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Pay Later by CE Winds

PAY LATER by CE Winds

Introducing Pay Later by CE Winds

Pay Later is the new beta program being launched by CE Winds on September 1st, 2017. This could revolutionize the way saxophone mouthpieces are sold online.

Here is how Pay Later works. Order up to 3 new CE Winds Handmade Saxophone Mouthpieces on our website. Try them for up to 5 business days before deciding which ones you want to pay for. The entire order will not ship until all items are ready to ship together.

Pay Later by CE Winds is only available to United States residents at least 18 years of age, with a valid credit card, verified Billing/Shipping address, and current Facebook Social Media Profile connected to the CE Winds Saxophones & Handmade Saxophone Mouthpieces Facebook page.

Our offer is ONLY for new CE Winds Handmade Saxophone Mouthpieces and is not available for the purchase of new or used CE Winds Saxophones, Used / Vintage Saxophones, CE Winds Outlet Items, or Used / Vintage Saxophone Mouthpieces.

Customers must contact Customer Service by the 5th business day after receiving their CE Winds Handmade Mouthpiece to inform us if they will be returning any of the mouthpieces received in their order. Credit cards will be charged on the morning after the 5th business day. Funds must be available on the day payment is due. Declined charges will be assessed a non-refundable $10.00 service charge plus a $3.00 per day charge for late payments.

This is a limited time beta program and will only be offered from September 1st, 2017 – October 31st, 2017.

 

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1000 Words about saxophone licks by Greg Fishman

Using Saxophone Licks by Professional Saxophonist Greg Fishman

1000 Words off the top of my head about using saxophone licks by Greg Fishman

Recently, someone asked me about licks and stated that “using saxophone licks is not improvising.” I agree with that statement, but only to a point. After all, licks are like vocabulary. It’s all about how you put things together in the moment.

Someone with a good vocabulary may or may not be a good writer/story teller. The same goes for saxophone licks. They can serve a useful purpose…I’ve used all of these words before, but I’m putting them together right now for this sentence. The way that I use words is the same way that I use musical vocabulary.

Hearing in harmonic context…hearing multiple ways of playing something, keeping track of what you just played, interacting with the musicians, using theme and variation, using voice-leading to tie everything together…that’s improvising.

So, what are licks?

Licks are not improvisation, any more than a vocabulary list for a spelling bee is a poem or a story. And yet, someone who knows the meaning of the words, and how to use them spontaneously and in multiple contexts, can mix some of those words with others, off the top of their head, to express an idea.

Licks provide stylized vocabulary. They can help you hear your way through a single chord or through a sequence of chords. A solo should never just be a string of unrelated licks, just as a sentence should not be a list of random words in your vocabulary.

A player should be skilled enough with his vocabulary so that a pattern or lick will fit in the beginning, middle or ending of a larger idea. I also find it valuable to create variations on any idea, lick or pattern.

The key to using licks is to make it sound like you’re not actually using any licks. If they’re going to be used at all, they should blend into the fabric of the solo.

My early days

I can remember back to my earliest days of study, figuring out my favorite Bird, Trane, Stitt licks, etc., and using them to understand how they approached hitting a particular chord or progression of chords.

I’m listening to Cannonball right now, and he’s quoting Bird…it’s vocabulary that you won’t find by just playing scales or arpeggios. Licks are infused with the musical syntax of the great players of the past and present.

Studying saxophone licks or phrases is simply a way of getting a handle on the melodic, rhythmic and harmonic elements of the language. They serve a purpose by providing your ear with good examples of what it sounds like to clearly portray a chord or chord progression.

Using Saxophone Licks by Professional Saxophonist Greg Fishman
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Practice in all keys

Even if you never play a “lick” in your solos, practicing licks/patterns in 12 keys can strengthen your connection with your horn and increase your technique and accuracy. Think about this…we practice scales constantly, but we wouldn’t just play an entire scale exercise in the middle of a solo. The scales and chords are also a part of our vocabulary. I think of the scales and chords as being non-stylized vocabulary, while the licks are stylized vocabulary.

