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Author Buffet Alto Sax
Hugh McNeill
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Posted on 06-06-2010 21:07
I have a Buffet (Paris) Alto Sax.

This cane supplied with a 'Kane' (German) mouthpiece. Tone is beautiful. Problem is, you have to 'blow' quite hard to get a sound - it's not 'effortless'.

I've tried other mouthpieces, including Yamaha, but the Sax sounds 'off key' for part of the range with all of them. No particular part, different notes with different mouthpieces.

Only the 'Kane' produces the perfect tone - BUT, you have to huff and puff a lot! smiley

Does anyone else know this Sax/Mouthpiece, and/or this problem? What is the solution? smiley
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Author RE: Buffet Alto Sax
Wing Chung Liu
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Posted on 06-06-2010 21:59

I've tried other mouthpieces, including Yamaha, but the Sax sounds 'off key' for part of the range with all of them. No particular part, different notes with different mouthpieces.


Are you sure? Maybe there is a leak somewhere? Or ... could be even improper set up. Or a bad reed! By the way, what model is it? Is it with that F# key? Heard it can be a serious problem for intonation.

Edited by Wing Chung Liu on 06-06-2010 21:59
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Author RE: Buffet Alto Sax
Hugh McNeill
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Posted on 08-06-2010 21:39
You#ve got me there - can't figure out the model! I'll check it out and reply later.

No leaks, as it's brand new.

I think this might just be a case of making a trip down to the music shop and trying out every mouthpiece in stock ...
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Wing Chung Liu
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Posted on 08-06-2010 22:39
i'll just be straight with you, does the serial number behind the sax have a R.O.C behind it? if it is, it's a china made horn by buffet (shame, but yes) and it's rumoured to have PLENTY of intonation problems. good luck smiley
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Hugh McNeill
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Posted on 11-06-2010 19:12
No 'ROC', serial number is 'BC' followed by four numbers.
Model is 'Series 400, antique matte finish'.
I'll just mess about with different mouthpieces until I get it right.
Thank you for your help.
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Allan Wong
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Posted on 27-06-2010 19:26
Yo Bro, by the way what kind of sound is fravourable to you?? Bright.Gutsy, Centre,Dark,Mellow,Body...etc??smiley
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Jean-Philippe Cote
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Posted on 30-06-2010 04:47
Have you tried playing with a softer read? On most of my mouthpieces I'm playing with 3 1/2 but I got an Oleg mouthpiece and I had to get 3.
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Hugh McNeill
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Posted on 02-07-2010 13:00
Thanks for replies.
I prefer Mellow, long notes.
Will try softer Reed - oddly enough, I prefer the Jazz Reeds!
What details do you have on the Oleg mouthpiece? What sort of sound does it give you?
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Jean-Philippe Cote
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Posted on 02-07-2010 21:48
I am playing with different mouthpieces. My favorite one is a Lebayle made of wood. I like the warm and rich sound of it. But when I play in a horn section on a cruise ship doing different style of music, I need something that gives me more volume. That's why I bought the Oleg. The sound of it is very versatile. It's a very easy blowing mouthpiece but they are just doing one opening which is the equivalent of a 7 or 7 1/2. When I use a Rico Select Jazz 3 soft on it, I can play unison with a soft flute or a loud trumpet.

The Oleg is not my favorite jazz mouthpiece but is the one I use now for the job I'm doing at the moment. It is the most versatile mouthpiece I know.
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Allan Wong
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Posted on 03-07-2010 04:13
Currently I am playing a Beechler Custom Mouthpiece, and I am getting a ARB Custom. The Beechler Mouthpiece I played have a bit of volume and when you need a soft touch ,it will goes a long with you.You need a bit of time to get use of it. It has a sweet and moderate brightness smooth sound depends on your setup.The ARB Custom which i will be getting ,gives a edgy ,gutsy and brighter sound compares to Beechler Custom.Sound like Sanborn kind of Mouthpiece.smiley
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Lynn Myers
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Posted on 05-07-2010 18:12

Hi, I have an old Buffet Evette alto also. s/n looks like 46067 gold with silver keys, i used an old Selmer C ** with it, then went on to a Burg Larson metel 100/2, no hight F#, i loved it, i still have it but it needs a proper overhall now. It is 36 years old and just keep it becaue it was my first sax smiley
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Author RE: about 'kane' mouthpiece
Luke Griggs
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Posted on 06-07-2010 19:39
Hugh McNeill wrote:
well if you have to huff and puff alot ithey work best and you suggest you get a new reed preferbly 1 1/2
they work best and you dont have to blow hard either ... but they break easily so take care
luke :-)
I have a Buffet (Paris) Alto Sax.

This cane supplied with a 'Kane' (German) mouthpiece. Tone is beautiful. Problem is, you have to 'blow' quite hard to get a sound - it's not 'effortless'.

I've tried other mouthpieces, including Yamaha, but the Sax sounds 'off key' for part of the range with all of them. No particular part, different notes with different mouthpieces.

Only the 'Kane' produces the perfect tone - BUT, you have to huff and puff a lot! smiley

Does anyone else know this Sax/Mouthpiece, and/or this problem? What is the solution? smiley
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