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A few things I do not like about community bands

How I met Eddie Harris

The image is of my friend Eddie Harris a person I really admired.. don’t think he was ever in a community band…

A few things I do not like about community bands

One of the things that I do not like the most is that the loyal players that come to the rehearsals, practice their parts and do their best… do not get paid!  In many bands, they are asked to pay for the privilege of being in the band.
Yet when it comes time for the concerts the band pays ringers to play with the band…. No Oboe… pay someone to play, no vibes player … pay someone…

This really sucks!  It should be the conductors job (who by the way always gets paid) to choose music the band can play…. I made the mistake of playing the oboe parts on C clarinet in rehearsals and of course at the concert…. There was a real oboe player getting paid… again this really sucks!  Hell, they should be paying me and I can sight read the concerts!

 

The other thing I do not like is the band paying outside people to be featured with the bands… If I wanted to accompany people I can get paid to do that.  The concert band is a band and should be used and treated as a band…. Play band music… feature the band… the people that make the rehearsals and pay to keep the band going….

Recap: Do not pay ringers, do not pay featured players… use the area players that want to play, use the area talented students….

This is why I do not play in any of the area bands any longer…

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King Saxophone Pivot Screw design

King Saxophone Pivot Screw design
The King Pivot Screw was a very interesting design… it was a long screw with a nut on the end.  What this allowed was to be able to take the list motion out of a pivot screw key an lock the washer against the post so it would not move.

Other pivot crews can work their way out creating lost motion in the key… this King Pivot crew was much more likely to stay in place.

Here you can see the screw as it is normally in the key and post.

King Saxophone Pivot Screw design

King Saxophone Pivot Screw design

This photo show that the nut can be moved almost to the end of the pivot screw to remove the lost motion.  It would never be screwed down this far but this is just to show the the great range of the screw and nut working together.

King Saxophone Pivot Screw design

King Saxophone Pivot Screw design

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New Saxophone Neck coming soon

New Saxophone Neck coming soon
I have a new Patented Saxophone neck coming out soon.
New Saxophone Neck coming soon
It has a great feature that make it adjustable even when playing.
New Saxophone Neck coming soon
I think players will like how great it plays and the many different sounds and response features.

I think this is one of my greatest achievements in neck designs.  As many of you know I have had several new neck designs that have been copied by less talented designers……  but this is my bet and it has a US Patent

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Contra Bass Saxophone

 

 

 

Rick Izumi’s Contra Bass Saxophone features:

The low B-Flat, B, C-Sharp and G-Sharp Keys:  As you can see there is nothing fancy about these keys.
The G-Sharp is just a little round key. There are no rollers. no angles… just keys…  There is also no articulated G-Sharp key… very basic.

Contra Bass Low Keys

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Players are different.

I use to love it when a new client would come into the shop and before he even introduced himself I would hear “I go to the best repairman in the world in New York” my response was… “so go to him”.  Not the way to get the repairman you are talking and want to repair your saxophone on your side. They really should have kept that stuff to themselves.

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Plasticover Reeds

I was asked if Plasticover Reeds are good for beginners.

The short answer is NO!  Plasticover reeds respond differently, have a different sound and can make playing the instrument more difficult,

Now having said that I play Plasticover reeds on both clarinet and baritone saxophone.  I am likely one of the few people on the planet that play Plasticover reeds on a clarinet but I produce a respectable tone and have good control with the reeds.

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Common clarinet repair mistakes: Article No. 1

Pad Cup

Common clarinet repair mistakes: Article No. 1

One of the most common mistakes made by many repairmen is they use a pad that is too large for the 1st finger left hand key under the throat A key.  This is the tone hole that allows the open G to speak and if the pad is too large the throat G will be stuffy.  This pad should be just big enough to cover the tone hole and not hang over the pad cup.

This is likely the only key you would like the pad and pad cup to be the same size.
The J. L Smith Valentino Master Series Pad – Tan/Cork – .110” pad is great for this key.  It is smooth and there is not fish skin to start to make the note stuffy.
Pad Cup

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Tea Kettle Register Tube

Tea Kettle Register Tube

Tea Kettle register tube.

The Tea Kettle register key design as it is known was very brilliant. It raised the entire register tube to the outside of the saxophone neck allowing more air to go through the register pip (Register Tube). It also had a split register hold at the top of the pip splitting the air as it passed through and helped clear up many of the strange notes of the saxophone. On the tenor it really helped the A above the staff a generally weak note. You can do the same by putting a very small, thin piece of brass in the center of the register hole. I have seen this on both Selmer altos & tenors… Great design!