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Bass Sax Info

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When I made the decision to get a bass saxophone, I went into it with no idea how it would change my life. You don’t own a bass saxophone, it owns you! It has special needs, and you have to cater to the beastie if don’t want to have a weekly relationship with your repair tech.

If you’ve ever considered buying a bass saxophone, the information in this Bass Sax Info portion of my site will give you an idea of what you’re getting yourself into, and what I’ve learned through trial and error.

The following is an excerpt from an e-mail I received from Paul Coats regarding the personal stories I relay about my first bass sax experiences:


The stories [you tell about your personal experiences] really show what I have told people who ask, “What is the most difficult thing about playing bass sax? embouchure? blowing? getting reeds?” And I answer, “Logistics–moving it around, getting it to and from performances, storage, fitting it in a car.” They think I am being a smart-ass with them, but your story shows this to perfection…


Also included in this section, I will eventually have information on some common vintage bass sax peculiarities, and the common workarounds that players have developed over the years to combat them.

Please consider this, like many other sections of my site, a work in progress. As I develop new pages, and come across new resources, more will be added.

Vintage Bass Saxes

Modern Bass Saxes

Why I Bought A Bass

Where I Bought Mine

A Day In New Orleans

How I Got It Home


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