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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

11/18/2016 - Mike asks:
How would you clean a factory painted Mark VI tenor? I have a blue VI (168,XXX) and it’s really nasty. I don’t want to hurt the blue epoxy. The keys and inside the bell are silver plated…these are no problem; but, the body exterior and neck are concerns. Also, what do consider a reasonable market value for one of these colored VIs? Thanks in advance.

Answer:

Those painted ones are incredibly rare…..I used to have a red one with silver plated keys……use the best quality automotive finish cleaner and polish you can find. I use McGuire’s…..they have a very complete line of appropriate products

11/14/2016 - Greg asks:
What type of mouthpiece set up would you recommend for a Selmer Model 26 soprano sax?

Answer:

Our Saxgourmet soprano mouthpiece works perfectly

11/14/2016 - Bp asks:
C melody tuning seems flat. Pushed in all the way . Help

Answer:

I’ll assume you are using the correct C melody mouthpiece, not a tenor or alto mouthpiece. If not, that’s almost certainly your problem. If you are using the correct mouthpiece, when you blow just the mouthpiece alone, what pitch are you getting?

11/13/2016 - anonymous horn fixer asks:
Why don’t you go to the NAPBIRT conferences anymore? I always enjoyed your clinics and learned a lot.

Answer:

because they treated me extremely disrespectfully. I chose not to renew my membership.

11/13/2016 - Mike McDavid asks:
I have a late 1940′s Conn 10M and would love to add one of your right hand thumbrests but there is no place to attach it. Help!

Answer:

you need to unsolder your existing thumb rest and install a modern mounting plate. You can get them at Allied Supply, along with the other hardware you’ll need to install our thumbrest……call me with your questions

11/13/2016 - Rick Knighten asks:
I want to order a Dragon’s Tongue but I want an extremely open tip, like about .130. Can I get this? Why do you only offer only one tip opening?

Answer:

we only offer one curve and tipn opening because we have experimented and know what works best on this specific design……that being said, we can make anything you want…..custom work is $100/hr

11/13/2016 - Rodney Gillman asks:
I’ve seen some of the cork risers you make and want to know if you can put them on my horn if I send just the palm keys (to save shipping costs) to you?

Answer:

sure…..that will work…..call me and we’ll work out the logistics

11/13/2016 - Dan Simoncini asks:
Sets of pads are available on ebay. Are the sizes standardized enough that a buyer could expect a set could repad either a Rene Dumont or a Martin or a Holton?

Answer:

You’re kidding, right? Take a look at the pad set sizes at www.saxgourmet.com and see thst there’s a HUGE variation

11/13/2016 - Sheila Ling asks:
I have a Mauriat Arc soprano and cannot find a stand. Does Saxrax make one?

Answer:

Unfortunately, that model stand has been discontinued.

11/13/2016 - Paul Bowles asks:
What is the advantage of using double arms on the low B and B flat keys? It looks like it would add a lot of unnecessary weight and slow the keys down.

Answer:

the double arms make the large key cups more stable by preventing them from moving from side to side. This prevents leaks.

11/13/2016 - Jeff asks:
I’m about to get my Buffet SD alto re-padded and want to use your Power Point copper resonators but I am afraid they will make the horn sound too bright. How will they change the sound?

Answer:

They won’t make the horn brighter….they will make the response quicker and increase the dynamic range by making the horn significantly more efficient

11/13/2016 - Dr jazz asks:
The left thumb rest on the balanced action is uncomfortable. Is there a soft cover or something to make it more like the mark 6

Answer:

Runyon used to make a plastic cover that slipped over…..it was VERY ergonomic…..I had one on my Mk VI tenor and loved it

11/13/2016 - gary underwood asks:
Hi Steve,I have your big bully mpc and made a temp baffle from wax and liked it,could i purchase a removable quality one from you please.

Answer:

I can do that……I’ll need your mouthpiece and the baffle you made, of course. Give me a call.