If you were trying to force a particular word into a conversation, it would distract you from listening to the other person, and it will also distract your thoughts. It’s the same with licks. A solo needs to be developed as it’s happening. If, in the natural course of the solo, a phrase (lick) sounds like it fits easily and organically into the line you’re playing, and if it relates musically to what was just played, you can use it. On the other hand, if it’s a musical non sequitur, you need to avoid it and play something that better fits the context of the solo. It’s really the same as any spoken language. It’s about using the language to express yourself clearly.

Work on licks, no matter what

One more thought on saxophone licks. When I was in first grade, I remember that a teacher didn’t like the way I pronounced some words. The teacher had me meet with a speech therapist just a couple of times. The speech therapist had me read through many lists of words, out loud, and she gave me feedback that helped me sharpen up my pronunciation.

Outside of that particular setting, I would never use those exact word lists again, and yet, they served a useful purpose, because they helped me improve the clarity with which I spoke.

I believe that licks can work in this way, as well. Whether you play them in your solos or not, working with them can help to make you a better player because they strengthen the connection between you and your instrument. The licks can help you address deficiencies both in your technique and in the way you hear things.

How do you start?

Everyone should take the time to develop their vocabulary. How do you get started? I started by borrowing (stealing) saxophone licks from the old masters, and then started coming up with my own. Start with a short lick of your own, maybe just over one or two chords. However, you should also try something in a larger format, like an etude over the form of a standard tune. The larger format will let you develop your ideas and see where they lead. You’ll need to decide just how long to develop an idea before it’s time to start with a new idea. This is really the act of composition. Whether you compose a two measure lick, a thirty-two bar tune, or a full symphonic work, the act of composing is the best thing for finding your musical identity.

If you look at any of the etudes in my jazz saxophone etudes series, you can see that, while I’m using mainstream swing/bebop jazz language and vocabulary, the etudes are not simply a string of stand-alone licks. There’s development and use of sequence, use of space. I tried to create well-balanced ideas that feel natural. Two of my former teachers encouraged me to write etudes: Alan Swain and Joe Henderson. Both described the process as a slow-motion way of improvising, where I could take the time to explore my musical choices, and that the etudes would give me a glimpse into the future as I would eventually be able to make those musical decisions in real-time as I improvise with a live group. That advice has served me very well over the years, and I recommend this same approach for my own students.

Contact me today!

If you’re enjoying this article, and if these words are making sense to you, contact me by email (gregfishmanjazzstudios@gmail.com.) to schedule a Skype lesson and we can fully explore these concepts together.

If you would like to self study these concepts, please check out my book series “Hip Licks for Saxophone, Volumes 1 & 2“.

If you order any book from me this week, you can use the CE Winds exclusive coupon code CE15 to receive 15% off of your order.

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What about the Vintage Vandoren Blue Jumbo Java?

Vintage Vandoren Blue Jumbo Java A45 Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

One of the most sought after saxophone mouthpieces in the world today is the Vintage Vandoren Blue Jumbo Java A45 Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece. If you happened to buy one in the 1980’s and NOT sell it back then, you are probably VERY happy with yourself knowing how much they currently sell for today online. On average these mouthpieces sell between $900.00-$1,500.00, specifically the size A45. The A35 and A55 sell at a pretty decent price as well, usually between $450.00-$900.00, depending on condition.

Why do you ask? (Or really, why would anyone pay that much?)

This guy right here:

The global smooth jazz artist Warren Hill has struck a chord with saxophone players who would do whatever it takes to get that sound. Including shelling out $1,500.00 for this little blue “magic” pill. That’s all it takes.

Vandoren Jumbo Java Blue A45 Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

Many of these mouthpieces that we have owned or that have passed through our shop have been very good players throughout the range of the horn. However, at the prices they are currently selling for, they are not really that accessible to most saxophone players. Well, most of the saxophone players that we know.

