Rico Reserve Classic Bb Clarinet Reeds
I have tried most everything out there at one time or another. These are the best I have played without question. They are resilient, have a great tone, a great feel, are very stable and consistent. I have used them in a wide variety of situations- club dates, shows, orchestra, etc. in a variety of styles. They have come through with flying colors. I like playing them so much that I have sold all of my other stock of reeds to play these exclusively.
Yamaha Silent Brass System for Trumpet
"Completely worth it"
This is a must have if you live in a house with several people, or live in an apartment. I just practiced for a good hour and a half, and it is eleven at night, no body was disturbed and i got in a good chunk of a my daily practice done. Absolutely the best way to practice quietly, even if it is a little stuffy to play with but what practice mute isn't. Get it you wont regret it.
Vandoren Optimum Series Sax Ligatures
I use this ligature on alto and it gives the most amazing sound i could ask for. There is more freedom for expression and easier articulation than with other ligatures. I would recommend this to any saxophone player.
Otto Link Metal New York Tenor Sax Mouthpiece
Wow! What a great mouthpiece!! The best I've ever played. It has a great sound high or low. It also gives you amazing control of the notes you're playing. I especially like the way I can play low C, B and Bb with this piece. The notes stay strong and solid without going out of tune. My teacher noticed a difference in my playing right away. Overall, it's the best on the market. I love the rich sound, and the darkness of the husky. This is the mouthpiece for you!
Gard Saxophone Wheelie Bag
"The best product to hit the Wind Instrument Market in Years!"
I have been looking for a double sax case for years and had only found the large Anvil 'Style' cases, which aren't really practical for everyday use. So needless to say, I was really intrigued when I saw these in the catalog. But probably like a lot of people, I was skeptical as it is really a 'Bag on Wheels'. Then I had the pleasure of visiting their booth at the LA NAMM show last year and was blown away ... these things are AWESOME!! I play in a casino show band and 'double' on Soprano, Alto & Tenor Saxes as well as Flute and Percussion too. As you can imagine, load-in is a big pain ... 4 horn cases plus a suit case or two. I have tried everything including bungee-cording the cases on a hand truck, which works fine until you hit uneven ground and the cases shift and the whole thing goes over on its side! Well, not anymore! Mine arrived yesterday and even though it is advertised as a 'Tenor & Soprano' I fit my Alto & Tenor in it with no problems! There are also two side pockets large enough to accommodate Flute cases plus one on the front for everything else I have to carry. Plus with the pull-out feet on the front, I can 'piggy-back' my soprano case on the front (like rolling luggage) without fear of the thing tipping over! In my opinion, these bags are without a doubt, the best product to come to the Wind Instrument Market in years! If you gig a lot with your horn, you owe it to yourself to at least give these cases a look over. Even if you're only transporting one horn, I would recommend the double bag. With its SOLID divider wall, you can put the horn on one side and carry your stands and other gear on the other side without damage to your horn! This case is absolutely the best investment in gear I've made in a long time!
Choosing a Saxophone Reed for Beginners
The reed is one of the most important parts of a saxophone since it is the actual 'noise maker' and one of the cheaper things you can experiment with to change the sound of your saxophone.
Choosing a Trumpet Mouthpiece
I've always considered myself somewhat of a specialist on the trumpet - for the most part, I play a certain style of jazz and stay in the middle range of the horn. As such, I'm not always the best guy for certain types of gigs and sessions.
Not Pleased with your Saxophone Sound?
There are many factors that figure into an end product of a good sound on saxophone. Many are player related and many are equipment related. Where do you start when you want to get a better sound?
Cane vs. Synthetic Reeds
I think the vast majority of saxophonists today use cane reeds. Cane is a natural product; a grass plant that is grown in moist soils, on many continents, and is grown for harvest to be made into saxophone reeds by many reed manufacturers.
What to Look for in a Saxophone Neck Strap
The job of a sax neck strap is simple; hold the saxophone secure, in a good position to play the saxophone. There are many different features to consider, all designed to accommodate the individual player's needs.
Overview of Denis Wick Trumpet Mutes
Mutes are used to great effect in the trumpet world. They offer complex textures to the player and the composer, whether in a section or in the hands of a soloist.
Keep Your Horn Looking New
Let's face it—we brass instrument players are band geeks. Luckily for us, the cultural tide has turned and "Geek" is the new "Cool" (at least, we like to think it is!). But that doesn't mean we can neglect the basics. Your horn shouldn't just sound good, it should look good, too.
Saxophone Case and Gig Bag Options
A saxophone gig bag is an alternative to a hard case that is easier to transport to and from home, rehearsals, or performances. A gig bag is often lighter than an instrument case, and they tend to have shoulder straps, are available in backpack styles, and can have roller wheels to make it easier for you to get around with your instrument.
So Many Valve Oils... Which One Should I Use?
As someone who once had a valve freeze up while performing a solo rendition of the National Anthem at a Major League Baseball game, I can assure you this topic is near and dear to my heart.