11/13/2016 - Lawrence asks:
Which neck would you recommend for my Viking M40 Tenor? I see you have a gold lacquer model on sale

Answer:

Get our Evolution model. We make a specific neck that works very well with the Viking. The Vikings tend to be a little on the bright side and have poor pitch on the palm keys, and our Evolution model neck will fix those problems.

11/13/2016 - Mike Long asks:
Steve, I have a Martin Committee 3 Tenor. I have been looking at your neck enhancer and am wondering if this helps the with intonation issues on The Martin. Do you have any advice other than a new/different horn to help with intonation. I learned and played in my younger days on a Selmer Mk VI. I loved that horn and unfortunately, it was stolen from me back in 1990. I did not play at all until I picked up the Martin Tenor about 4 years ago. I had it thoroughly checked out and fixed up by Mike Hammer here in the Philadelphia area. I am jonesing for a different horn however, this is what I have for now and am looking for any ideas on using this to get back closer to my prime playing years of the late 70′s through the 80′s. Thanks for any info and/or guidance on my journey back into the musical world. It’s been too long and I am regaining the passion that I had stolen from me years ago. Thanks again, Mike

Answer:

the enhancer will even out the timbre, quicken the response, AND improve pitch. What mouthpiece are you using? Martins are notoriously “mouthpiece fussy”.

09/30/2016 - Rod Berry asks:
When you overhaul a sax do you unsolder and re position pad cups so the pad is centered over the tone hole. (palm hi F in particular)

Answer:

absolutely not: (1) it would ruin the finish (the cups are silver soldered on) and (2) it is not necessary…..you can achieve any needed centering by adjusting the key ribs

09/21/2016 - Cynthia Brennan asks:
I have an alto sax octave key that gets stuck at the saddle. Is there an easy way to fix it?

Answer:

there are several different possible causes…..I would have to see the horn in order to diagnose the problem

 

09/18/2016 - clint gilmore asks:
When did Selmer stop putting mk vi above the left hand thumb rest of it’s tenor sax? Are you familiar with the floral engraving on both sides? I can attach a photo if I have an email address. ThanksClint GilmoreGilmore Music Long Beach Ca

Answer:

Serial number 91,800

09/08/2016 - Steven Swartz asks:
Hi, Steve. Amadee Castenell’s copper tenor is for sale. I play w/Amadee in Henri Smith’s Friends and Flavours of New Orleans, primarily on clarinet,sometimes alto. Studied w/ late-lamented Pete Fountain in the 1980′s, really miss NOLA scene, especially Creole Queen, where I sat in with Big Red Otis Bazoon III many times. Only clarinet here in Boston with actual ties to NOLA. What should I expect from Amadee’s voodoo horn? I have Link NY #6 metal and Link #8 hard rubber mouthpieces, 2.5 reeds usually do well. Thx. Steve

Answer:

I haven’t seen that particular horn in a couple of years, but the last time I saw it the condition was very good…….expect a big, full, dark tone with a huge dynamic range and very easy response

08/11/2016 - Joseph asks:
Hi Steve, My existing also saxrax stand was purchased about 2 years ago. I recently purchased a tenor and I have to place it very low on the neck in order to get it on the stand. Do they make a larger attachment for the tenor to replace the smaller one that holds the bell on the alto.

Answer:

unfortunately, no

08/11/2016 - Ben asks:
Are there any worthwhile results of removing the guard at the bottom of the bow on most horns?

Answer:

Yes, if you like to practice dent removal……other than that, no

08/01/2016 - Seanne Yared asks:
Hi Steve,I recently had my sax repadded, and the D# key wasn’t pressed enough during repadding to create the tonehole imprint, and there was a small leak. No big. I made sure the pad was seated level, and I just wedged a cork between the guard and key and left the sax like that for several days. Tried it again, and the leaks are gone, except for a tiny dimple of light coming from a corner of the sax. I looked at the pad, and it looked like where the leak was coming from is small dent (very tiny, imagine a hair on your forearm bunched up in a ball) on the pad. Are there any fixes for something like this? I live in a place where access to a good tech is minimal and impossible to buy a single pad.

