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GS RESO C Melody Saxophone Mouthpiece – Best Ever!$ 199
GS RESO C MELODY: The best C Melody Mouthpiece Ever
If you read around on GetASax, you’ll see that I like to avoid superlatives unless they are really deserved. Not every saxophone is a monster, or a beast or exceptional. That way, when something really is great, I can say so, and maybe you’ll believe me:-) So I mean it when I say this is the best C melody mouthpiece ever. It’s just great. If you want to play C melody with any kind of frequency, it’s worth getting one, because it makes it so much more fun. This is basically a vintage Otto Link RESO Chamber tenor mouthpiece that has been carefully modified to tune correctly on C melody saxophones. It uses a tenor reed, which warms up the tone of the C melody and makes the most sense to me, since C is only a step above Bb tenor. See long desceription below for all the details and check the GetASax Youtube Channel for lots of videos.
- All GS Mouthpieces are completely hand faced (table also flattened) and the facing checked at 10 points plus the tip. I only sell ones that have a correct facing, so there are no ‘bad ones,’ once you find the right tip opening for you.
- I haven’t played another C Melody mouthpiece that was nearly as good as this. It makes the C Melody lose most of its nasal character and warm up and open up like a tenor.
- It’s so good that it literally puts the C melody saxophone back into play as a usable modern instrument. That’s no overstatement.
- The GS RESO C Melody uses tenor reeds and requires a tenor size neck cork.
- The GS RESO C Melody mouthpiece is an extremely precise copy of my original facing Otto Link Reso Chamber tenor mouthpiece, which has been digitally ‘opened up’ (wider tip opening, baffle moved and slightly modified) to each appropriate Otto Link tip opening. They get slightly brighter at larger tips, just like a Link, and the mouthpiece gets shorter a little (also just like a Link being faced on a machine at the factory).
- The C Melody version has had the chamber volume reduced so that it tunes perfectly on C melody. That’s not to say that it is then perfectly easy to play a vintage C melody sax in perfect tune! That requires a lot of practice, but the mouthpiece will set you up for success.
- The facings are either Link facings I copied from favorite mouthpieces in my collection, or facings I think are better than whatever my favorite Link facing is. You won’t pick a bad facing. The 5 is very free blowing and takes air surprisingly well. It would be hard to beat if you want a top quality smaller tip C Melody mouthpiece.
3 years in, I can say that people have been REALLY happy with their GS RESO C melody mouthpieces. I have hundreds of enthusiastic emails from buyers who agree. It’s a fantastic mouthpiece at any price, and under $200 hand faced, it’s pretty hard to beat.
Update: Due to strong demand, I’m about a week behind on hand facing these mouthpieces for sale. However, regardless of which shipping option you pick, I’ll upgrade you to faster shipping if I can. So even though it’ll take me a week to make your mouthpiece, you’ll still receive it surprisingly quickly.
Ishimori Wood Stone New Vintage Alto Saxophone WSA-AF with High F# Antique Finish NEW$ 4,300
One avalable now and it has had the GetASax new horn checkup after shipping here from Ishimori, and is ready to ship right out!!
This is the highly sought-after Ishimori Wood Stone ‘New Vintage’ alto saxophone available. The model is WSA-AF with high F#. Finish is bare brass with a stable patina applied, and beautiful hand engraving, the among the most elaborate of any modern saxophone. Really beautiful!
This is an effortless player. Hard to emphasize how effortless. Completely effortless low register, low Bb pops out like any other note. Altissimo is easy. Tuning is great. The tone is sort of Selmer-ish but punchier like a King Super 20. But it’s not either of those. It’s its own thing – the New Vintage alto. Easy to play delicately and softly with plenty of saturation and projection. Action is low, fast, and snappy. Great for jazz, concert, ballads– really anything. I’m impressed! Here’s our first demo video:
Ishimori Wood Stone New Vintage Tenor Saxophone WST-VL with F# Dark Lacquer NEW$ 4,450
Available now! These are hard to keep in stock, but I’m going to try my best to order them in advance to keep one around.
See below for some sound samples and an unboxing video.
This is a highly-desirable Ishimori Wood Stone New Vintage tenor saxophone. This one is in beautiful Dark Lacquer (Vintage Lacquer, they call it, or VL for short).
Ishimori New Vintage tenors play so effortlessly, they sell themselves. Every time one comes in the shop, it sells almost immediately. I have one in stock coming next week. Get it now!
See below for some sound samples on a range of mouthpieces, and an unboxing video.
Ishimori Woodstone NEW Tenor Saxophone Dark Lacquer no F#$ 4,700
One available now!
Beautiful brand new Ishimori WoodStone Tenor Saxophone. This thing plays effortlessly, and feels very fast and light under the fingers. Tunes well, keywork close together, so even comfortable for teenagers to play. Beautiful attention to detail both in cosmetics and in setup. These are hard to find, as supplies are very limited. Ishimori is not willing to compromise on setup quality, so they can only put together a limited number in their shop. These horns have good resale value also, as they are always in demand.
NOVA Woodwinds Bronze Low A Baritone Saxophone Brand New Great Deal
Introducing the new NOVA Woodwinds line of instruments. The NOVA Woodwinds line meets a need in the marketplace for a lower-priced Low A Baritone saxophone that is still good quality. People have been asking me for years if I can recommend anything in the sub-$3500 price range for a low A baritone. I have had to scrounge for deals on used Yamaha or Yanagisawa baritones, but if the used baritones need a repad or other repairs, then you’re immediately back in the $4k price range, so it really is hard to get anything decent, let alone new under $2500. That’s where the NOVA baritone shines. For only $2450, you get a NOVA baritone (NOVA means ‘new’ in Latin) that is brand new and plays quite well, and that holds up well over time by all accounts.
