If properly designed (which doesn't always happen!) there is no reason that extending the range should alter the natural sound of the horn.As you may know, several of our Saxgourmet models have an extended range to high G. The problem arises when horn manufacturers don't "do the math: and fail to calculate the proper placement and configuration of the keys.
01/18/2014 - Winston Irwin asks: Curved or straight soprano? "Which is better, a curved or a straight soprano, and why? I see that you no longer make a straight soprano, so I guess you like a curved one." Answer:
I believe that a curved soprano is FAR superior......with a straight soprano you are playing directly into the floor, not your microphone or your audience.....it's also hard to hear yourself with a straight soprano......this is why we only manufacture the very finest curved soprano in the world
01/14/2014 - Maurice Harris asks: Never Stick G# "Do you sell mechanism you use on your Super 400 tenor as a repair part or accessory? If so, could I add it to my Mauriat?" Answer:
Unfortunately, no.....this feature is exclusive to our horns (we use it on the Super 400 series and on the Category Five) and we don't offer it any other way. It only comes with a saxophone attached!
01/08/2014 - Kevin Sinclair asks: upper octave key "Steve,When my octave key on the neck closes, fingering G after A, it does a short series of settling bounces. I\'ve tried adjusting the spring, but am at that point of diminishing returns whereby the spring starts to be to soft making the key close sluggishly and not as responsive as desired. It happens in a fraction of a second so sound-wise it is that perceptible except for the unfavorable effect of setting the reed into \"overtone\" instability.\r\nAny experience with this and/or suggestions for remedy?" Answer:
I suspect that if you have adjusted the spring tension properly that the problem lies with some minor binding in the mechanism. Disassemble the entire mechanism and be certain that each part moves perfectly freely on its rod. While you have it taken apart, be sure that all of the silencing materials are perfectly smooth.This is a good time to replace any cork or felt with Teflon. You didn't tell me the brand and model of the horn, and this makes diagnoses extremely difficult.since there is a great deal of differentiation.
01/06/2014 - Michael asks: Saxophone case "I recently got a Reference 54 alto and love it, however the molded case that it came in is far too small to cary anywhere near all my gear with me, and I am fairly mobile as I am in an Army band. I am looking at a Protech Pro Pac case but concerned about how well it will hold the saxophone in place. It seems well reviewed but I want to do my due diligence. In my many years of playing I have never dropped a case from more than a foot high, but I do want to have my bases covered. What is your opinion of this pairing, and/or what case would you recommend for a budget? I know Bam makes selmer cases, but they are pricey." Answer:
Money spent for a good case is the best money you can spend, and a case (particularly as much as you travel) is not the place to "cheap out".....I highly recommend Walt Johnson cases......I've used them myself for many years, often in conjunction with Anvil flight cases.....be sure to ALWAYS keep your horn in key clamps when traveling.....this will help prevent damage. Let me know if I can help you in any way!
01/04/2014 - Bob Barton asks: Plastic Saxophones "What is your take on the plastic saxophones recently introduced by Vibrato-sax?" Answer:
I think it may prove to be a good idea, but right now their execution of the concept is not too good. There are some real issues with pitch and intonation. Another issue is that the price has risen to the point that there is no longer a price advantage enjoyed by the Vibrato-Sax. For the same money, you can buy a better playing conventional saxophone. I think the only advantage they currently have is novelty.
