we get a lot of questions about a variety of saxophone topics! Here’s the answers!
Here are some simple explanations of a very complex topic that almost nobody knows anything about!
There are a lot of myths about old horns…..here is the truth!
This is a great way to improve the dynamic range and quicken the response of your horn
What your contract rider should cover and deal with
What you need to know about choosing a repair technician, and who NOT to use!
Steve teaches you everything you need to know in order to manufacture your very own brand of saxophones!
Steve explains the many mysteries of saxophone necks
SECRETS OF A GREAT PAD JOB As most of you know, I do a fair amount of design consulting for saxophone manufacturers outside of our own brands. Last week, I had a lengthy discussion with a factory owner who viewed some very small cost savings as being more important than the ultimate performance of the […]
Could You Just Add Another Key To Make It Do…….? The Evolution of Saxophone Keywork Nobody is exactly certain when Adolphe Sax produced the first example of the instrument which bears his name. The patents were granted in 1846, and an article written by Sax’s close friend, Hector Berlioz, in 1842 describes the instrument […]
The Manufacturing History of Conn and King For the next couple of issues, I would like to divert the discussion of saxophone design to a review of the manufacturing history of a few prominent American makers. Tracing their evolution and contributions gives us a good perspective on how saxophones evolved, and I believe it is […]
SAXOPHONE EVOLUTION: IT JUST GETS BETTER AS WE GO ALONG! I often hear it said that the very first saxophones, the ones actually made by Adolphe Sax himself, are very similar to the ones we use today. Well, I think the word “similar” is very appropriate. The early saxophones are in many ways like modern […]
SOME REALITIES OF THE CURRENT SAXOPHONE MARKET The manufacture of new saxophones is currently at an all time high, with new factories popping up all over Asia (where pretty much the entire industry has moved) almost every month. Since a saxophone can easily last a hundred years with only basic maintenance, and in consideration of […]
Steve Goodson: Saxophone Designer, Visionary, and Guru By T. R. Johnson The saxophone has always been the province of the boldest innovators. When Antoine Joseph “Adolphe” Sax first developed the horn in the 1840s, his competitors tried to ruin him any number of times – twice, they made attempts on his life. But Sax knew […]
STEVE GOODSON Q & A Since your personal collection of vintage horns approaches a hundred examples, would you mind telling me which one is your favorite? If only I could have as many wives as I have saxophones! Honestly, they’re all my favorites because each one of them represents something in saxophone history and […]
Steve Goodson by Thomas Erdmann Steve Goodson by Thomas Erdmann There is no good place to start this article. Saxophonist and professional musician since the age of 14, band leader, woodwind instrument manufacturer and retailer, saxophone design consultant, performance and instrument manufacturer clinician who is also the star of three instructional DVDs on this subject, […]
Who are the real professional musicians? It’s getting harder and harder to find them…..they might even qualify for “endangered species” status these days……of course, there are still a few around, but the employment opportunities are becoming fewer and fewer. There’s lots of finger pointing and attempts at blame assignment for this situation, very little […]
The Selmer Varitone: What Were They Thinking? by Steve “Saxgourmet” Goodson Put yourself in the shoes of a wind instrument manufacturer in the 1960’s: the “British Invasion” is in full swing, and every teenager everywhere is letting their hair grow and learning to play electric guitar. Interest in music has never been higher, but the […]
The Demise of the Powell Silver Eagle Saxophone On September 23, 2010, Steven Wasser, the owner of Powell Flutes, announced that the company was going to be unveiling a new, saxophone. His statement to the press on that date promised “…the United States represents 50% of the world saxophone market, but none of the saxophones available […]
We’ve been blessed in recent years to see significant advances in saxophone design made possible by a much better understanding of acoustics (I think I can honestly say that we now ALMOST understand what is going on inside the horn) and the use of new metal alloys. One area of saxophone design that I predict […]
Could You Just Add Another Key To Make It Do…….? The Evolution of Saxophone Keywork Nobody is exactly certain when Adolphe Sax produced the first example of the instrument which bears his name. The patents were granted in 1846, and an article written by Sax’s close friend, Hector Berlioz, in 1842 describes the instrument in […]
‘Ya pays ‘ya money……’ya takes ‘ya chance A guide for the saxophone purchaser Since 1972, when I went to work at Herbert Music in Auburn, Alabama, I’ve spent the better part of most business days assisting a customer with the purchase decision for a saxophone. I am forever amazed that consumers spend so much […]
Anybody who has ever visited my repair shop knows that I’m a sucker for tools…..if there’s a saxophone repair tool that exists on this planet that I don’t have, it’s most likely because I didn’t know it existed. Seriously, boys and girls….you can’t do a world class job of repairing saxophones if you don’t have […]
I’m old enough to remember the late 1960’s and early 1970’s and the fact that many of us who were making a living playing the saxophone during those days did something that would be absolutely unthinkable today: we had electronic pickups permanently installed on our saxophones, a procedure which almost always involved drilling a hole […]