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I love saxophones and saxophone mouthpieces. Let me share some information about my sax stuff here:  
     
     
SELMER MARK VI  
 
My best tenor: a vintage Selmer Mark VI from 1957. The most complete saxophone when it comes to sound, feel, design, playability and quality of material. This type was introduced in 1954. Serial number: 70xxx. Prices go sky high.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
     
SELMER TS-100  
 
My fancy but not to underestimate Leopard horn. This is a Selmer USA TS-100 tenor sax that I airbrushed myself. This sax was brought on the market by Selmer USA in the 80's, but only for a very short period.

This sax has a big sound and is build/feels almost like a Mark VI, but is heavier. The E-flat and C-keys are positioned uncomfortable. My repair man solved that inconvenience by placing the thumbrest a little higher. Serial number: 827380.

Many thanks to Eric van Dorp and Eric Buitelaar of Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes Sassenheim (the Netherlands) for applying the primer, basecoat and final clear coating.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
     
     
CONN 10 M LADYFACE  
 
Soon after I started playing, I bought an old American saxophone in 1992. This was a Conn 10 M Ladyface (also known as Naked Lady). This one was build in 1935 and the serial number is 265026. An amazing legendary saxophone with a full bodied, but very flexible sound.

All jazz sax masters of the past have played this sax (a.o. Dexter Gordon) Soundwise this Conn is a totally different world when you compare it with a Selmer Mark VI. The feel of blowing is different too. With this Conn you can create a more outrageous and bended sound. Comfort of the keys is a bit less than a Selmer, however still very fast.
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
     
     
     
CHINESE SAX  
   
Surprisingly good saxophone made in China. Nice sound on the darker side. They probably didn't use the best pads, springs and corks but this is a decent, good sounding instrument at a affordable price. No lacquer, just chemically treated to make it black. Richard Sax Ross (RSR) was involved in the development and the Chinese people that worked on this horn did a great job.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
     
 
     
     
OTHER TENOR SAXOPHONES I OWNED:
 

• Selmer Super Action II gold lacquer
• Selmer Super Action II silver plated - 448178
• Selmer MK VI 1972 gold lacquer/silver plated
• Selmer MK VII gold lacquer - 3xxxxx
• Selmer Reference 54 gold brushed matt lacquer
• Cannonball Mad Meg unlacquered
• Dave Guardala New York - 008974

• Keilwerth Toneking Special gold lacquer
• Keilwerth The New King silver plated - 7188
• King Super 20
• SML King Marigaux gold lacquer
• The Martin 1946 - 160809 gold lacquer
• Yamaha YTS-62 - 022928 gold lacquer

• Grassi silver plated
• Guban silver plated

   
     
     
 
     
     
SAXOPHONE MOUTHPIECES:
     
     
OTTO LINK    
     
An Otto Link mouthpiece allows you to create your own, various sounds. You can go from bright to warm, with edge or mellow. But you have to make an effort to maintain that sound, especially when you play large tip openings. You also have to deal with the reed problems, it's hard to find a good working reed.Often it's not the reed that causes trouble but the combination with the mouthpiece. A reed that doesn't perform on your big tipopening Otto Link might function quite well on another mouthpiece. For a nice and reliable history of Otto Links visit the site of mouthpiece Guru THEO WANNE.
 
     
OTTO LINK "SUPER" TONE MASTER U.S.A. 10*  
   
Right from the start of my musical career I have blown a metal Otto Link. At first a size 9* and very soon a 10*. This is about the largest playable opening. There are (rare) bigger openings: Hans Dulfer (who put me on track of Otto Links) has a size 14 in his collection! The current Otto Links are fine mouthpieces, though the quality varies enormously. The picture is of my first Otto Link 10* a "Super" Tone Master U.S.A. I still have it.
 
     
OTTO LINK "SUPER" TONE MASTER U.S.A. FLORIDA STAMPED 10*, BUT MEASURED 0.137" SO IN FACT AN 11
 
 
Fantastic piece. My favourite so far. Very big sound and also sounding good on the high notes. Harder to play than a Florida No USA or a current Otto Link. But beautiful! The deepness of sound can be heard on my ballad album MOODPRINTS.
     
     
OTTO LINK "SUPER" TONE MASTER NO U.S.A. 10* FLORIDA 0.130"    
   
My latest treasure, an Otto Link No USA Florida. Very powerful and dark. The baffle seems to be in the middle of an Early Babbitt baffle and a Double Ring baffle: short, high and rounded.
   
     
     
     
     
DRAKE  



 

Click beneath and listen to Polka Dots and Moonbeams played on the Drake in combination with my Selmer Mark 6:


 
DRAKE NEW YORK JAZZ M 0.120  
 
Remarkable piece! Deep 'wooden' tone and fantastic projection. Somewhat like an Otto Link Florida, but easier to play. Drake mouthpieces are a revelation in the saxophone world. The ultimate combination of a great tone and playability! Drake doesn't make them anymore. Why on earth did I sell this piece?! See the DRAKE website
     
     
     
DRAKE SIGNATURE STUDIO TENOR VRSST 9    
   
I believe every tenor saxophonist should have this piece in his sax case. If not as a main piece, it would be a a great backup. This plastic high baffled mouthpiece playes effortlessly, very loud and also allows you to produce a good tone. See DRAKE WEBSITE.
     
     
     
     
     
GUY HAWKINS 10**  
   
Very special metal moutpiece, made by JJ Babbitt. Soundwise close to an Otto Link, but brighter, easier blowing and louder. Smaller chamber and no cut side walls. Great piece. See JJ BABBITT WEBSITE  
     
     
     
     
     
GOTTSU BAMBOO CARBON-IN TENOR 10
 
 
Unique mouthpiece from Japan. Made of bamboo in combination with synthetic resin and carbon. Beautiful sound, incomparable with any other mouthpiece. A joy to play. Unfortunately Gottsu stopped producing these great bamboo mouthpieces! See GOTTSU WEBSITE
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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