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I'd like to pick it up again, but I don't have a sax. Any recommendations on what I should look for? Twenty four years ago I emigrated to a country which kinda, sorta, not-really recognized my driving license. What that meant in practice was that they would exchange my home country license for theirs provided I sat a 10 minute driving test to ensure that I ...


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Let me offer some alternate perspective besides the tuning issue referred to in the other answer. They're awkward to hold. The situation when operating the valves with your left hand is worse than a bass trombone: there's about the same (or more) mass in the valve section, and there are fewer points of contact for you to support the instrument. They're ...


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Most trombonists would have started on a slide trombone. With which, like the violin family and voices, can play in any temperament, not only 12tet. This won't happen with a valve trombone, using the valves. I've played with several valve trombonists, and the main reason they used them was physical problems - bad shoulders, elbows, wrists - probably from ...


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In his answer (here) @Doktor Mayhem mentions that all of the above have variants in terms of materials, tuning, shape etc. (emphasis mine). There's an intriguing, if baffling, note about these tuning differences on Yamaha's site in the page What is the difference between the marimba and the xylophone? The marimba has soft tones, and the xylophone has hard ...


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