Category Archives: Eb/Bb saxes

The amazing Charlie Ventura ( here on tenor sax )

When I was still at school, in Cornwall, I used to learn to improvise (on clarinet) by playing along to a Charlie Ventura LP – he was on a variety of saxophones – often playing the 33rpm record at 16rpm … Continue reading

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Keilwerth New King tenor saxophone, 50’s vintage – the one that got away…

Although I’m quite happy with my current tenor sax, a German built B&S ‘Blue Label’ (pics here – more about it later), I couldn’t resist the chance to try this 50’s Keilwerth New King when it came up on eBay.  … Continue reading

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Lakeland Terrier just loves Soprano’s… ** now TWO videos **

As soon as I’d unpacked my lovely little Mirage Bb ‘curvie, and slipped on the closest available mouthpiece ( a very old Arbiter metal ‘5’, cost almost 70 quid in it’s day…) for it’s trial run, I just knew that … Continue reading

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Jim Schmidt’s revolutionary new sax goes East…

  I was interested by this statement in a recent saxontheweb topic.  As you may know, a while back, Jim Schmidt was working on a revolutionary new ‘Contralto’ – in C – saxophone with a totally different fingering system, and, … Continue reading

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Vintage versus modern saxophones…

I’m confused.  Nothing new there then… Been playing a fair bit of (Bb) tenor recently, kind of lost impetus on C-tenor (but NOT C-Soprano, still very enthusiastic about that one !) and I’m really torn between my 2009 Orpheo tenor … Continue reading

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Back to the 30’s Martins – naturally !

  Hey – just a minute, I’ve heard of ‘time flying’, but this is ridiculous, nearly two weeks since the last post… Well, I have been a bit busy, and trying to get things organised to either sell on eBay, … Continue reading

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Conn and Buescher C Melody saxes in action !

Thanks to milandro for putting up this saxontheweb link to a YouTube Video of the Chateauguay Tenors playing alto, c-melody, and tenor saxes, in an epic topic started by Captain Beeflat, a.k.a. Lewis – Snobbery associated with the C Melody.   … Continue reading

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