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From: "Spencer Parks"
Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2000 13:33:57 CDT
Subject: Re: [CB] LA Sax contrabass saxophone

>Does anyone have experience with or own an LA Sax contrabass?  How is the
>quality of the horn? Does it play well? Is it responsive/in tune/capable of
>a full dynamic range from pp to ff?
>How does it compare to the old Evette/Buffet horns?
>I'd be interested in any opinions- I'm considering purchasing one, and I'm
>wondering if it has real potential as a quality instrument, or if it's
>basically a expensive toy.

I can't believe I actually have a response to this.  I got the play in March
of '98 at Northwestern in Evanston, IL.
The first thing that I think of when I remember playing it was that the low
Eb (or E) was a little hard to come out.  I remember on the bari I played on
in high school it was the same way with the middle A.  It would just take
some practice to get used to it and get the note out.  They changed the
shape a little from the originals.  They said they were going for a more
contemperary sound, which I didn't really go for.

Personally, if money wasn't an issue, I would get one of the old ones, not
the LA Sax one.

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