From our experience in selling these Vandoren Blue Jumbo Java A45 Alto Saxophone Mouthpieces, there is a very specific market looking to buy them. Nearly every one that we have sold has gone to either South Korea, Japan, or China. Saxophone playing, combined with the love of Jazz and Smooth Jazz has really grown in these countries over the last 20 years, and players like Warren Hill are hugely popular. This has really caused the demand of these great mouthpieces to skyrocket – and since they are no longer made by Vandoren, people will pay what they feel they need to pay, in order to have one.

What about a black one?

Does the color of the mouthpiece matter? OF COURSE NOT! It’s the design that matters, and dare I say, the materials. The truth is though, the processes used by Vandoren Paris to make these mouthpieces back in the 1980’s has changed, and therefore the mouthpieces have evolved into something different as well. The concept has remained the same, but small modifications, even the most trivial change, can make a difference in the tone and response of something like a saxophone mouthpiece.

Not all of the 1980’s Blue versions has the same exact dimensions, the same exact facings, the same exact width of the tip and side rails. These mouthpieces were all hand finished at one Vandoren Paris facility in the 1980’s, and the company moved to a new facility early in the 1990’s. As time has gone by, new systems have been put in place, and new craftsman are hand finishing each mouthpiece. Those changes can create an entirely new feel and play-ability for these or any saxophone mouthpiece.

We have played some current production Jumbo Java A45’s that were outstanding mouthpieces for what they were. Even just visually, there is a difference between the old and the new, despite what many will tell you. And well, it’s black and not blue. At this time I am unable to tell you if this special blue ebonite used by Vandoren Paris was sourced by the same company that sourced their standard black ebonite.

So you want one?

We are not going to try and talk anyone out of buying an original Blue Jumbo Java A45. If you have the money to spend and it won’t break YOUR bank, then that is all on you! There are some great alternatives, including the modern production Jumbo Java’s. CE Winds also makes a great tribute to the Vintage Vandoren Blue Jumbo Java A45 Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece. We call ours The Mainstream Jumbo Blue A45. It is priced at 1/3 to 1/6 of the cost of an original blue vintage piece ($299.00). And, it is BLUE!

We’ve bought and sold no less than 15 ‘originals’ over the last 10 years. About 8 years ago we found one in a case of a $100.00 Selmer Bundy. They are out there and sometimes you just have a good day and find one. We have also paid a premium price while looking for the best for our Mainstream line. Some we were happy with, and some, not so much.

So, are you really going to buy that Vintage Jumbo Blue A45? We won’t judge you.

Don’t have that much extra cash? Perhaps just try the CE Winds Mainstream A45. Who knows, maybe, with a little luck (and an insane amount of practice), you will sound just like this guy!

 

 

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Past Present & Future – The Legend Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

The Legend Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

Past Present & Future – The Legend Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

On May 1st, 2013, CE Winds released it’s first of many handmade saxophone mouthpieces – The Legend Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece. When we decided to dive into saxophone mouthpiece manufacturing, we wanted to apply what we had learned from studying some of the greatest saxophone mouthpieces and mouthpiece makers of all time.

Dave Guardala MB1 Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece
Dave Guardala MB1 Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

The inspiration for this mouthpiece design came from two places; the first being one of the best, if not, the best, saxophone players of all time, Michael Brecker. The second came from the infamous Dave Guardala who, will go down in history as the most villainized person ever in the saxophone industry. This same person is the one who designed and made some of the most sought after mouthpieces in the world today. This mouthpiece was the original Michael Brecker I Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece, also known as the MBI. We called ours The Legend Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece by CE Winds.

The Legend Advertisement
The Legend Advertisement – May, 2013

Doing our homework

In the summer of 2011 we spent some time at the home of Jeff Powell who, in the early days, was the President of Guardala Mouthpieces. He showed us the original CAD files used to create the first CNC Saxophone Mouthpieces made by Guardala. He also explained to us that the original design of the MBI was not the ‘step baffle’. All of the mouthpieces started with the step baffle, Guardala hand filed each one of these down to have a nice rollover, similar to what was known as the “Traditional” model. This was the style mouthpiece Michael Brecker used, the early version of the MBI.

After the first few hundred, Guardala did not want to hand file each baffle down to the rollover, so he began to leave them with the short step baffle. The model was still referred to as the MBI, but the early version and the late version were very different.