Answer:

take the key off and gently clean the pad using saddle soap…..do not use alcohol, naphtha, or any solvent

08/01/2016 - Andy Roman asks:
Over the years, you overhauled several horns for me and each one came back to me with different color pads, green, purple, and red. Can you tell me how this was done? BTW, the pads seemed to last forever with this !

Answer:

nothing to it……take oil based paint, thin it down to 1/3 the original thickness, happy two coats with a brush…..let dry completely between coats

07/13/2016 - Emad Saab asks:
good afternoon.I am Emad i would like to ask you Mr.Steve if all alto saxophone necks have the same opening at the cork.Thank you.

Answer:

no……the opening is different on different models

07/08/2016 - Donnie Knacke asks:
I see lacquer, silver, and gold plated saxes, but why don’t manufacturers use nickel or chrome plating?

Answer:

The use of nickel (in the black anodized form) is quite common today…..I’ve got a couple of bright nickel plated Conns from the early 1920′s in my collection…..I suppose there is no reason you couldn’t do that today if you wished……I don’t know about chrome…..I’ll ask the metallurgist we use to advise us on alloys for our horns…..that question is simply above my pay grade.

07/08/2016 - Jenn asks:
Hi, Steve. I have just purchased a circa 1888 Evette Schaeffer Tenor that is missing half of its 2nd octave key (top portion is broken off and missing). How would I go about finding one to replace it? Or could one be fabricated or retrofitted from another sax? I think it is also missing a collar type piece where the neck inseets (and it didn’t come with a neck, either). I didn’t pay much for it and its historical value is worth more to me than the monetary worth, but I’d love to get it in playable condition again, and to do the work myself as a “project horn”. If could suggest a place to get a replacement key that would not break my wallet, that would be great!

Answer:

You will have to get the parts you need fabricated…..you will not be able to adapt parts from another horn….it is quite possible to make new parts, but it won’t be cheap!

06/29/2016 - Gary Johnson asks:
What is the difference in the sound of straight and curved necks on a soprano saxophone?

Answer:

Both necks are made on the same tooling and are dimensionally identical. One is later bent. The difference in sound is a result of (1) a different playing position which changes the relationship of the oral cavity with the horn and (2) a different playing position which results in the sound being reflected back to the player differently, so the player “hears” the sound differently

06/26/2016 - Dan Fine asks:
I am about to take the plunge and purchase your curved soprano. Is a mouthpiece included? Is it shipped with key clamps or “similar”? Thanks for the great works. Wishing you good health, wet reeds and strong long notes.

Answer:

It’s shipped with a mouthpiece and other necessary accessories…..unfortunately, we dont manufacture soprano key clamps, so we ship the soprano in key wedges

06/26/2016 - Don Teaugue asks:
I have a “modern” saxello style soprano which I bought used without a case. Do you know of anyone who sells a saxello case? Also, does SaxRax still make a saxello stand

Answer:

Since they are still making the horns, there just HAS to be somebody making cases, but I don’t know who it is. SaxRax no longer offers a saxello peg.

06/23/2016 - John Hargrave Jr. asks:
In the past, going as far back as the Unison Steve Goodson Model, many of your horn designs featured “underslung” octave keys, but your latest designs do not. Why did you change?

Answer:

We were very surprised to hear from customers that they were bending the underslung mechanism, but that’s what they said! So, in response to their comments, we changed the mechanism style.