01/01/2014 - Bivens Hall asks: Saxgourmet@NAMM "I just read a list of exhibitors at the upcoming NAMM show and noticed that Saxgourmet was not listed. Will you be attending? Is there somewhere at the show I can try your horns?" Answer:
We stopped exhibiting at the NAMM show when we eliminated our dealer network and began selling our horns direct from our website only. I'd love to go to the show, but just don't have the time. You can try our horns using our home trial plan, or you can visit our showroom in New Orleans, or you can try them at MusicMedic's showroom in Wilmington, NC
12/29/2013 - Brian Johnson asks: Low F # key guard needed for older Mark VI tenor sax (Never "Hi Steve, (Miss your articles now that Sax Symposium went belly-up.)\r\n\r\ni bought a new key guard that would fit but it is no where near the style of the ones on the horn. Do you have anything that would be more like the original?\r\n\r\nThanks for any help you can offer.\r\n\r\nBrian Johnson, Davis, near Sacramento, CA.\r\n\r\n" Answer:
I don't have one in any of my parts drawers, but I've got a VI tenor in the warehouse I've been "parting out" for years......I'll see if it` still has that key guard.....I think it does
12/26/2013 - Nate asks: Are there any other alloy\'s/materials? "Thank you for answering my question about finishes. I\'d just like to know if there are any other alloys that you know of that are used to make saxophones, and how those materials affect the instrument\'s sound. Thank you for your time, and God bless. " Answer:
Most saxophones are made from a brass alloy that is around 30% zinc and 70% copper.....if you increase the amount of copper and decrease the amount of zinc, the horn will be darker.....increase the zinc and it will be brighter.......bronze, which contains copper and tin, is also fairly dark.....silver responds quickly, and is a little bright sounding......nickel silver less so......
12/25/2013 - Nate asks: different platings/finishes "Sup Steve. After watching some of your youtube videos and reading some of your articles, I\'ve come to the conclusion you must be quite knowledgable of the saxophone. This is a question I\'ve had in mind a while, and I am saving up to get a new alto sax as I plan to persevere a career playing, so I thought I\'d ask; How do different platings and finishes affect a saxophone\'s sound? I\'d like to know what you can tell me about these finishes specifically: honey gold, cognac gold, unlacquered(or no finish), gold plated, silver plated, black nickel plated, nickel plated and brushed nickel finish. I\'d like to know which of these finishes can give me a sound that\'s big and clear with a solid tonal core, and can be made bright or dark by me changing my embouchre. In other words, which of these finishes would give the most versatile sound which could be shaped by the player? The sax I\'d like to get has an 82% copper content (just thought that would help you out.). God bless and merry CHRISTmas, Nate " Answer:
the finish has absolutely no effect whatsoever of any form or fashion on the sound or the response of a saxophone......none......zero.....na na.....the final finish, whether it is lacquer or plating, is typically about 3/10.000ths of an inch thick....far too thin to have any effect.....the thing that makes the difference is the alloy used to make the horn.....every alloy has a different resonance pattern.....generally, more copper yields more lower overtones, more zinc makes the horn brighter, and sterling silver quickens the response
12/23/2013 - Brian White asks: Vento Bass Saxophone "Hello Steve,\r\nMy name is Brian and I\'ve been looking for a good bass saxophone for a while now. I saw the posting that you shared from ebay and I\'m curious. It\'s a Vento Conn copy that sold for $3000. I\'ve Vento and I\'ve seen Orpheo bass saxophones at musicfactorydirect.com for around the same price; maybe $3500 +/-. I\'ve also seen a bass sax called The Hawk. I think they tried to pay job age to Coleman Hawkins and it came in various finishes.\r\nI really want a bass sax but seeing as how offering from Selmer and Keilwerth are the price of a fully loaded car or truck they can be pretty hard to afford on my salary.\r\nIs this a descent bass sax to go with or am I better off going with International Woodwinds or something like that?" Answer:
the International Woodwinds horn is the very same......there are two factories in China which manufacture bass saxophones: Jinyin, which makes a "Conn style" and Jinbao, which makes a "Selmer stye".....the bass called the Hawk has nothing to do with Coleman Hawkins.....the USA representative for the company is named Hawk Yan.....I have known him and done business with him for many years.....I rather doubt that anybody at Jinyin has a clue who Coleman Hawkins is......the Jinyin made bass is not bad.....if you buy one, expect to have to throw some money at it to get it adjusted and de-leaked......their set up works is, to be kind, terrible
12/23/2013 - Bob Barton asks: Best silver polish "I have an old Conn tenor which is silver plated. It needed a good polishing when I got it, and hasn\'t gotten any better on its own in the five years I\'ve owned it. What type silver polish do you recommend?" Answer:
I use nothing but Flitz brand polish
12/22/2013 - Billy Holder asks: what\'s that horn you\'re holding in the picture? "As I look closely, it\'s not a Super 400 or a Voodoo Rex. will assume it is some sort of Saxgourmet, but I don\'t recognize it. Could you enlighten us, unless it\'s an ultra top secret prototype! " Answer:
Man.... wouldn't have thought anybody would have noticed.....I had forgotten myself......that's a Saxgourmet "Marcel" classical model.....we only made a short run of them in 2005.....I still have that one.......it's strictly for classical playing.....we decided that, as good as the Marcel was, the market just wasn't big enough to warrant making a lot of them......I still use it when I'm teaching Ferling.......