We also learned that the MBI design was a combination of two mouthpieces that Michael Brecker had played in his career, a Dukoff and an Otto Link. He liked them both, and wanted the sound of them both in one piece.

The Original Legend I (First Generation)

The original size of the MBI made by Guardala was in the 107-108 range. Our production of The Legend began in this same size, and we later introduced several other size options:

  • 6* (.095)
  • 7 (.100)
  • 7* (.105)
  • 8 (.110)
  • 8* (.115)
  • 9 (.120)

Our Legend has the same high rollover baffle that we found in the original, early, MBI’s. Using a manufacturing process that we developed in house, we began making these mouthpiece in Silverite, similar to what Dukoff was (and is) using in their mouthpieces. However, we stopped making these after the first year in production because we were finding the metal was too soft and we couldn’t make as many mouthpieces as we needed to fulfill orders. We call these the Generation I Legend mouthpieces.

Many players to this day email us and tell us how much they love theirs and haven’t played another mouthpiece since they made the purchase. The original price of The Legend Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece in Silverite was $389.00 in 2013.

First Generation Legend I Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece in Silverite
First Generation Legend I Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece in Silverite

Second & Third Generation

The second generation of The Legend was our Lost Wax model made out of Bronze. These were also great mouthpieces, but because of demand, we were not able to make as many as we needed to keep up with the orders. We made around 100 of the lost wax bronze versions before developing the material we currently use, Brassite. The price of the Lost Wax Bronze Legend was $489.00 in 2014/2015.

Second Generation Lost Wax Bronze The Legend Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece
Second Generation Lost Wax Bronze The Legend Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

The third and current generation of The Legend is the Brassite & Hard Rubber models we have in our store. By developing the Brasssite, we were able to take the qualities of the brass and bronze mouthpieces we loved and make them more durable. This material makes it quicker to manufacture and hand finish each mouthpiece. We use a specially designed brass core in each Brassite piece to add weight and increase the core sound of each mouthpiece.

Listen to The Legend

Here is a video of The Legend being played on several great vintage saxophones (Buescher Top Hat & Cane, Buescher Big B, CG Conn Connqueror 30M, Martin Typewriter, as well as a modern CE Winds NEW Series Black Nickel Tenor Saxophone:

The hard rubber version of The Legend is made out of a special hard rubber composite that we have developed in Ft Myers, Florida. Not only is it durable, it has an amazing full body sound throughout the range of the tenor saxophone. Ivan Renta reviews The Legend in Hard Rubber:

The price of the third generation Brassite Legend is $429.00. The price of the Hard Rubber Composite Legend is $389.00. Both of these mouthpieces currently come with a FREE The Legend Saxophone Ligature ($49.00 value).

In the summer of 2016 we began to revisit our lost wax process in order to try to increase production and re-release these models. Our initial plan is to release the 4th generation Lost Wax Bronze Legend in the Winter of 2017 or Spring of 2018. We will continue production of the Brassite Legend.

See the Brassite & Hard Rubber Composite Legend Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece in our store!

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Customer Appreciation Mouthpiece Anniversary Sale!

CE Winds Customer Appreciation Mouthpiece Anniversary Sale

Customer Appreciation Mouthpiece Anniversary Sale!

CE Winds is celebrating 4 Years of crafting handmade saxophone mouthpieces in Fort Myers, Florida! So we are having a Customer Appreciation Mouthpiece Anniversary Sale!

In appreciation of all of our friends and customers that have helped make CE Winds a company they can trust “When Performance Matters!” – we wanted to offer you a gift! Lets call it CE Winds Madness!

Place an order of $500.00 or more for CE Winds Handmade Saxophone Mouthpieces, and receive 50% off your entire order!

Use the coupon code cewindsmadness2017 when you check out and you have $500.00 or more in qualifying products in your shopping cart.

March Madness sale ends March 31st, 2017.

START SHOPPING NOW!

