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Published on Nov 2, 2009

"Virtual Playtest" of Bauhaus Walstein tenor by Elliott "Stackman" Callier (Fats Domino, Treme Brass Band, Preservation Hall Band, many more).

This is actually a rare sort of sound file, not just because of the calibre of musician, but because it's a real, actual, first-time playtest. It's also from a series of 5 or 6 playtests of different horns, from which you will hear unedited and candid exchanges between old friends about the equipment (as opposed to weird, calculated, more-or-less rehearsed remarks, such as I've seen around from time to time). When I ask Stack for his opinion, I am really asking him what he thinks, and because we know each other he actually tells me; I don't have a problem with him giving me critical feedback, and he doesn't have a problem giving it. Stack is a neighbor and old friend and when I was working on a Martin alto's finish, outside, he passed by and I encouraged him to come by and play some of the new equipment. It had been a while since he'd played my new stuff, so he played a number of instruments.

This is one of about 6 playtests we recorded in a couple of hours. It's recorded in stereo so that -- if you pan left or right -- you can hear either the recording through a RodeNT large diaphragm mic, close up, or through an SM58, from about 6 feet away. I am closer to the SM58, as well, and Stack is close to the Rode.

Sound quality of the recording has suffered in being compressed to the YouTube format -- some of the unevenness at the beginning is due to me moving Stack's mic around, but somehow the YouTube compression seems to have given the recording an "out-of-phase" sort of sound that is a brighter than the original.

This playtest was with a Vandoren Jumbo Java T97 and a light reed.

Since the sound got a bit obscured by the upload/compression, I'll mount a better quality sound file on my website (www.justsaxes.com) as soon as I have the time.

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