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T-991 Professional Tenor Saxophone
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It took me a couple of years to select a horn, and in 2002, I chose the T-991 after a lot of reading, talking to other players, and playing different brands. It was somewhat of a nightmare, because so many horns are decent, and set ups varied so much between horns. After getting the horn, I tried different mouthpieces, and am now playing the Vandoren ebonite V-16 w/opening 8. I use 3.0 Vandoren JaZZ reeds. The horn continues to be a much better player than I, but when great players have played it, I am totally blown away with the excellent sound and expressive range of the horn. It is responsive to breath and embouchure control, and dynamics are amazing. I have even played classical and find the tone very versatile. So many other horns have felt too resistant and "stuffy" after playing the T-991, at least to my tastes. Choosing a sax is definitely a process, and ultimately, the horn chooses you, in a way, rather than you choosing the horn. I have "babied" this instrument, and it still looks great and responds well. I don't think I will ever see a need to replace this fine instrument.
I grew up playing a particularly popular brand of saxes and honestly thought that when I bought my own Tenor, I would probably get one. A fellow musician in college had a Yanagisawa alto and loved it, so I figured I'd give their tenor a shot. Wow! Aside from being a free-blowing sax with a pure and rich sound, I can't fully explain how liberating it was to play. The keywork is super comfortable. It's like Yanagisawa actually measured the human hand to figure out where to put the keys. When I initially tested the pitch against a tuner, I thought the upper range was way off. Then I realized I was trying to correct as if I was playing another brand of horn (cough). When I relaxed my embouchure and didn't change anything from low to high, it was spot on. This is the kind of sax to buy if you want a great sound, and you don't want to have to fight the instrument to be able to make music.
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