Sale Includes: Legend, Legend II, Florida, The Sig, Super Sig, Mainstream, Five Spot, Studio Sonic, Le Noir Soloista, Concert Classic. Sale Excludes: Silver Shocka, Pure Vintage, Legend Ligature, New & Used Saxophones, Clearance Mouthpieces. Cannot be combined with the Trade In Program. 30 Day Return policy applies. Must keep at least $500.00 in merchandise in order keep the discount. Exchanges OK – customer pays exchange fees. In stock mouthpieces will ship within 3-5 business days. You will be notified of out of stock mouthpieces purchased in your order, completion time may vary. 

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CG Conn Microtuner Saxophone Mouthpiece – How it works!

CG Conn Microtuner Mouthpiece

CG Conn Microtuner Saxophone Mouthpiece

CG Conn Microtuner Saxophone Mouthpiece – How it works!

These are actually pretty cool mouthpieces and is what I consider a very innovative design for a saxophone mouthpiece. You usually find them in smaller tip openings, the one pictured below is a tenor mouthpiece with the original facing. It has an opening of about .0615. The few others we have seen also had pretty small openings, but smaller openings weren’t considered smaller openings back when this was made.

The design:

Overall, the mouthpiece looks like a pretty standard saxophone mouthpiece, although it is much heavier than a hard rubber mouthpiece.

On the shank, there is a metal ring with a threaded inner edge, and a knurled outer edge to help grip the tuner.

The mouthpiece two adjoining metal shafts, one inner, and one outer.  There is a small track keeping the shafts from spinning inside of the mouthpiece against each other. The outer is a sleeve for the inner.

The inner metal shaft is connected to the mouthpiece with a strong adhesive, or the mouthpiece was cast onto this metal shaft to keep it in place. The tuning ring is also connected to the outer ring, which keeps it in place and allows it to spin freely.

The outer edge of the inner metal shaft is threaded on the outside and smooth on the inside (which goes over your neck cork).

As the tuner is spun, the threads on the outer edge of the inner shaft are pulled out by the threading of the tuning ring, creating an extending shaft on the mouthpiece – making it now the CG Conn Microtuner Saxophone Mouthpiece.

How it use the CG Conn Microtuner Saxophone Mouthpiece:

With the mouthpiece set to the “all the way in” position, put the CG Conn Microtuner Saxophone Mouthpiece mouthpiece on your neck, set the position sharp, much sharper than you would normally prefer your sound.

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CG Conn Microtuner Mouthpiece – “In” Position

As you play, turn the tuner “counter clockwise” to bring your sound into the correct pitch. The full range of the pitch when tested was nearly a full whole step. We were able to bring the pitch from very close to E to D (CG Conn tenor sax neck only with no saxophone), just by turning the Microtuner the full extension.

CG Conn Microtuner Mouthpiece
CG Conn Microtuner Mouthpiece – “Out” Position

Likewise, if you find your pitch is flat, turn the tuner “clockwise” to sharpen the pitch.

Along with the Microtuner Neck from CG Conn that can be found on the New Wonder II, and the other M Series of saxophones, the CG Conn Microtuner Mouthpiece is a great tool for adjusting your tone on the fly without having to reposition your reed or ligature.

New take on the vintage microtuner:

There is a new patented product on the market that works to accomplish the same goal (make quick adjustments without damaging your current reed/ligature position). It’s called the Twist N Tune™ which was invented by saxophonist Benita “Bonnie” Slater.

In concept, it has the same idea as the early microtuner. The only downside (which I believe they are working on some design changes for future release) is that it only tunes out from the sharp position, and does not tune if you are flat and need to sharpen your tune.

The great thing about The Twist N Tune is that it can fit on ANY saxophone without damaging the instrument.  This helps solve one of the biggest issues many young saxophonists face, playing TOO sharp. It’s worth checking out if you haven’t heard of it already. The facebook page and website are being updated, but you can find out the most information about it by visiting either one.

If you are interested in picking up an original CG Conn Microtuner Saxophone Mouthpiece, the best place to check is eBay, or look at older Conn New Wonder saxophones.  Sometimes one will pop up inside a case here or there.

