I'm totally pleased to find a forum with this sort of historic information. They are the best saxophones. The rest of my set up is … Same story. Johnny Hodges, except from 1951-'55, has been an Ellingtonian since 1928. I've never seen the rabbit with a Conn. Made me respect the intro to "Passion Flower" that much more. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. You could have heard a pin drop throughout the sax area of the plant. I'd say that he played the main part of his career on Bueschers then moved to Vito. you won't sound like Hodges until you THINK like Hodges; Johnny Hodges used a Brilhart mouthpiece modified to implement a tenor reed. To make a long story short. Johnny Hodges, American jazz saxophonist who was a featured soloist in Duke Ellington’s orchestra. Johnny Hodges was a beast! JavaScript is disabled. Johnny Hodges was a beast! Fortunately there is a record kept of who assembled and who tested every horn. Anyways I hope this helps and good luck finding a sax you love! The new wonder has a really big and bright sound but in my opinion has a more rounded and even tone throughout the whole horn which is why I like it. As said, the budget is roughly €4000. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. This gave him the ability to smear notes to an incredible minor 3rd. 1972 Mark VI Baritone to low Bb w/ JodyJazz DVNY 9. The best years for Sopranos are the late Truetone with the roller G#. When Johnny came back, he played for us. IMHO he did not have a "primary" axe, sort of like Charlie Parker. So at least on that night that's what he was playing. This gave him the ability to smear notes to an incredible minor 3rd. I’d suggest you try a Cannonball sax, Big Bell series, Vintage revisited. I had built his 400 and then later got to blow the horn after we did some work on it. What brand or brands did johnny hodges use? . 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. Johnny Hodges played a Buescher Big B Reply To Post. I took a look at the bell of his horn and it said Aristocrat plain as day. I'd have to agree with Razzy on this one. Get a Yanagisawa! There is also the buffet senzo also which is another outstanding professional level alto but its more geared to classical. The voll trues I have heard good things about but have never played for myself also. It's an ill wind that blows nobody down a long lane which has no silver lining. kind of like a keyboard player twiddleing with the pitch wheel. 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. 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. Come join the discussion about collections, care, displays, models, styles, reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more! (There's also a separate thread currently on the same question). For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. My Dad bought me a new Buescher 400 alto for Christmas back in '63 or '64. 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. Gwindplayer: maker of Custom Classic GW handcrafted hard rubber mouthpieces. I guess that there's no way to know this for certain unless you have first hand information! Of course I had to call the office and have them send down the inspection record for that horn. Cannonballs are really pretty so thats a plus but I really like their vintage series. Hodges was also featured on soprano saxophone, but refused to play soprano after 1946. Hodges always sounded like Hodges, regardless of the setup. Jazz don't sleep...Mingus never slept. They play very nicely and have a nice sound and are good for the price. No matter what horn he played he could crank it or be soft and lyrical. 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. I believe that he used a Buescher very early in his career, but his main horn was a Vito "System" horn. But just for the record, what mouthpiece did Rabbit play? For those of you that are really into the sax, we also had a visit from Sigurd Rascher around that same time. Johnny Hodges and his Orchestra was the most successful of the Ellington spin-off bands, waxing some 50 sides between 1937-41. 1967 Preview SONG TIME Take 'Em Off, Take 'Em Off, Pt. I could be way out, but that's what it looks like and I think it would make sense for his sound... Later/bit more digging: there's definitely more than one!! The Buescher Aristocrats and 400's were being made there at that time. He sounds similar on each horn. ", https://www.juilliard.edu/music/faculty/farber-andy, https://www.bmi.com/genres/entry/meet_andy_farber_ted_nash, https://www.facebook.com/Andy-Farber-his-Orchestra-25493119373/?fref=ts, VerticalScope Inc., 111 Peter, Suite 901, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1, Canada. Gwindplayer: maker of Custom Classic GW handcrafted hard rubber mouthpieces. First, learn your instrument. . 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 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". Other modern horns I would recommend are keilwerth and cannonball. :treble: Tomo: Razzy is right . I've seen early clips of him using Buescher with split bell keys and a Conn, early 6M. Most likely a Tonelin. A subreddit to discuss music, tips and tricks, or just general knowledge about saxophone! 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. Wow..... just watched him play Isfahan on You Tube..... incredible saxophone player. The only horn that has the Buescher sound is a Buescher. Hodges played a Buescher Big B Aristocrat (late 1930's model), and I THINK he used a Brilhart mouthpiece. I also owned one of these altos. Sure enough, it was one that I had assembled seems like a couple years earlier. Since i'd like to know too i'm bumping this hoping someone will notice and know for sure. Johnny Hodges used a Brilhart mouthpiece modified to implement a tenor reed. 3:39 PREVIEW Take 'Em Off, Take 'Em Off, Pt. He had a full pearled (a la king super 20 or conn virtuoso deluxe) Big B aristocrat alto wich of course was made specially for him. 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. 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. We worked on his alto and he played for us also. The mouthpiece isn't important. They are usually bright. http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=37973&highlight=coleman+hawkins+conn%27s, VerticalScope Inc., 111 Peter, Suite 901, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1, Canada. 1 (Remastered) 1. by connsaxman_jim (2336 posts) 15 years ago Re: What mouthpiece and brand sax did Johnny Hodges play. 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. Buescher true tones are also very nice and relatively cheap but finding one thats in good tune can be difficult. As for vintage to start there is selmer. you won't sound like Hodges until you THINK like Hodges; even then, you may never make it (few do).