06/22/2016 - Russel Bradley asks:
Hi Steve,Do you know how much would a Pure Tone alto sax hr mouthpiece sell? (They were included in max keilwerth saxophones)And how much would an alto conn mouthpiece in white hr sell?Thanks

Answer:

There’s no demand for either of those, so they have no real value

06/20/2016 - Mike McGinnis asks:
Steve, I have a King supper 20 silver bell in great condition #4111 How ever I do not have the silver neck that came with it. How does this affect the value? And where I purchase one? Thanks for any info you can give.

Answer:

The lack of the original neck will very significantly reduce the value of a Silversonic…..I’d say by at least 30%…..if you can find one for sale (which I doubt) you’ll pay big $$…..the last one I sold (15 years ago) brought $1500…..we make a solid copper neck for that horn if it has a single socket neck

06/20/2016 - Bill Reeves asks:
I have a 1969 Conn Bari sax, with the low a. What level of horn would that be.

Answer:

Conn would have tried to tell you it was professional grade, but in reality those were built for the school market and were in no way equivalent to the true professional grade horns available during that era. It’s a student level horn.

06/20/2016 - Russel Bradley asks:
Hi Steve,The neck you suugested me for the sml rev d was awesome.I’m planning to purchase more necks in the future. but through MUSIC MEDICas i could get a cheaper price there.however they said the alto neck ‘fits modern altos’. Does this include yanagisawa AWO20? or is there a neck made specifically for this model?and for tenor necks they only had 4 options, “selmer, yamaha, yanagisawa, conn”. Which one would suit a woodstone ishimori tenor? or is there a neck made specifically for this model?

Answer:

we make specific necks for those models in our Evolution series

06/20/2016 - Russel Bradley asks:
Hi Steve!I realised the tone holes and keys position are different in different brands, do they have any accoustic difference, or is it just a matter of ergonomics?

Answer:

tone hole placement is a major factor in intonation

06/20/2016 - damian j asks:
Steve, I am so honored to converse. My name is Damian J and I am a player down in Miami. I was with Glenn Miller and the Air Force Band briefly before that. I would love to try some of your tenors and altos. Would you by any chance be interested in doing an artist partnership and I could help promote your work even further? I can make a trip to New Orleans whenever. Let me know and thank you in advance, Damian J. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OugAoKkM2U4

Answer:

I guess it gets down to how many horns a year can you sell for us……let me know that number and we’ll talk about it

06/19/2016 - Phillip George asks:
What is your opinion on storing the neck in the bell when the horn is in the case?

Answer:

It’s a very bad idea and you should avoid it if possible. If you must keep your neck in the bell, be certain that your neck bag is as thickly padded as possible and that it holds the neck tightly. This means that a Crown Royal bag is not an option!

06/18/2016 - George Wilburn asks:
I suspect my horn is leaking, but when I put a leak light in it all of the pads seem to seal. Do you have any suggestions?

Answer:

It’s VERY easy to miss leaks…..here  area few tips: (1) always use your leak light in a completely dark room (2) disconnect the springs from the keys and be sure the pads seal BY GRAVITY ALONE! Don’t rely on finger pressure to make them seal. (3) remember that your horn can also leak at the joint between the body and bow (4) insert the neck in the receiver, but don’t tighten the screw. Rotate the neck 360 degrees in the receiver with your hand, using a very light pressure. Feel for any difference in the resistance. If there is any difference, then the tenon is not round and is most likely leaking.

06/18/2016 - Fernando Carranza asks:
Forgive me Steve, I push the button wrong. My question is if do you know where are made the Vento Broad Bell tenor saxes? thanks in advance!!!

