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Posted on March 27, 2010 at 2:44 PM Comments comments (0)

Due to limited memory space on this site and glitches, I was forced to move the blog. In order to view the latest posts, please visit http://www.saxtasticsaxophone.blogspot.com.


Sara

KenKase Reed Case Review

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (3)

Hello everyone! Recently, KenKase Reed Cases sent me a beautiful reed case to review. Read on to find out what I thought about this case.


First Impressions: This is a beautiful custom made case. The craftsmanship is amazing, and the case is very well built.


Cost: $52 + $5 for custom lettering


Design: My custom made case from

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About Reeds

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Here is a great article I found courtesy of http://tamingthesaxophone.com/ :


Choosing a reed


Saxophone reeds are quite expensive,and to add insult to injury they are often not consistent unless you go for synthetic reeds. They are made from natural products and most manufacturers seem to fall short when it comes to quality control. To be fair to them, it is not always possible to pick out ...

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Legacy Straps Neckstrap review

Posted on March 6, 2010 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey everyone! I hope everyone is having a nice Saturday! Recently, I received a deluxe student neckstrap from Legacy Straps. Here is the review:


First Impressions: The Legacy strap neckstrap is a great neckstrap for anyone looking for a quality neckstrap at a low price. It has all of the qualities of a great neckstrap: low price, great design and comfort.


Price

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Free Rico Neckstrap

Posted on February 28, 2010 at 5:46 PM Comments comments (0)

A couple months ago, I filled out a survey on Rico's website. At the end of the survey, I was asked to fill in my info to received my free gift. I filled it in and slowly forgot about the survey until I received my gift on Thursday. It was a Rico scales neckstrap. I received the Grey Scales version. The retail price is $13, and is a great free gift! I was surprised at the quality and am happy to have an extra strap for my alto. Thanks Rico!

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Runyon Quantum Alto Sax Mouthpiece Review

Posted on February 20, 2010 at 2:51 PM Comments comments (1)

Hey everyone! Runyon Products sent me a Quantum alto sax mouthpiece to try out. Here is the review:


Price: $147 with the spoiler, $130 without the spoiler (read the design section to see what a spoiler is)


First Impressions: This mouthpiece is much thinner than my other mouthpieces and also longer. I found that I could play loud or soft on the Quantum mouthpiece fairly easily.


Desi...

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Coming soon!

Posted on February 20, 2010 at 1:31 PM Comments comments (0)

Be on the look out for a Runyon mouthpiece review! :)

logo courtesy of Runyonproducts.com

Sunreed Bamboo Sax Review

Posted on February 20, 2010 at 9:34 AM Comments comments (1)

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope it is good so far wherever you are! :D Recently, SunReed.com sent me a soprano bamboo saxophone to review. Below is my review:


First Impressions: This sax is lightweight and compact, making it easy to bring with you on roadtrips or any where else. It easy to to learn to play and can be given to a child who wants a "real" instrument, but isn't old e...

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Solo and Ensemble contest!

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 4:01 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey everyone!


Today was solo and ensemble contest. As I said before I'm in a trio; we played Adagio and Allegretto by James Hook. After playing, we found out the results and found out we got a one! That is the highest rating and means we get to go to the state contest at the end of the year! I'm so happy!


Sara

Boca Grande Mouthpiece Review

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 3:57 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently, I received a mouthpiece from Boca Grande


Here is the review:


First Impressions: The mouthpiece is a twin of my Selmer S-80 C* except it is shorter and has a longer window. It is definitely much cheaper than my C*.


Sound: When I first played this mouthpiece, I found I was able to play at a much louder volume. According to the website, this is because it has a larger, refa...

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Altissimo Help

Posted on January 31, 2010 at 4:31 PM Comments comments (0)

Altissimo is useful on the saxophone for reaching notes in the upper register. It takes some practice, but it is a useful skill when mastered. If you ever need altissimo help, here is a page I found with altissimo fingerings:


My Favorite Altissimo Fingerings:


Please note thatthese are the fingerings I personally like, and may not work for allhorns or players. Many of them are considered "standard" although Ideveloped them on my own, before ...

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Xaphoon Pocket Sax Review

Posted on January 30, 2010 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (3)

Hey everyone! Today I got a package with my free Xaphoon pocket sax courtesy of Xaphoon! Below is a review and my take on the pocket sax.


First Impressions: The saxophone was packaged very nicely. The pocket sax is a saxophone like instrument that seemed more like a recorder morphed with a woodwind instrument. I'm not saying this is necessarily bad, just different.


Design: The sax features eight holes on the front and a hole at the back. The specially made ...

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Countdown to Marching Season

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 11:19 AM Comments comments (0)

Everyday of concert band I dream of marching band. Don't get me wrong, playing music in a heated/air-conditioned room is nice, but I love marching band! I loved the long practices and the friday night games. I loved the bus trips to out of town games and the pep rallies. Marching band is my drug of choice. Something about marching into the stadium with the crowd yelling just gets me pumped up. Here is our performance from this year:

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Bamboo Saxophone

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 11:03 AM Comments comments (4)

Have you ever seen one? Did you even know they existed? Well, let me tell you that yes, they are in existance! Here is a picture:


Keep a look out on this blog to find out what they are like.:)

What should you look for in a neck strap?

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 9:48 AM Comments comments (0)

Neck straps are an essential item when playing the sax. You can have thin ones, padded ones, red ones, black ones, cheap ones, or expensive ones. But what should you really look for when choosing a neck strap? Here is an interesting article I found about the subject:


There are so many different types of neck straps available today for the saxophonist because we all look for different things in a neck strap: durability, comfort, looks. I've used everything from th...

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Are saxophones going green?

Posted on January 28, 2010 at 12:26 PM Comments comments (0)

Nowadays, everyone is going green. Car companies are making hybrids, wind farms are popping up everywhere, and now even the music industry is joining in! Saxwood.net is a company that makes wooden saxophones. Yes, you read that correctly, a sax made out of wood. I have seen bamboo saxes, electric saxes, blue saxes, red saxes, inflateable saxes, but I have never seen anything like this. Apparently, this saxophone sounds exactly like a normal brass one. As you can see in the video below, it def...

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