Compare/contrast 5 Orsi bass saxophones

It has been a long while since I’ve written anything about bass saxophones, so when I saw this Orsi bass sax on eBay a couple of days ago, it got me thinking. I sent an email to the seller to get a clarification on the horn’s range, but he informed…

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One Bass Sax Player’s Dream

I received a very interesting link yesterday from one of my readers. This fellow sent me a link to a music store in Milan called Centro Fiati e Percussioni. Google Translate says this means Wind and Percussion Centre. Listed on their homepage, the Wind and Percussion Centre notes an Orsi bass saxophone. Although I must…

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The Italian Saxophobia Project

In the central Italian province of Rome, is a town called Fiumicino. There you’ll find the Centro Studi Musicali Torre in Pietra (CSMT). According to their website—that is only in Italian BTW—the CSMT is a non-profit association which was founded in 1989, with the intent of promoting the language arts and music in its various…

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A Rare La Monte Baritone Sighting On eBay

Now while this might not be earth shattering, this Orsi-made La Monte baritone is a first for me. I had previously not seen anything other than alto and tenor Orsi-stencilled, La Monte saxophones. La Monte had a habit of ordering their saxophones from the Italian instrument manufacturer Orsi. Although we do see the occasional stencil…

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