12/22/2013 - Ray Plant asks: I need a 10M neck "I\'ve got an early 1950\'s 10M with a missing neck. Does your Evolution model work on a 10M? It\'s not the double socket version, BTW." Answer:
Yes, we make a 10M specific neck for your horn. Beware of anybody who tries to tell you that the same neck works on all horns. Ford parts generally don't work on Chevrolets.....We make a neck for all single socket 10M's
12/22/2013 - Will Hollis asks: The old Saxgourmet forum "Steve I used to really enjoy the forum that used to appear on your website. Why did you take it down, and could we get it back?" Answer:
it was a lot of fun, but it took a lot of my time to administer......we had lots of troll attacks......I've discontinued it in favor of Facebook groups. The groups that I maintain on Facebook are: Professional Saxophone Players Saxophones and Saxophone Equipment for Sale Saxophone Repair Saxophone Mouthpieces Saxophone and Instrument Engraving Vintage and Collector Saxophones Musician Humor Saxophone Teaching All of these groups have hundreds of members and are extremely active. The Facebook system, although not perfect, really helps to screen prospective members.
12/22/2013 - Steve Fraizer asks: Leveling rolled tone holes "My Conn 6M has a few tone holes that are not level. I\'ve heard of several different ways to get them trued up, but would like your take on the best method." Answer:
You should leave well enough alone unless the tone hole is really out of kilter! Adjust the pad if at all possible. If you simply must level the tone hole, do NOT do so by hammering underneath the tone hole to raise portions of it! This changes the bore diameter and does other damage that may be next to impossible to fix. When I must get one level, I use an old Conn Reso-Pad ring of the correct diameter and solder it onto the top of the tone hole. These can be easily adjusted, and won't damage the horn.
12/22/2013 - Johnny Sebley asks: Which are best: stainless or blued needle springs "Steve: I'm getting my horn redone and have given the choice between stainless steel or blued steel springs. Which are best, and why?" Answer:
I'm not aware of any stainless steel springs that are the same quality as the blued springs which are available. Kraus Musical used to sell some great ones, but they've been discontinued. The advantage of stainless was that it didn't rust.....well, we are now going one better: we have available our high quality blued steel springs with 18Kt gold plate.....beautiful to look at, they also don't rust
11/20/2013 - Corey Morris asks: Narrowing side rails "Hi Steve, I have a quick question about mouthpiece work. I was thinking about slightly narrowing the side rails on my metal Otto Link. Some of the response isn\'t as quick as I\'d like, so I thought I\'d narrow them a tad. Is there anything I should be aware of when doing this that could cause problems? Do I have to compensate by adjusting any other aspect of the mouthpiece? Thanks!" Answer:
the main thing to keep ion mind is to narrow the rails, not alter the facing curve.......be VERY careful!......if you only want to narrow the rails, do it from the inside......give me a call if I can answer any questions
08/13/2013 - Ernesto J. Ponce asks: Unison 6003L "Greetings,\\r\\n So last year when I was looking for an affordable tenor I found an 6003L on-line and was able to snag it for $500. I play pretty regularly with a couple groups around the Baltimore area and I\\\'ve been playing my keyboard player\\\'s YAS-62 II; had the Unison on the side as I just assumed the Yamaha was a better horn. And it is in many ways; I find the 62 to be precise, consistent, and the build is as solid as it gets, but..... I hate playing that thing! Un-inspiring and sterile is the only way I can describe it. So, I pulled the Unison out and found that it feels so much more like I want a sax to feel like, and I didn\\\'t get that harsh, stringent tone I was getting mainly in the upper register of the Yamaha. To me, it actually felt more like a \\\"pro\\\" horn, at least in the sense of resonance, resistance, harmonic complexity, etc. I can make the Unison sing more than I can the Yamaha.