Baritone and Alto Sax 2012

“If music be the food of love, play on.” ~ William Shakespeare

pitSetUpA friend of mine took this picture of my pit set up for the “In the Mood” show. With just the two saxes, changing instruments was not a challenge.

I did try to adapt a SaxRax that was made for a baritone to hold an alto sax too. As the result the alto took a fall and needs to be taken to a tech to be adjusted. I was able to fix the instrument for the show. But I should have known better than that.

I started playing the bari in two bands because we need the part covered. I was on alto two, which is a very nice place to be. But I wanted to bring on some very talented folks and they only play alto, so moving to bari sax was a no brainer.

The bari has a lovely sound and in almost every song has small solos, hits that really make a difference in the sound. The bass bone in the background is appropriate because we often share parts. And the player, Bob, was always in tune and a pleasure to match sounds with.

Sax geek stuff:

  • Yanagisawa 992 baritone sax, Yani #5 rubber mouthpiece, Vandoren ZZ #3 reed, Vandoren Optimum lig.
  • Selmer Ref 54 limited edition Hummingbird edition alto sax, Meyer #6 rubber mouthpiece, Vandoren ZZ #3 reed, Vandoren Optimum lig.

About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra) a GOLD sax quartet, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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