Author Topic: Readers' Instruments  (Read 54876 times)

Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #225 on: June 30, 2018, 12:29:59 pm »
My youngster alto sax (Yamaha YAS 280) and its new companion, a grown-up tenor (Yamaha YTS 32), made between 1980 and 1991.

https://flic.kr/p/HhkAQh

I've hankered after a tenor to go with my alto, and have idly browsed eBay for a while, seeing an awful lot of battered and bent dross, and then this popped up.  There's no way I'd buy a used sax without consulting my music teacher and my servicing technician - but both said it was worth a look.  Particularly since it was only about 10 miles away.  Would normally go for the student level but this one is the intermediate.

Had a look last Saturday night with teach, and she pronounced it gorgeous, and managed to win the auction for about £90 over my advisers' guide price, and £300 less than the cost of a new student model.  It's immaculate.  Been played but not a mark on it and it came with a hard case, 3 mouthpieces, some reeds (which are old and will go in the bin), some music and a sax stand.


Gave my new (to me) tenor sax to my music teacher (and technician) for her to give it the once over. a few weeks ago.  Took her a while but I got it back this week - she pronounced it immaculate. Bought some new Van Doren reeds, which arrived this morning.  I've been having a go this week with a very old VD reed that came with the sax, and had mixed results.  But the new reeds are much better. I managed to get to be squeak-free after about 10 minutes, and was soon playing my alto sax practice and exam pieces.

Very different instrument to play, even though the keywork is all the same as the alto.  But I love it, and I think it'll become my main instrument, over the alto.


PaulF

  • "World's Scariest Barman"
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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #226 on: July 13, 2018, 09:40:34 am »
I built Judas somewhere to live ;D


Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #227 on: July 13, 2018, 09:59:20 am »
PaulF:   Shagadelic!

T42

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #228 on: July 13, 2018, 10:05:53 am »
:thumbsup: Needs a built-in cocktail bar.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #229 on: July 13, 2018, 10:22:24 am »


I reckon Keef would dig that  :P

I've just been reviewing my latest guitar build (which I should have finished ages ago!) and I'm thinking I need to stump up for a half decent band saw. I've made life ridiculously difficult for myself with my laminate through neck design. Running before walking and all that....
Those wonderful norks are never far from my thoughts, oh yeah!

T42

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #230 on: July 13, 2018, 01:05:02 pm »
I've just been reviewing my latest guitar build (which I should have finished ages ago!) and I'm thinking I need to stump up for a half decent band saw. I've made life ridiculously difficult for myself with my laminate through neck design. Running before walking and all that....

That's my wail too.  I had an E. German cheapo for >20 years and it was wonderful, but then it died. My current Metabo is shit. Apart from the fact that it won't cut true no matter what the blade tension, the blade guard is so constructed that you can't see the blade with both eyes at once when you're cutting, and the wee LED light throws it into shadow.

I could do with a table saw, too.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

road-runner

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #231 on: July 13, 2018, 10:39:30 pm »


These two white tom toms are far from new but as I have shut my studio they are not in use at the moment. At church I usually play on an electronic kit but I prefer the sounds and dynamics I can get from acoustic drums so I decided to swap out the electronic toms in favour of the acoustic toms. The next step will be to convert my 16" floor tom into a bass drum.

PS. That's a nice cigar box guitar, T42; and what a plush case you have made, PaulF!

T42

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #232 on: July 14, 2018, 07:56:58 am »
Thanks!  I screwed up with the neck break angle, though - as in there isn't any - so I've added a nut extension and now I try to play slide. Sounds like an old steam turntable with a dickey drive-belt.  But hey, the neighbours' kids drench the neighbourhood in [c]rap so I figure that adding a wail like a seasick cow improves things.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #233 on: July 19, 2018, 08:07:04 pm »
Good luck!

Got the results today - distinction: 133/150.  Stop sniggering at the back - you haven't spent the last 40 years travelling all over the UK and half the globe, away for weeks at a time, and dealing with tricky Furriner clients in languages you don't speak.  Now I need to get my Tenor up to speed and on to the next exam - Grade 3 I'm told!

Had an ice cream and a couple of beers to celebrate.

nicknack

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #234 on: July 19, 2018, 08:18:00 pm »
Congratulations!
Same score as I got for grade 8 35 years ago.
There's no vibrations, but wait.

Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #235 on: July 19, 2018, 08:27:53 pm »
Congratulations!
Same score as I got for grade 8 35 years ago.

Thx - can't see me taking grade 8 aged 99 somehow!

Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #236 on: July 20, 2018, 08:12:40 am »
Well done, Andy. Take it easy: rushed progress will be short lived and provide plenty of frustrating moments. I guess progress is music is a bit like the hare and the tortoise story.