Answer:

I believe they are made in China

06/18/2016 - rickmcdonald asks:
I asked before regarding replacING a Dukoff D8 “crystalite” piece. You recommended a dragon tongue. That sounds intriguing to me. What facing wold you recommend to replace the Crystal crystalite D8. I would like the same or better. Tone ,edge brightness ect.Thank you…since I can’t come to new Orleans to test them. But the design & materials seem to be a perfect fit for me. Don’t care for metal pieces, because of the feel in my mouth

Answer:

All of the Dragon Tongue mouthpieces are optimized to work best at .105.  Your Dukoff is .110. The difference is 5/1000ths of an inch

06/18/2016 - MICHAEL KELLY asks:
STEVE,I HAVE A 1947 CONN 10M THAT NEEDS A REPLACEMENT NECK . THE NECK HAS RED ROT. WHAT WOULD YOU SUGGEST THAT i DO. i KNOW THAT AN ORIGINAL NECK WILL BE HARD TO FIND. ANY HELP WILL BE APPRECIATED.

Answer:

We make a “10M specific” neck in our Evolution  Neck series…..and it’s even on sale right now!

06/18/2016 - Lawrence asks:
Nice work Steve and we love your accent. Good words. Just how do I make sure when I purchase this new Evolution neck that it will be the correct (Viking M40) 27.5mm OD? Your purchase web site don’t appear to have refinements. Can you personally handle my order or direct me ? Finally, any tips on getting the enhancers out of the HR MPC’s?

Answer:

just order off the site, and put the make and model of your horn in the “notes” section….remember that we make them to the manufacturer’s original specifications, but have know way to know the exact measurements of your horn…. flow some dishwashing liquid into the mouthpiece to help remove stuck enhancers…..

06/17/2016 - Keith Stevens asks:
Do your key clamps work with older horns with bell keys on the left? I have a Conn 10M

Answer:

yes, they do!

06/17/2016 - Lawrence asks:
I’m happy with my new Viking M40 Tenor but living in remote part of Australia can’t get to tech, as ii’s a little loose around the neck fitting. Can you tell me what comparable horn neck will fit? I’d be into buying a new neck + power pips. Also, my new neck enhancers are stuck inside my (alto)mouthpieces.Is that meant to happen? These babies don’t have “Saxgourmet” logo. Was I ripped off? (eBay)

Answer:

The neck tenon OD should be 27.5mm on that horn…..we make a neck, our Evolution Model (currently on sale!) that will greatly improve that horn……the neck enhancer should NOT stick inside the mouthpiece……see this video……we stopped lasering our logo on the enhancers several years ago due to the cost…..if you bought it from our eBay store, you got the real deal….if you bought elsewhere, then I don’t know

06/15/2016 - Darko asks:
Hello Mr. Steve Goodson she told me that by the time you have to sell Gold lacquered, heavily engraved, nodal weights alto saxophone neck, but I would like to know please if later you will have to sell silver alto saxophone neck heavily engraved nodal weights because I know so many people in Switzerland who would want to buy it from her but in silver, because here almost everyone plays saxophones silver. Thanks for everything Mr. Steve I wish you good day and I wait for his answer.

Answer:

at this time we have no plans to offer any additional silver plated necks beyond the current inventory on hand

06/14/2016 - Adam Gibson asks:
I want to get an Evolution neck for my Selmer Series III. If I send you the measurements of the neck, can you size it for me before you ship?

Answer:

no offense, but I just don’t trust you to measure accurately…..I’ve been down this road before…..that being said, if you will send the entire horn to me, I’ll adjust the new neck to perfection for you at no charge…..you only pay the UPS shipping costs

06/14/2016 - Kerry Martines asks:
I want to add a baffle to my Otto Link Tone Master tenor mouthpiece to make it brighter. How do I figure out the correct size, and what is the best material to use?

Answer:

You’re going to need to experiment with different sizes and placements until you get the results you want. I STRONGLY suggest making temporary “trial” baffles from modeling clay, putty, wax, or some other non-permanent material, and when you find the configuration you want, make the final baffle from brass stock if you want it to be removable (which is a good idea) or an epoxy like JB Weld if you want it to be somewhat “forever”. If you make an epoxy baffle, I’ve found that an ordinary emery board is a good tool for sanding and shaping.

