Counterfeit Saxophones In Our Backyard

Yes, there are most definitely counterfeit saxophones in Vancouver, Canada A number of months ago I started writing a fully illustrated, updated piece on how to spot counterfeit Selmer Paris saxophones. That article got so complicated to research, that I put it aside while I was playing in a musical.…

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A Beaugnier-Made Vox Bass Saxophone

My sax buddy Pete Hales started a thread on the Woodwind Forum titled, What’s Wrong with this Bass?, in relation to a Beaugnier-made Vox bass saxophone that’s been on eBay for nearly a  month. Based on the pics and description, it’s hard to see anything much wrong with this beastie……

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R.I.P. Terry Stibal

Yesterday morning myself and the other Admin staff on the Woodwind Forum (WF) found out that we lost one of our most popular and cherished Content Experts. Terry Stibal—AKA SOTSDO in the online saxophone world—passed away from ALS a few weeks ago. We couldn’t locate an obituary for Terry, and…

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Klingenthal-era Hess Saxophones

Post-WWII era vs. Klingenthal-era Hess saxophones: is there a difference? Almost a year ago to the day I published my first article on Hess saxophones. At the time I focused on the horns that come from West Germany, after the company’s owners were driven out of their homeland in Klingenthal—a…

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What Makes A Sax A Pro Model: Revisited

A few years ago I wrote an article about this before, but due to recent events I had an opportunity to revisit the question: What makes a sax a pro model? This came about because of my opportunity to do extended play-tests on a pair of SeaWind saxophones. I currently…

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