  • CG Conn Microtuner Mouthpiece

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Sell saxophone musical instrument – quick and easy from CE Winds

sell saxophone musical instrument

Sell saxophone musical instrument – quick and easy from CE Winds

“How do I sell my saxophone or other musical instrument?”

Fill out the form below and we will make an offer based on market value! sell saxophone musical instrument

“How much is my instrument worth?”

Fill out the form below and ask us how much your saxophone, flute, trumpet clarinet or other musical instrument is worth! We can provide you with 3 values; Market Value, Insurance Value, and our purchase offer. sell saxophone musical instrument

We are always ready to purchase or consign musical instruments!

Selling or consigning your saxophone, trumpet, flute, clarinet or any other woodwind or brass-wind instrument has never been easier!

Interested in selling your instrument?

We want to make selling your instrument quick and easy. No meeting up with a buyer from a craigslist ad. No hassle of selling it on ebay. It’s just a quick email to us and the process has started! Once we make an offer, we can provide you with a payment (through Paypal) as early as today. We will also provide you instructions on how to pack and ship your instrument if we do not have an agent locally that can pick it up. We will even provide you with a pre-paid Priority shipping label through USPS.com. Just print, attach, and drop off or schedule a pickup! sell saxophone musical instrument

Interested in consigning your instrument?

In some cases, consignments are the best way to get top dollar for your musical instrument. We will suggest this based on the market value of the saxophone or other musical instrument you are interested in selling. The criteria we use on determining whether a consignment is the best option is a) market value of the saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, flute, etc and b) how fast you are needing to sell. If the item has a higher market value and there are less time constraints when selling, consignment may be the better choice.

We offer detailed instructions on our Saxophone Consignment page: http://www.cewinds.com/saxophone-consignment


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FAQ

How do we know what our instrument is worth?

How do you determine your purchase price?

How long does it take for me to get my payment?

How do I get my instrument to you?

What types of instruments do you buy?

Why should I sell to you and not sell the item myself on eBay or Craigslist?

Do you offer consignment sales?

How can I purchase an instrument that you have for sale?

Do you buy anything else besides musical instruments?

Does your company repair musical instruments?

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How do we know what our instrument is worth?

We will help determine your instruments value using the market analysis system that we have developed over the last several years evaluating sold musical instruments. We will try to provide you with three values; a) the estimated value if you were looking to add the instrument to your insurance policy, b) the current market value range in which the item will most likely sell for, c) and our offer price which will include shipping reimbursement for your item.

How do you determine your purchase price?

We use current sales prices and recent sales estimates (comps) similar to what realtors use in determining the estimated insurance value, and the current market value. Once we determine what the instrument could potentially sell for, we then determine the additional amount we may need to invest into the instrument to get it ready for sale, and make our offer to you based on the margin needed in order to maintain a good R.O.I. (return of investment)

How long does it take for me to get my payment?

We offer payments through PAYPAL before the item is shipped to us. If you do not use Paypal, your bank check payment will be processed once your item has been inventoried and verified, which is generally within 72 hours of receiving the instrument.

How do I get my instrument to you?

In some instances, we can pick up your instrument at a location you request, or we can arrange a drop off location where you can bring your instrument and they will pack it and ship it to us for you.

Depending on the size of the instrument, you can often find a box to use at your local grocery store for free, or you can purchase a box at a local office supply store or even moving/storage facility. Make sure the box is large enough to leave a few inches around the instrument for padding (crumpled balls of newspaper work well) and secure the instrument and any accessories inside the case as well using crumpled newspaper, bubble wrap, or foam peanuts. Use strong packing tape to secure the box closed, and drop it off at your local Post Office.

What types of instruments do you buy?

We buy ALL types of instruments and all brands! Here is a list of items we purchase:

 

Type of Instrument Brand of Instrument Brand of Instrument
ALL Saxophones

Soprano Saxophone

Alto Saxophone

Tenor Saxophone

Baritone Saxophone

Clarinets

Oboes

Bassoons

Trumpets

Bugles

Flutes

Trombones

Guitars

Mouthpieces

Instrument Accessories

 Yamaha

Jupiter

Yanagisawa

Antigua Winds

C.G. Conn

Conn-Selmer

Selmer

Selmer Paris

Keilwerth

Cannonball

Guardala

Altus

Pearl

Gemeinhardt

 

 

 Artley

Haynes

CE Winds

Miyazawa

Muramatsu

Sankyo

Buffet Crampon

King

Buescher

Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why should I sell to you and not sell the item myself on eBay or Craigslist?

