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I have known Jeff Kashiwa since Long Beach State in 1982. Jeff is a great Sax Player with his own sound, regardless of which sax he seems to be playing this week.

I had heard Jeff had left LA Sax and started playing Cannonball Saxes after the Winter NAMM Show. I spoke with him at a show in May, 2005 and later got an update on his Sax Gear via email. He had made the move to Cannonball but has yet again changed his mind. The following has excerpts from the email received July 2005.

Jeff Kashiwa Writes...

I am actually selling my Cannonball Tenor, because it was too heavy for me (7lbs 8 oz). It weighs 1 pound more than my Selmer Balanced action (6 lbs. 8oz). Doesn't sound like much, but after several hours of playing you can feel it!

I did like the sound of the horn. Very beefy. Nice intonation and the action was good. I think that the horn is more sturdy than the LA Sax tenors I have played.

The horn comes with two necks; a silver colored and brass colored neck. The sax case is killer! It is light, but sturdy enough to check it with your luggage.

I am now playing my Selmer Balanced Action Tenor from the 1940's, Selmer Mark VI Alto from the 1950's and a brand new Yanagisawa 991 soprano. This horn is not as "loud" as the 1970's Selmer Mark VI soprano I was playing, but it has a great sound. Very warm and inviting. Great action and intonation. Even the plastic Yanagisawa mouthpiece that comes with it plays nicely!

Speaking of mouthpieces:

When I need to really project I use my Jody Jazz Brass pieces. Excellent pieces! DV model on Tenor and Alto and a standard medium facing on the soprano. I also use a plastic King tenor piece and a Selmer scroll C* alto piece (opened up to a E or F). Both of these were refaced by a true master; Bob Carpenter from Bothell, Washington. Bob does excellent work! On soprano I play the plastic Yanagisawa mouthpiece that came with the horn when I want that very mellow sound.

- Jeff Kashiwa

Thanks Jeff for the Update. Jeff Kashiwa's Home Page is Jeff if you want to read more on this exciting and talented Sax Man.

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