Vermont Wooden Toy Factory Saxophone Mouthpiece Stand Review

A bunch of you have asked me about these beautiful wooden mouthpiece stands I have been using lately on social media.  They are made by a friend of mine up here in Vermont whose name is Pat Slater.  I met Pat at church one Sunday and as we were making small talk, I asked him Read More…

One Ligature to Rule Them All? Roberto’s Winds Uovo Tenor Saxophone Ligature Review

Today, I am reviewing the new Roberto’s Winds Uovo {woh-voh} tenor saxophone ligature for metal tenor saxophone mouthpieces.  The Uovo ligature is advertised by Roberto’s as being “the only tenor saxophone ligature designed to generate sympathetic resonance, enriching the harmonic palette to enable your very best sound.  It opens up, enriches, and projects its sound Read More…

Do Mouthpiece Patches and Beak Height Make a Difference to the Sound of a Saxophone?

Today, I am posting a personal experiment of mine to answer some questions I have about the discernible differences a mouthpiece patch and the mouthpiece beak height make to the sound of the saxophone.  I know many of you out there will perhaps think this is foolish but I am doing this to satisfy my Read More…

Sax Clinic SCV Tonus Mundi and Sonus Divinus Saxophone Ligature Review

Today, I am reviewing a couple of great new quality saxophone ligatures that I received from the Sax Clinic in North Macedonia. The Sax Clinic sent me a Sonus Divinus and Tonus Mundi model ligature for hard rubber tenor saxophone mouthpieces and a Sonus Divinus model ligature for Guardala sized metal tenor saxophone mouthpieces.  I have Read More…

Eye-Opening Boston Sax Shop Heritage Tenor Saxophone Neck Review

Today, I am excited to be reviewing the new BSS (Boston Sax Shop) Heritage tenor saxophone neck released by Jack Tyler at the Boston Sax Shop.   Jack had told me about this new BSS Heritage tenor sax neck a number of years ago and although I am a bit tentative to add another variable to Read More…

Will the Real Michael Brecker’s Sax Mouthpiece Please Stand Up?

I wanted to write a blog post on this subject because there has been a lot of discussion and confusion over the years about the Guardala tenor saxophone mouthpiece that Michael Brecker played on.    I started a discussion on this subject on Facebook but thought it would be good to post what I discovered Read More…

How to Spot a Fake Vintage Saxophone Mouthpiece

Many of you might remember that I wrote an in-depth article about a year and a half ago on counterfeit vintage saxophone mouthpieces entitled “Buyer Beware! Counterfeit Vintage Saxophone Mouthpieces Galore“. In that article, I included as much information and photo evidence of counterfeit vintage sax mouthpieces that were (and still are) flooding the saxophone Read More…

Lupifaro Evo Tenor and Alto Saxophone Reeds Review

Today, I am reviewing the Lupifaro  Evo custom saxophone reeds sold by Lupifaro reeds in Switzerland.  Lupifaro reeds reached out to me a few months ago and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their saxophone reeds.  They sent me a box of five 2 1/2 and a box of five 3 strength tenor Read More…

Roberto’s Winds RW Tenor, Alto and Soprano Saxophone Reeds Review

Today, I am reviewing the RW Roberto’s Winds custom saxophone reeds released by Roberto Romeo at Roberto’s Winds in NYC.  Roberto’s Winds reached out to me a few months ago and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their saxophone reeds.  They sent me nine boxes of sax reeds in a variety of strengths Read More…

An Inside Look into the Joe Allard Approach of Saxophone Playing: Memories of the First Three Lessons

In 2010, Gary Jones posted these personal memories written below on the “Sax on the Web” saxophone forum.  Gary shared these recollections from his first three lessons with George, a graduate student who personally studied with Joe Allard in the 1970’s.   He happily gave me permission to post his memories here also. This is what Read More…

Zac Saxophone Mouthpiece Ligature Review

Today, I am reviewing a really cool new saxophone ligature made by Zac ligatures in Italy.  I heard about the Zac saxophone ligature from a fan of Neffmusic who asked me if I could review the Zac ligatures because he was curious about them.  I reached out to Alberto at Zac ligatures and he was Read More…

JLV Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Sound Resurfacing Ligature Review

Today, I am reviewing an innovative new saxophone mouthpiece ligature I received from JLV Sound in France.  It is the JLV Sound Resurfacing Sax Ligature for hard rubber tenor saxophone mouthpieces. This is not your everyday run of the mill saxophone ligature.  I have included quite a few photos and even a video presentation of Read More…

Boston Sax Shop Superlative Tenor Saxophone Ligature Review

Today, I am reviewing a beautiful new saxophone ligature I received from Jack Tyler at the Boston Sax Shop.  It is the Boston Sax Shop Superlative Sax Ligature for hard rubber tenor sax mouthpieces. I have reviewed a number of Boston Sax Shop products on this site in the past and have written about Jack Read More…

The Best Saxophone Embouchure: Where’s that Bottom Lip?

I just completed a new saxophone video lesson entitled “The Best Embouchure for Tone, Intonation and Endurance Lesson” in which I teach my approach to the saxophone playing embouchure and playing the saxophone.  While working on the sax lesson, I thought it would be a cool idea to search the internet for good photos of Read More…

Whoa!! Michael Brecker Performing on a Hard Rubber Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece!!

I wanted to share this interesting video I found on Facebook this morning that was shared by Louis Gerrits who runs the website michaelbreckerliverecordings.com which is a website dedicated to the great tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker who passed away in 2007. *Louis was also kind enough to share the Michael Brecker photos in this article Read More…

Buyer Beware! Counterfeit Vintage Saxophone Mouthpieces Galore

Disclaimer: If you bought a vintage mouthpiece in the last few years off of Ebay then this article might not be good news for you.  If you would rather not know……then do not continue to read…… A friend of mine reached out to me a few weeks ago and was excited to share the good Read More…

Up Close and Personal Interview with Steve Neff on Everything Saxophone Podcast

If any of you are interested in my background and views on a variety of subjects related to music, the saxophone and life, I was interviewed by Donna Schwartz for the “Everything Saxophone Podcast” a couple of weeks ago. Donna asked some great questions and we were able to discuss some personal subjects having to Read More…

GetaSax Echo Master Brilhart 3-Band Style Saxophone Ligature Review

I received an email a couple of months ago from a fan of the site asking if I could review these new Echo Master ligatures (formerly Echo Brass) being sold by Getasax.com.  These are reproductions of the infamous Brilhart 3-band ligature that Kenny Garrett uses.  I have been curious about these ligatures ever since I Read More…

The Boston Sax Shop Custom Tenor Saxophone Reeds Review

Today, I am reviewing a new BSS custom saxophone reed released by Jack Tyler at the Boston Sax Shop.  Jack has been my repairman for the last six years and always gives me the inside scoop on new saxophone gear that is coming out. Besides being a phenomenal repairman and craftsman, Jack is always up Read More…

Michael Brecker International Saxophone Competition

I was recently informed about this new competition by Brian Plautz and Susan Brecker and thought I would pass on the information here on the site.  If you are an aspiring saxophonist between the ages of 16-30, are a citizen of the world (no extraterrestrials) and can burn it up on the saxophone, then this Read More…