You can, and we encourage people to do that if they have the time to properly list the item and are willing to wait for the sale. Often times, people come to us AFTER they’ve tried to sell the item because they realized the hassle of trying to sell an item like a musical instrument. Since we are a professional seller of musical instruments, we have access to everything needed to properly repair, photograph, list and ship musical instruments to our customers worldwide.

Also, since we are a Powerseller on eBay, we receive large discounts on listing and selling items on eBay, where a private seller who is not a Powerseller would pay up to 40% more in fees than what our cost would be. As with Craigslist, the hassle of making yourself available to potential buyers, and negotiations on the asking price usually leave sellers with a discomfort with selling locally. That is why allowing us to purchase your instrument HASSLE FREE is the easiest way to get paid for your musical instrument!

Do you offer consignment sales?

If you have an item that is a little more rare, or that you are not in a hurry to sell, a consignment sale is usually the best option. While selling your instrument on consignment, you get access to our network of dealers and private investors possibly looking for the instrument that you have for sale, and generally are willing to pay top dollar for the instrument you are selling. Generally we are able to sell the item within 90-120 days, the sale is generally at our expected value, and our commissions are lower than our competitors. So higher sale price, lower commission, equals more money in your pocket!

How can I purchase an instrument that you have for sale?

We do sell musical instruments, visit our Saxophone Shop for new, used and vintage musical instruments, saxophones, flutes, clarinets, mouthpieces, and other rare and hard to find items.

Do you buy anything else besides musical instruments?

Since we are musical instrument investor specialists, we tend to only buy musical instruments, but have purchased and sold other items like electronics, books and music, all items related to music. Contact us through our contact us form and we will get back to you on whether or not we can purchase your item.

Does your company repair musical instruments?

We have a full service repair and restoration shop that specializes in woodwind and brass wind repair, as well as mouthpiece refacing and replating.

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Pure Vintage N Y M 6M Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece – Release Date

Pure Vintage N Y M 6M Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

Pure Vintage N Y M 6M Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece – Release Date Announced

The newest CE Winds Pure Vintage mouthpiece release has been announced. Beginning on August 1st, 2016, the Pure Vintage N Y M (New York Meyer) 6M will be available for purchase only through CEWinds.com. Price will be $179.00 ($249.00 MSRP)

Pure Vintage N Y M 6M Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

Pure Vintage N Y M 6M Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

Pure Vintage N Y M 6M Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

Pure Vintage N Y M 6M Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece 1000_2

Pure Vintage N Y M 6M Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

Pure Vintage N Y M 6M Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

For more information about the Pure Vintage Saxophone Mouthpieces, read the post below:

Pure Vintage Saxophone Mouthpieces by CE Winds

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Pure Vintage Saxophone Mouthpieces by CE Winds

Pure Vintage Saxophone Mouthpieces by CE Winds

Pure – [pyoo  r] – simple or homogeneous

Vintage – [vin-tij] – representing the high quality of a past time

Pure Vintage Saxophone Mouthpieces – Release Date June 1st, 2016

The vintage saxophone mouthpiece market has never been higher and more out of reach for most saxophone players – with certain mouthpiece models selling in the $2,000 – $3000 range! Some saxophone players we’ve talked to said they would pay $1,000, $2,000 or more IF the mouthpiece they were buying was everything they wanted and more – but who wants to take that type of risk?

Through many years of buying, selling and trading saxophone mouthpieces, we have held on to most of the mouthpieces that we really consider the best of the best of the best – therefore making it easy for you to finally get that mouthpiece you’ve been looking for but never wanted to buy because the price was far too great to take the chance!

