The best years for Sopranos are the late Truetone with the roller G#. Hodges played a Buescher Big B Aristocrat (late 1930's model), and I THINK he used a Brilhart mouthpiece. 1 (Remastered) 1. Hard for me to believe he played anything like a 105 tip opening. So at least on that night that's what he was playing. JavaScript is disabled. I have many CD's of his work and I have seen sleeve pictures of him with a Conn 6M (microtuner neck verifies it) and of course Bueschers from early Aristocrats to the "Aristocrat 400" 141 model (Buescher 50's 'Crat script with rear bell keys) and the TH&C 400's to plain 400's (as in previous posters picture) ending with a Vito. Hodges always sounded like Hodges, regardless of the setup. :treble: Tomo: Razzy is right . 1967 Preview SONG TIME Take 'Em Off, Take 'Em Off, Pt. He may have played a Mk6 in the late '60s/early '70s. I've seen early clips of him using Buescher with split bell keys and a Conn, early 6M. At that price range, anything you get will be good and a lot of it comes down to personal preference. FWIW, I saw Hodges with the Ellington band in Worcester Mass in the fall of 1957. As for vintage to start there is selmer. I'd have to agree with Razzy on this one. Sure enough, it was one that I had assembled seems like a couple years earlier. Made me respect the intro to "Passion Flower" that much more. Johnny Hodges, except from 1951-'55, has been an Ellingtonian since 1928. They are the best saxophones. It had the name written vertically on the bell, and the B and Bb bell keys were located to the rear on the bell. i use selmer and brilhart's but for that smooth johnny hodges sound(ellington band) do try big tip berg larsen rubber mpcs from a 105/1 and up. It's an ill wind that blows nobody down a long lane which has no silver lining. For modern brands the gerenal "big three" are yamaha, yani, and selmer. That's also a lot of money to spend without knowing what you're looking for or if you'll like it so it's best to try out a few and see what you like. There is only the best saxophone for you. He started on a True Tone, then moved on to Aristocrats as soon as they came out, stayed with Aristocrats until late '50s ans then he moved on to Vitos. I assembled only a few 400's, left the assembly area and began testing saxes at that location. . The Buescher Aristocrats and 400's were being made there at that time. During the mid to late '60's I was a saxophone assembler at the Vincent Bach plant in Elkhart owned by Selmer. . I'd say that he played the main part of his career on Bueschers then moved to Vito. There is also p.mauriat who have a ton of different models to try. I have heard good things about them though I have not played any so I can't say if I would recommend them or not. kind of like a keyboard player twiddleing with the pitch wheel. Keilwerths are something a bit different from the modern big 3 and to me feel like im playing a conn with the sound of a modern selmer if that makes sense. Gwindplayer: maker of Custom Classic GW handcrafted hard rubber mouthpieces. Come join the discussion about collections, care, displays, models, styles, reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more! You might even be able to get a solid silver one in your budget, I know someone with one and the sound is top quality, you can’t match it. I had built his 400 and then later got to blow the horn after we did some work on it. A forum community dedicated to saxophone players and enthusiasts bought to you by Harri Rautiainen. I prefer the series I aristrocrat models over the big B, the TH&C or the Super 400 models but each of these models plays fantastically with subtle differences in tone. Johnny Hodges used a Brilhart mouthpiece modified to implement a tenor reed. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. Buescher true tones are also very nice and relatively cheap but finding one thats in good tune can be difficult. There is also the buffet senzo also which is another outstanding professional level alto but its more geared to classical. Go and test out different horns. And then, when you finally reach the bandstage, forget all that and wail.-Charlie Parker. The zephyr which early models have a very dark vintage tone and later models (like eastlake intermediate models) have a very mellow and rich tone. I'd always assumed the answer was a stock open-chambered Buescher m/p, maybe with some work done to it? My Dad bought me a new Buescher 400 alto for Christmas back in '63 or '64. I can't say I'd recommend the big bell series as I feel like they are basically yamahas with worse build quality however its important to try them regardless of what anyone says to get an idea of them. Most likely a Tonelin. Cornelius "Johnny" Hodges (July 25, 1907 – May 11, 1970) was an American alto saxophonist, best known for solo work with Duke Ellington's big band. They are usually bright. Then there is king which of course means the super 20 which is an amazing horn with a very nice rounded jazz tone and a fat low end. you won't sound like Hodges until you THINK like Hodges; even then, you may never make it (few do). Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. We worked on his alto and he played for us also. As said, the budget is roughly €4000. I can verify to some degree the comments of others that I've just read. Anyways I hope this helps and good luck finding a sax you love! Vintage Buescher horns are very similar to vintage Conns, Buescher was a former employee after all, and competed with Conn, Martin and King until the … I’d suggest you try a Cannonball sax, Big Bell series, Vintage revisited. Come join the discussion about collections, care, displays, models, styles, reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more! of course, I realise that embouchure/technique and the mouthpiece/reed setup matters a lot, but I'm wondering which Horn would complement that jazzy, vintage sound. I did a little research and couldn't find anything directly on this question about Rabbit's m/p. Johnny Hodges is my favorite player! He wanted it checked out and some work done. I played it untill '73 when I traded it for a new mk6. Jazz don't sleep...Mingus never slept. of course, I realise that embouchure/technique and the mouthpiece/reed setup matters a lot, but I'm wondering which Horn would complement that jazzy, vintage sound. Johnny Hodges was a beast! Johnny Hodges, American jazz saxophonist who was a featured soloist in Duke Ellington’s orchestra. I believe that he used a Buescher very early in his career, but his main horn was a Vito "System" horn. Johnny Hodges was a beast! Wow..... just watched him play Isfahan on You Tube..... incredible saxophone player. Renowned for the beauty of his tone and his mastery of ballads, Hodges was among the most influential sax players in jazz history. It is not easy to get info on mouthpieces used by Johnny Hodges , but after studying a few pictures I've come to this list : Procope played a Buescher Aristocrat with a Brilhart "Tonalin". So, I currently play an eder alto Sax (Can't find any info on the Brand or model, but it was a serviceable student sax) and would like to upgrade to a pro horn as a long-term sax investment. Cannonballs are really pretty so thats a plus but I really like their vintage series. Would look into yamaha custom Z, maybe the custom EX, lots of jazz players will prefer the Z, not to say there are “jazz horns” but it’s a little more flexible. It's hard to go wrong with a vintage selmer as just about anything plays amazingly all the way from the early model 26 up to modern super action 80s. I tried out the same set-up that he used for several years--the Aristocrat and I can't remember the mouthpiece--and I couldn't have sounded worse.