I’ve got some pictures of various brass, plastic, and epoxy baffles that I’ve made that I’ve posted over time to the Saxophone Mouthpiece group on Facebook. You should be able to easily find them in the “pictures” section of that group.

 

06/14/2016 - Roger asks:
Thanks for the info Steve. One of the reasons I’m wanting one of those is because of intonation problems I’m having with the middle C# and upper C#. I’ve had a few badly made horns and that seems to be the problem area. I was trying to stay in the affordable area but I think I may to up the ante to a Yamaha 52 or 62. Do you have any recommendations for less expensive brands or pretty much just bite the bullet. Thanks again for your time. Roger

Answer:

This has been a problem since the very first saxophones…..I’ll spare you the three hour lecture on saxophone acoustics and cross venting and provide you with a picture of the solution: http://nationofmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/SUPER400II5.jpg

This is our upper stack speaker key, and Saxgourmet is the ONLY horn that has it. It solves the problem.

Like most things in life, you pretty much get what you pay for. Our horns have lots of very unique improvements found nowhere else that make getting the best possible results from your saxophone easier.

Call me with your questions during our regular business hours and I’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.

06/14/2016 - rickmcdonald asks:
How many of your mouthpieces have a table type cmamber. I been using a. Dukoff D9 ….in a see thru cyst all lite. It severed me well for 20 + years, playing r&b , blues & rock. But could also play some smooth jazz also. It was pretty loud & edgy when needed. Alissa more was awesome. It was stolen with a a SBA…

Answer:

Get our Dragon’s Tongue…..it has the power and projection you got from your Dukoff, but has less blowing resistance and easier altissimo…..I played Dukoff’s myself for many years…..I got to know Bobby Dukoff quite well and learned a lot from him.

06/13/2016 - Roger Patricio asks:
Steve, trying to find one of your Orpheo black altos. Missed one in eBay. Are they out there still? Do you have any for sale? Thanks. Roger

Answer:

the last one of those was manufactured in 2005…..the brand name continued after I left to start our own company, but I had NOTHING to do with the later horns, which are very, very different……if it doesn’t say “designed by Steve Goodson” on the bell, it’s not the real deal….The Orpheos were manufactured at the Ctown Hope factory in Viet Nam, and are the same body tube, bow, and bell as the Vespros we were making at the time. We added a high G key, an additional neck in a different material, kangaroo leather pads, double arms on the bell keys, and a couple of other bells and whistles. The black nickel plating (with either black nickel, silver, or gold plated keywork) was beautifully done…..the silver plating was not always good…..we sold a lot of them, particularly in Europe…..I keep an example of all of my designs, and I’ve got a couple in my warehouse, but they’re not for sale….I see them pretty often on eBay, so they’re not hard to find…..remember that the acoustics are essentially Vespro, so don’t over pay. The Steve Goodson Models from that era are still counterfeited (quite poorly, I might add) today, but insofar as I know, all of the Orpheos I have seen are genuine.

06/13/2016 - Edson Morais asks:
Do you send to Brasil? I want to buy a tenor neck enhancer. How much the delivery?

Answer:

we ship worldwide….in fact, 65% of our business is from outside the USA,,,,,shipping to Beazil is $75 via priority mail, which is the ONLY way we will ship accessories

06/12/2016 - Jody Spurgeon asks:
King, Martin, and some other companies soldered their tone holes onto the body rather than drawing them. What was the perceived advantage?

Answer:

The theory was that by not drawing the tone holes the body tube would be subjected to less stress and that it would resonate better. I’m not real sure this is true. Soldered tone holes are expensive to make and tend to leak over time. Trying to find a leaking tone hole will make you crazy, and you will almost always damage the finish of the horn when you re-solder it. I’ve always believed that drawn tone holes were superior because they never leak, and I have never bought into the stress theory.

06/12/2016 - Claude Faulkner asks:
What books and study materials do you use with your private students?

