Dr. Paul Cohen & His Saxophones

This morning I happened across a fantastic little gem on YouTube. In this video four saxophonists from the United States Army Field Band are given a tour of some of the more unique saxophones that Dr. Paul Cohen has in his collection of his approximately 150 horns.

Dr. Cohen and the other saxophonists demonstrate quite a few rare, and in most cases vintage, saxophones in this 11 minute video. Included in this demonstration are: the Conn-O-Sax; a Reiffel & Husted slide saxophone; one of the remaining, original 12 contrabass saxes; a Tubax; the only curved King sopranino ever made; a King slide saxophone (I had never seen or even heard of this before), and one—of only two ever built by the company—Selmer keyless saxophones. Enjoy…

Dr. Paul Cohen, saxophonist, saxophone historian, musician, saxophone instructor

Source: totheforepublishers.com

For those of you not in the know, Dr. Paul Cohen is one of America’s premier classical saxophonists, and a world-renowned saxophone historian. I have the utmost respect for him, and consult with him on occasion when it comes to some of the rarer members of the saxophone family and their cousins.

Dr. Cohen is currently a faculty member at the: Manhattan School of Music, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New York University, Columbia University and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. In short, Dr. Paul Cohen is Dr. Saxophone.

He has studied with the world’s greatest; performed on some of most prestigious stages; and passes his knowledge of the instrument on through his work on as a saxophone professor and author. There are very few performers in the world who have his résumé.

If you are interested in finding out more about Dr. Paul Cohen, check out his website.

…this is just my blog. My “real” website is www.bassic-sax.info. If you’re looking for sax info, you should check it out too.There’s lots there!

Chimp With Sax

I’m still recovering from my surgery—the road is a bit rockier than I had imagined—so I have very little energy to do anything other than spend a few minutes on facebook each day, and maybe catch up on the news via the ‘Net. Other than that I’m spending a big chunk of my day sleeping with the TV on. This morning however, I decided to try and slowly get into what has become my normal routine and do some searching for what’s new or interesting in the world of saxophones.

Chimp with sax: the sax is so easy to play even a chimp can do it.

This morning I found a photo that embodies the comments that people have made over the years about the saxophone’s ease of play. This photo also harkens back to those old vintage ads by Buescher and Conn that told the populace that learning to play the sax was easy.

Chimp with Sax

Chimp with Sax,graffiti, garage door, urban art, Spain

Photography by: William Avery Hudson  Source: Flickr

Hudson took this photo in Spain. Of course there is no word on what the artist meant with painting this garage door. Did the he/she mean to dis saxophone players? Is it as simple as that? Or was the meaning of this painting more complex?

Perhaps AMB plays sax him/herself and also has a pet chimp, and therefore just combined two of his/her favourite subject matters…

Oh, I got it, perhaps AMB is a fan of Planet of the Apes, and envisions an extra scene in which Cornelius played the saxophone for Zira during a romantic interlude. They did have a baby after all… :twisted:

Whatever the artist’s inspiration, Chimp with Sax is an example of urban art that puts our instrument front and centre in the subject matter. One remaining question I have is: Why is the the chimp wearing a Tilley hat? Talk about a fashion faux pas.  :duh:

…this is just my blog. My “real” website is www.bassic-sax.info. If you’re looking for sax info, you should check it out too.There’s lots there!

Telescopic Floor Peg For Buescher True Tone Bass Saxophones

For years I have thought about getting my tech to make a floor peg for my bass saxophone. Then this morning I happened across something very interesting on eBay: this telescopic floor peg for Buescher True Tone bass saxophones, which is hand-made by someone in Italy.

telescopic floor peg for Buescher True Tone bass saxophones, bass sax,

Source: giorgiojazz on eBay.it

This concept is by no means new. Quite a few new bass, and even baritone saxophones come with floor pegs. There are threads on SOTW dedicated to players discussing making their own for their baritone saxophones (1 & 2).

However, none of the floor pegs that I have come across in my research of the topic thus far are quite like this one from Italy. The fellow who made it specifically created his as a telescopic floor peg for Buescher True Tone bass saxophones.

This is how the fellow who made this accessory, and is selling it, describes it:

I sell, just behind your order, REALIZED PROFESSIONALLY (MY DESIGN), AN SPECIAL TELESCOPIC END PIN, EXCLUSIVE FOR BUESCHER SAXOPHONE,

THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD, DESIGNED FOR BUESCHER BASS SAXOPHONE !!!

THE END PIN, APPLY, INTO CONTACT (NO WELDING OR MODIFICATION IN SAXOPHONE!) AND DESIGNED TO NOT INTERFERE WITH THE BELL SONORITY.
The TELESCOPIC END PIN, allows adjustable extension, both to store the sax on his stand, both for storage into the case,

without removing it every time, both to play seated, both for playing while standing !!!!!!!!

It is possible also achieve the PIN END, tailored for other brands of bass saxophone (eg for CONN BASS SAXOPHONE)

with the same principle that is to say, into contact without welding.
Naturally in this case it will be necessary precise measurements of the engagement point connected by welding,

which is in relief between the bell and the curve.

Also you have to wait as long as necessary for the realization that it could also be quite long, due to work, previously booked at your order of the END PIN.

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WARNING:

NATURALLY SAXOPHONE SHOWN IN THE PHOTOS AND THE END PIN ALSO, ARE NOT FOR SALE

BUT THEY ARE ONLY, FOR EXAMPLE, TO SHOW THE APPLICATION OF THE END PIN, ON THE BASS SAX, ONCE IT WILL BE ‘MADE.
DOUBLE WARNING!

Since the PIN END FOR BASS, is handcrafted, by a professional work and tailored,

if your bid is not for the END PIN SPECIALLY DESIGNED for Saxophone Buescher True Tone,

please before you make your bid on this auction, to ask whether it is possible to realize it, for the brand of the bass sax that you possess.

Available upon request photos of the details of the prototype.

The designer of this telescopic floor peg for Buescher True Tone bass saxophones, makes some interesting claims about his product. He addresses some of the main concerns that I have always had about adding a peg to my Buescher bass:

  • It doesn’t interfere with the instrument’s sonority.
  • It allows for the instrument to be played both seated and standing.
  • It doesn’t need to be removed when the instrument is stored in its case or stood up in its stand.
  • The added bonus is that it appears to attach without the need for welding.

Obviously based on his description, the telescopic floor peg for Buescher True Tone bass saxophones is custom-made upon ordering. Since the designer says he is willing to send more photos of the prototype upon request, I’m going to ask him to send me some. If you does, I will post them here when they arrive.

In the meantime, if you have Buescher bass and have been looking for a floor peg for it, then this might just be what you were looking for. What does it cost? The seller is asking €580.00, which xe.com currently estimates to be $647.00 US.

The auction for this telescopic floor peg for Buescher True Tone bass saxophones is scheduled to run until July 20.

…this is just my blog. My “real” website is www.bassic-sax.info. If you’re looking for sax info, you should check it out too.There’s lots there!