\\r\\n So my question is this. It will be a while until I can afford a \\\"pro\\\" horn so I was wondering what are the smartest (most affordable) modifications I can make to this horn? If I\\\'m looking for a new neck, which one\\\'s will fit? I think the horn has personality and I\\\'m probably going to keep it for a backup eventually, but to your knowledge were these Unison\\\'s solid instruments or should I expect them to \\\"not hold\\\" well and fall apart down the road, like some of the other early Taiwanese horns. Also, the one concern I have with this horn is the intonation, as I have found that in a group setting, I\\\'m getting a little \\\"wackiness\\\" in the upper \\\"A\\\" and \\\"G\\\" area. Is there any way to correct this? Right now I\\\'m playing a Vandoren Jumbo Java T45 usually with Rico, Rico Plasticover 2.5\\\'s, sometimes a Forestone.\\r\\n Apologize for so many questions, but any information you can give is REALLY appreciated.\\r\\nThanks for your time,\\r\\nErnesto Ponce" Answer:
Unisons are very nice instruments......I worked for them about 15 years ago as their designer......get our solid copper neck with nodal weights.....it will really open up the tonal spectrum....our Fat Boy alto mouthpiece will improve the response and intonation....let me know if you have any more questions!
08/12/2013 - Marcus Bettencourt asks: Sax Rax Stands "Hi Mr. Goodson, \\r\\n\\r\\n My name is Marcus Bettencourt and I am a current member of the saxophonist page and I found out about SaxRax through some of the other members of the page and they swear by them. I currently play saxophone and double on Flute and Clarinet in the California Bay Area and I am looking into purchasing a new sax stand and have done my research and have come to the ultimate conclusion that SaxRax is the way to go! I had a couple questions about the doubling capabilities of the stand and if they happen to come with doubling pegs for english horn or oboe or if the pegs are universally fit for these instruments? If so how many slots are available to put pegs on the side shoots? Also, with the way the stands hold the saxophone has there been any concerns about the bell flare or front of the bell becoming dented or bending?\\r\\n\\r\\nThanks, \\r\\n\\r\\nMarcus Bettencourt" Answer:
Marcus: The clarinet peg works just fine for oboe.....I\'ve never tried an English horn on tat peg, but don\'t think there would be any problem at all....there are two peg slots......I have never seen or heard of any bell damage of any form or fashion resulting from the use of SaxRax stands.....let me know if you have any further questions!
08/09/2013 - Ian Thurnwald asks: Contact Us does not work "test ... and neither does this!" Answer:
seems to work perfectly
08/02/2013 - Corey Morris asks: Category 3 Tenor "Hi Steve, just wanted to know how your Category 3 tenor was coming along and when we will start to see some of your review videos on it. I think I saw talk of it\\\'s development before the site crashed. Glad to see the website back up and running again; the new look looks great!" Answer:
Corey: the owner of the factory who will build this horn for us is making a trip from Taiwan to visit with me in New Orleans NEXT WEEK so we can discuss this project face to face.....as usual, it has so far cost more and taken longer than I had planned!
07/31/2013 - Donny Nockley asks: Travel Cases "Steve:\\r\\nWho do you think makes the most heavy duty case for my tenor? I\\\'m going on an extended trip overseas, and will be using a wide variety of transportation, including plane, train, and bus. Protection is the top priority for me." Answer:
When it comes to the ultimate protection, there\'s only one: Anvil.....nothing else comes close.......expensive, heavy, inconvenient, and well worth it.....

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