Answer:

(1) Universal Method for Saxophone by Paul DeVille  (2) 48 Famous Etudes by Ferling  (3) The Technique of the Saxophone Vol. I – III  by Joe Viola (4) Bop Duets by Bugs Bower  (5) Hip to the Blues by Lee West……that’ll get ‘em started

06/12/2016 - Rick McCombs asks:
I have heard that there is some benefit to having the key cups centered over the tone holes. Is this something you can do, and what is the cost?

Answer:

I’ve done it a couple of times on some of my own horns….and a couple of times for some customers…..it’s a lot of work for not a lot of benefit, IMHO….it’s also impossible to achieve 100% centering…..that being said, $100/hr for as long as it takes

06/12/2016 - asks:
Hello Mr Steve Goodson hai wont purchase your Saxgourmet Power Point Solid Copper Resonator Set for my Buescher Aristocrat Alto Saxophone year 1938, and hai wont Owersize Resonators set not regular set and please tell me how much and price for Owersize Resonator set. Thank you very much.

Answer:

$165 + shipping

06/11/2016 - Fred Kleinfelt asks:
I need some keys for a few old saxophones. Is there some place that sells parts for old horns?

Answer:

Allied Supply sells SOME parts…..you might check with them……in reality, parts for old horns are generally unavailable…..you might find someone who has what you need in their “boneyard”, but don’t count on it……as a general rule, manufacturers do not inventory repair parts for horns that have been out of production for over seven years

06/11/2016 - Ken Parsons asks:
When I visited you last year you had a beautiful solid silver neck that you were using on your tenor. What is the advantage of a sterling silver neck?

Answer:

That custom made neck was a gift to me from the company which manufactures our saxophones and was later beautifully engraved by Jaice Dumars….I also have a matching alto neck…..solid silver necks quicken the response and are just a little brighter than other necks…..I was using this neck on a solid copper Voodoo Rex tenor, so the brightness was not a problem…..we’re considering offering a series of solid silver necks

06/11/2016 - Billy Eldridge asks:
The keys on the lower stack of my Mauriat flutter when they open and the noise is making me crazy. I’ve replaced the cork on the key feet and it made no difference, What is the solution?

Answer:

take the cork off the key feet and replace it with Sorbothane. End of problem. Sorbothane is good for pretty much all key bumpers and silencers. Be sure to use a fairly firm durometer rather than a soft one.

06/11/2016 - Jon Clayton asks:
Have you considered offering adjustable palm keys on your Saxgourmet saxophones? I had them on a Keilwerth I used to own and liked them.

Answer:

I’ve fooled around with different designs but have not found one I thought was satisfactory. I disliked the Keilwerth system because the palm key spatulas had no slope, and I thought that was uncomfortable. I also didn’t like having to use a special wrench, which you are sure to eventually use. For the time being, we’ll just build risers when needed.

06/11/2016 - Darko asks:
Hello Mr Steve Goodson hai wont purchase your Neck Echanser for alto saxophone price and 75 dollars and for me its ok, but price of schipping Internazional for this little piece and 75 dollars its very exprensive and hai wont to know please is possibly to pay less schipping Internazional. Thank you very much.

Answer:

our insurance requires us to have a tracking number for all packages. The USPS sets the rates, not us. Your complaint is with them. We ship via International Priority Mail, which is the lowest cost method which is trackable. We do not ship accessories via any other method.

06/10/2016 - Darko asks:
Hello Mr Steve you are for sale Saxgourmet Laquered neck with nodal weight and underslung octave key price and 400 dollari and hai wont to know please if you are for sale Silver plated neck with nodal weight end underslung octave key for alto saxophone. Thank you very much Mr Steve.

Answer:

sorry, no silver plated alto necks at this time

06/10/2016 - Will Sampson asks:
Do you sell the black kangaroo leather pads you use in your Saxgourmet saxes?

Answer:

We don’t sell pads, but you can buy the exact ones we use at www.musicmedic.com.  They make our pads for us.

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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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