Using specifically chosen high grade materials, and manufacturing processes that we have developed over several years of making CE Winds mouthpieces (not CNC or 3D Printing), we are able to replicate these great vintage mouthpieces that are no longer being made due to industry changes in technology and manufacturing. These mouthpieces are purely vintage – they look, feel, play, and respond just like the original design that they are modeled from – we guarantee it! They look so much like the original designs that we are making them in a very specific color so that they will not ever be sold as originals or original blanks.

Our plan is to release several models / sizes over the years. We are launching the line with a 1960’s era Otto Link Tone Edge Slant Sig 7* Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece as well as a 1940’s Meyer Bros New York 5M Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece.

Pure Vintage Saxophone Mouthpiece - Meyer Bros Alto
Pure Vintage Meyer Bros Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece
(MSRP 249.00) Sale price $179.00
Pure Vintage Saxophone Mouthpiece Otto Link Tenor
Pure Vintage Otto Link Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece
(MSRP $279.00) Sale Price $199.00

When you receive your new mouthpieces, you may notice minor cosmetic blemishes which may due to the following factors:

  1. blemishes in the original used as the master
  2. small air pockets created during the casting process
  3. minimal hand finishing in order to maintain original integrity

Every mouthpiece goes through the same point check / play test process as each CE Winds Handmade Saxophone Mouthpiece – mouthpiece tables, tips and rails checked, & test played. We also offer a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee on each mouthpiece purchased – with CE Winds we want to make sure you are satisfied with your purchase!

Look for these great mouthpieces to be available soon in the CE Winds Store! Check out this video demonstration of the new Pure Vintage Saxophone Mouthpieces by CE Winds! Contact us at info@cewinds.com with any questions regarding CE Winds Pure Vintage Saxophone Mouthpieces!

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Saxophone Mouthpiece Manufacturing – The CE Winds Way

Saxophone Mouthpiece Manufacturing

CE Winds Handmade Saxophone Mouthpiece Manufacturing

The production of every CE Winds handmade saxophone mouthpiece starts and ends in Ft Myers Florida. We have a small (and very efficient) saxophone mouthpiece manufacturing facility where every saxophone mouthpiece blank is made from the best raw materials that we can find, machined and refined by trained professionals, hand finished by our own team, and test played by in-house saxophone players, all before they leave our shop.

We do not use any CNC machines to make our mouthpieces – no issue with CNC, most of the top manufacturers are currently using CNC production to make some great saxophone mouthpieces! We prefer the method of traditional craftsmanship, the way most saxophone mouthpieces were made when some of THE BEST saxophone mouthpieces were being made!

Saxophone Mouthpiece Manufacturing - CE Winds
CE Winds Studio Sonic Alto Mouthpiece Being Trimmed on the lathe.

Our production team (as of writing this on 12/1/2015) is able to make and machine between 15-25 blanks per day, and our finishing team is able to hand face, test play, and complete between 10-15 mouthpieces per day. We are currently producing 11 different CE Winds saxophone mouthpiece models, in over 40 different sizes. We also assist other companies with custom designs, and offer exclusive OEM mouthpieces to top retailers around the world.

Saxophone Mouthpiece Manufacturing - CE Winds
Final Buffing of The Legend Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

There may be companies that tell you their way is the best way, or or the only way, but we know that there are so many great options for saxophone mouthpieces in the marketplace. What we can tell you is that there are not many companies out there that are offering what we are offering, and that can manufacture top handmade saxophone mouthpieces on the scale, and with the quality, that CE Winds does it.

Saxophone Mouthpiece Manufacturing - CE Winds
Removing the seam on a Mainstream Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

Just for reading this article, and to prove to you that we are the real deal in saxophone mouthpiece manufacturing, we want to offer you 25% off of ANY CE Winds Handmade Saxophone Mouthpiece purchased between December 1st and December 31st, 2015. This includes any NEW or CLEARANCE saxophone mouthpieces listed on CEWinds.com.

Use the promo code

25-off-mouthpieces

to receive your discount.

This offer is not valid on any new, used, or vintage saxophones, or on any non CE Winds brand mouthpiece, listed on CEWinds.com.

Expires on December 31st, 2015, 11:59pm EST.

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