Thx RR.  I was totally exhausted for a couple of days after the exam, presumably the after effect of several months of concentration,  trying to learn a lot of new skills all at once - plus Grade 3 Theory, and the exam being way out of my comfort zone.  Got my mojo back now, but have moved over mostly to the tenor sax to bring that up to my alto standard (which I still play every day), but it's a new learning curve as the embouchure and blowing is different.  Fortunately, the keys are in the same relative places, but a bit further apart.  Progress frustratingly slow, and two steps forward, one back, but my teacher is excellent - loads of patience and I completely let her set the pace and direction. She only puts pupils into exams when she knows they'll get a strong pass. 

Becoming 'legitimate' (in that I've passed a music exam - beyond my wildest imagination a few years ago)  has given me some confidence that I can do this, given enough time and diligence, and it's only anno domini and my natural limit of ability that will curtail how far I get.

And I really enjoy playing the sax.

PaulF

  • "World's Scariest Barman"
  • It's only impossible if you stop to think about it
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #237 on: July 20, 2018, 08:15:41 am »
Good luck!

Got the results today - distinction: 133/150.  Stop sniggering at the back - you haven't spent the last 40 years travelling all over the UK and half the globe, away for weeks at a time, and dealing with tricky Furriner clients in languages you don't speak.  Now I need to get my Tenor up to speed and on to the next exam - Grade 3 I'm told!

Had an ice cream and a couple of beers to celebrate.

Congratulations!


Understand how you feel about switching between tenor and alto. I have the same issue switching between mandolin with a 14" scale and the octave with a 20" scale.

T42

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #238 on: July 20, 2018, 08:40:58 am »
:thumbsup: Well done!
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Woofage

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #239 on: July 20, 2018, 04:14:27 pm »
Congratulations!
Same score as I got for grade 8 35 years ago.

& a lot more than I got for my Grade 8 Violin 34 years ago :(.

#1 son has been looking at baris on eBay :o. He volunteers gets roped in to play bari sometimes at school (including in the recent school production) as a) the fingering is the same as alto, apparently and b) at 6'3"" he's big enough.

I think he's been somewhat inspired by this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krLYZmPRtnc
Pen Pusher

Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #240 on: July 20, 2018, 05:47:37 pm »
#1 son has been looking at baris on eBay :o. He volunteers gets roped in to play bari sometimes at school (including in the recent school production) as a) the fingering is the same as alto, apparently and b) at 6'3"" he's big enough.

He'd need to be a big lad.  I was surprised at just how much heavier the tenor is than the alto.  Daren't think about the weight of the baritone. I had a 3 level disc decompression and fusion in my neck a few years ago - before I started playing the sax - and I have to use a braces style of neck strap to keep the weight off my neck.  They fasten to my trousers belt.  I suggest he looks at the same otherwise he'll hurt his neck!

nicknack

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #241 on: July 21, 2018, 09:56:45 am »
He'd need to be a big lad.
Not necessarily.
Here's a really big person showing what you can do with a baritone.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ilm1ZB3dexI
There's no vibrations, but wait.

nicknack

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #242 on: July 21, 2018, 10:02:13 am »
Actually, when I come to think of it, most of the baritone players I have known over the years have been small women.

I'm lucky in that I've never suffered from neck problems when playing baritone. Lower back yes, neck no. There isn't a harness around that can take the pressure off your lower back. If it's a big problem then a stand is the only way to go.
There's no vibrations, but wait.

T42

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #243 on: September 17, 2018, 10:54:36 am »
Cigar-box guitar I built for daughter's partner.  My second build and first fretting job. I missed a day due to illness during the week and had to go flat out from Thursday on, but it worked. The boy (age 37) loves it - he played for >2 hours, but dear Lord I hate the stuff he plays.



Pentatonic blues scale w. 2nd fret & flat 5th ==> versatile, easy to play and only half the frets to bugger up.  Bridge is skew here, he probably knocked it going for the volume knob.

I put a gallery of most of the build on here.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

PaulF

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  • It's only impossible if you stop to think about it
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #244 on: September 17, 2018, 11:09:40 am »
Great, the revised bridge position will definitely affect the intonation ;D Could that be why you don't like the sound of his playing :)

What pickup did you use?

PaulF

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #245 on: September 17, 2018, 11:11:54 am »
Not quite an instrument but in the spirit of home built and related:



The gap is now occupied by a tremolo pedal

T42

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #246 on: September 17, 2018, 11:25:36 am »
Great, the revised bridge position will definitely affect the intonation ;D Could that be why you don't like the sound of his playing :)

What pickup did you use?

An el cheapo piezo under inside the box under the bridge.  Works pretty well.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

T42

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #247 on: September 21, 2018, 03:32:40 pm »
Introducing The Pingfuckit Resonator (prototype)



Piezo under the sink-trap: instant oil-drum.

Built into soundhole:



Going to hook it up with under-bridge piezo via a Gibson 3-way switch.  Needs more elegant screws, but this guitar is a test-bed so I'm not too fussy.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

PaulF

  • "World's Scariest Barman"
  • It's only impossible if you stop to think about it
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #248 on: September 21, 2018, 04:23:58 pm »
You sir are totally barking ;D

I salute you!

T42

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #249 on: September 21, 2018, 04:52:25 pm »
Woof!

CB guitars are lots of fun.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.