If you are shopping for a baritone saxophone, whether for a school band program, for doubling and taking extra gigs on bari, or just for playing some sick funk lines with your Tower of Power cover band, this horn is worth a look. I have friends who have used this bari in their band programs for years, and it holds up to punishment by middle and high school students quite well. That’s saying a lot!
Much of the reason it holds up well is that I am spending $400-500 per horn on an extensive amount of setup work. It’s almost an overhaul, because it’s fully disassembled, cleaned, oiled, gets all new corks, which is time-consuming, gets rods straightened, many pads reseated or replaced, the LH pinky table rebuilt, the neck tenon ‘fit’ to the receiver, regulation between keys fixed, and actually several other small things improved. At that point, its a completely different instrument from how it arrives. And it actually plays down to low A well and should continue to do so for a long time with only occasional upkeep needed. As such, it’s a solid school bari, doubler’s bari, or just a fun horn to play around on.
You could set it up and sell it doing MUCH less work – $50 to get pads sealing and send it out the door, but that would not be the way to build a good reputation for your brand, or to take good care of your customers, over even the short term. I want the NOVA line to stand out as the most reliable baritone saxophone you can get new under $2500. Unfortunately, after I buy the horn, pay for international shipping and spend $450 per horn on repair, there’s very little profit to be made on these. Thankfully, this is not a large part of the overall business here at GetASax.
Once it’s properly ‘mini-overhauled’, the tone is big, loud, and medium between bright and dark. It tunes well with a variety of mouthpieces. The keywork is pretty comfortable, and works fine for anyone from middle school up through adult. The stacks are actually in line, not offset, meaning the tone holes are all in one long row. That changes the feel of the right hand, as you rotate around farther than you otherwise would on a modern horn. This is NOT a Yanagisawa copy. From neck to bell to keywork, it’s really not similar to a B901. The case is usable, with a hard foam contoured interior, sturdy zipper, decent amount of storage, and wheels that are usable on a smooth surface. The mouthpiece it comes with isn’t great, so see below about cheap but good mouthpieces.
It comes in this version, which is bronze, and then in the brass version also. The bronze is a slightly darker tone, and gives you the two tone look, where the all brass like this just looks like a typical new saxophone. You won’t go wrong with either one. Both of them include the pictured hard case which has wheels, as well as the other accessories in the photos. I would recommend a Rico Metallite for funk/rock, a Yamaha 5C or Rousseau for an inexpensive beginner baritone mouthpiece for concert band, or there are lots of other options getting listed in the baritone mouthpieces section of the site.
These low A baritone saxophones tend to sell quickly, so please let me know if you are wanting to order more than one, so that I can be sure to order them far enough in advance to fill your order quickly.
Yanagisawa AWO10 Elite Professional Alto Saxophone Brand New Fantastic Deal! A991$ 4,250
Mint, unplayed, new in the plastic Yanagisawa AWO10 Alto saxophone. It’s also a fantastic deal. The AWO10 (formerly called A991) is Yanagisawa’s top of the line saxophone, made of solid brass, like most saxophones (as distinguished from their bronze and silver options that are significantly more expensive.) This AWO10 just got checked out post shipping and is ready to play its very best right out of the case when you get it. It’s completely mint, with factory box and paperwork etc. You won’t find a better playing Yanagisawa AWO10, nor will you find a better price. I have an extremely limited number of these that I can offer you at this sale price. Good luck to the few people who are able to jump on this amazing deal!
If you’re wondering, the AWO10 is the brass version of Yanagisawa’s top line professional alto. This is the new name of what used to be the A991 model. It has sturdier ‘ribbed construction’ and double arms on the bell keys, to distinguish it from its extremely similar but less expensive sibling, the AWO1 (A901). The Yanagisawa AWO10 also has the underslung neck octave key mechanism and fancy hand engraving. I love how the neck octave key looks and works. My first good alto was a Yanagisawa, and I never would have needed to upgrade from it. The tone is medium bright, clear, and round, with a crisp projection to it. With a classical mouthpiece, it darkens up beautifully while still shimmering. For jazz, it’s a natural lead alto with a brighter mouthpiece, like the GS New York or many others. The intonation is excellent. Keywork is super comfortable. The build quality that Yanagisawa offers is the best of any saxophone, and yet the price is lower than many of its competitors. That’s why Yanagisawa is SO popular among pro sax players, and why its saxophones are often back ordered with long waits. Here’s your chance to grab one at a SUPER price that is all setup and ready to go for many years making beautiful music dependably. It’s the Lexus of modern saxophones, and it just makes playing effortless.
Any questions, feel free to ask!
Yanagisawa AWO2 Solid Bronze Alto Saxophone Brand New + Setup! A902$ 4,000
Brand new, unplayed, in the plastic Yanagisawa AWO2 Alto saxophone. This is probably the best deal overall in a modern alto period. This horn just got checked out post shipping and is ready to play its very best right out of the case when you get it. It’s completely mint, with factory box and paperwork etc. You won’t find a better playing Yanagisawa AWO2, nor will you find a better price. I have an extremely limited number of these that I can offer you at this sale price. Good luck to the few people who are able to jump on this amazing deal!
If you’re wondering, the WO2 is the bronze version of Yanagisawa’s professional alto. This is the new name of what used to be the A902 model. It has a more open and vibrating feel than the heavier-built AWO20 (which is also a fantastic alto, but more expensive). My first good alto was one of these. And the solid bronze adds more depth and complexity to the tone – kind of a thick heart to the core of the tone. It’s quite easy to hear once you get used to it and play the different Yanagisawa saxophones. The AWO2 (A902) and AWO20 (A992) are my favorites, closely followed by AWO1 (A901) and AWO10 (A991) (same horns but in brass instead of bronze).
Any questions, feel free to ask!