Archive for August, 2013

Saxophone Clip On Mic

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

I was watching Kenny G. on youtube the other night and noticed that he only had a saxophone clip on mic on the bell of his soprano saxophone. I was shocked to see this since it is a nightmare to keep a decent sound level with just a bell mic on a straight soprano.

The problem was very obvious as it came through my surround sound system. When he was playing “bell” notes (D1, D2, C1, B0, Bb0 and less on E1, E2 F1 and F2) the sound level was higher than when the non-bell notes were played. I thought that all professionals knew that you should use a dual pick-up mic with one pick-up on the bell and one mounted above the left hand stack. This allows for a more even sound level for straight saxophones.

This is less of a problem with curved saxophones since the bell clip on mic is also in the general area of the left hand stack and can pick up sound from both the vented and bell notes.

Regardless of the brand of microphone, you may want to keep this in mind.

Textbook Rentals

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Renting textbooks is a cheaper way if you follow a few rules.

1) Most important- do not loose your book. You will find yourself paying both the rental and the replacement cost.

2) Do not return it late – if they cannot re-rent it the rental company losses big time and there late fees can get very expensive

3) Compare prices of textbook rentals– with over a dozen big name sites offering rentals be sure to compare the prices and shipping.

4) Read the terms & conditions – do not just check the box that says you read it, Read IT!

Letterhead Printing Online

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

It is cheaper getting a printing company to print you out a few thousand letterheads, instead of using your own printer plus ink. I’m sure you would want to print at best quality, which will chew through your ink quickly. The letterhead printing online should be the best and cheapest way to have your letterheads printed without sacrificing the quality of the letterheads.