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e-Sax for alto saxophone ( type II )

e-Sax Alto


e-Sax for alto saxophone, we've released a new version as type II.
You can practice saxophone whenever and wherever you want with our e-Sax. The complete portable and soundproof system e-Sax is the most innovative product for saxophone from BEST BRASS. You can put your saxophone into e-Sax body simply and you’ll hear a sound like talking in whispers (approx -25dB) with adopting acoustic whisper system from the earphones or without earphone so rich and full you’ll think you are standing on a concert hall stage.

You can mix into the sounds of a CD player or other audio device, and output your playing into a audio device or even an amp with speakers. You don't need to search for a special practice room anymore. Created by designer Shinji Hamanaga, e-Sax has none of that stuffy restricted feeling of conventional practice whisper system. It blows so close to a natural open sound that you simply won't believe it until you actually experience it for yourself. Play high or low, loud or soft, and your pitch will remain true and centered. A special microphone inside the mute relays your sound to e-Sax even your saxophone blows well inside e-Sax.

With this new type II, we have developed the part of neck holding stand and bottom pad more safety and strong to support the saxophone inside. And also we designed body shell to pronounce easily in low register.
Also we adopted the hand packing rubber from very popular e-Sax for tenor saxophone so that you both hands moves freely and improved the flexbilities.

carrying way

The new invention is a metronome function with light emitting diode so you can check the speed of playing by your eyes. And a volume knob and an echo switch with 3 modes are added. The player can play along with their favorite song in practice and performance settings and put the fun back in their practice sessions. Also we adopted the new material of rubber sponge for the part you put your hand in so your both hand can move more flexibility and comfortable than ever.

Questions for e-Sax

price
JPY 50,000
weight
2,310g
On sale
1st Dec, 2007

e-Sax for tenor saxophone

e-Sax for tenor saxphone

You can practice saxophone whenever and wherever you want with our e-Sax. The complete portable and soundproof system e-Sax is the most innovative product for saxophone from BEST BRASS. You can put your saxophone into e-Sax body simply and you’ll hear a sound like talking in whispers (approx -25dB) from the earphones or without earphone so rich and full you’ll think you are standing on a concert hall stage.

You can mix into the sounds of a CD player or other audio device, and output your playing into a audio device or even an amp with speakers. You don't need to search for a special practice room anymore. Created by designer Shinji Hamanaga, e-Sax has none of that stuffy restricted feeling of conventional practice whisper system. It blows so close to a natural open sound that you simply won't believe it until you actually experience it for yourself. Play high or low, loud or soft, and your pitch will remain true and centered. A special microphone inside the mute relays your sound to e-Sax.

carrying method

The new invention is a metronome function with light emitting diode so you can check the speed of playing by your eyes. And a volume knob and an echo switch with 3 modes are added. The player can play along with their favorite song in practice and performance settings and put the fun back in their practice sessions. Also we adopted the new material of rubber sponge for the part you put your hand in so your both hand can move more flexibility and comfortable than ever.

Questions for e-Sax

price
JPY 59,000
weight
3,330g
On sale
1st July, 2007

Function/Feature

module UM-4/AAA alkali battery x 2

  • Adopted new form of neck support stand
  • protect your instrument with rubber sponge
  • bottom pad for protect your instrument made by resin
  • play in sittingcomfortable style when sitting
  • play in standing(left)
  • play in standing(right)

Steam Absorbing Examination by humidifier

result of examinationThe picture shows that the steam is leaking using the polyester cotton (pic on left) because the moisture absorption does not work.
On the other picture (on right) shows the High moisture absorbing exothermic fiber using for e-Sax absorbs the moisture completely due to high hygroscopicity. This hygroscopic fiber performs highest value in an existing fiber in this world. Moreover, this fiber is safe used for medical treatment and bedclothes.
(The picture was provided from fiber manufacture)

To everyone who uses e-Sax for the first time

For the first time when using e-Sax, because of the sound deadening effect, you may blow louder than usual. As a result, the sound that comes out of e-Sax wouldn't be deadened effectively, and you would be hard to blow. To avoid that problem, using the headphones is recommended when you play the instrument with e-Sax. You have the natural state of playing when a small voice leaks from e-Sax. Relax your body, and enjoy the effective practice. The distortion noise occurs in the headphones when you play at full blast or increase too much volume. When the batteries are running low at high volume, the sound from the headphones stops suddenly. This is not a failure of the sound module, but the function of the protection circuit. Exchange the batteries for brand-new ones of the same type in such a case. The battery life changes by the use conditions, and it becomes short in use of the higher volume.

Evaluation

Atsuyasu Kitayama

Mr. Atsuyasu Kitayama ( Professor of Faculty of Education, Shizuoka University Saxophone player)

e-Sax announced in the autumn of 2 years ago became so popular among alto saxophone players with its beautiful form and marvelous whisper effect. Of course, the sound does not disappear completely even it is called "silencer". At beginning, I could hear the rumor about this product that "you can hear the sound!" as dissatisfactions but I could say that this fantastic product is the epoch-making item for saxophone players without spoiling the original sound of saxophone and controlled the volume. So many opinions which had released from the troubles finding the place and time for practice are proved e-Sax is one of best item for practicing saxophone in anytime anywhere.

Then, it might be a common result everybody wants e-Sax for tenor saxophone in next. Meanwhile, Mr. Hamanaga exerted every his possible effort to develop e-Sax for tenor saxophone reflected in my opinion by many testing to the product. And final completed e-Sax for tenor saxophone was more completeness than e-Sax for alto saxophone. I could feel the comfortable to blow easy from low register and the finishing style was perfect even for holding and maintenance. e-Sax for tenor saxophone is fantastic second version product which only musical instrument player can design this product as a craftsman. The sound module is equipped as same as e-Sax for alto. In my personal opinion, I would rather to play saxophone with e-Sax with much fun even the small sound is leaking from the body but it would be convenient for other players listening the sound from his earphone through inner microphone mixing with the sound of karaoke CD or practicing with metronome function. Anyway, it is a good news for the people who has been expecting the appearance of e-Sax for tenor saxophone.

>link to his personal website (written in Japanese)

Note : Silencer of brass instruments is used the closed shank mode, not sound mode as usual. Former Brass Instrument Silences (including Silent Brass, e-Brass etc) were the invention of Shinji Hamanaga.
Note : "Silent Brass" is registered trademark of Yamaha Corp.

Evaluation

Atsuyasu Kitayama

Mr. Atsuyasu Kitayama ( Professor of Faculty of Education, Shizuoka University Saxophone player)

It was a long cherished dream for saxophone player in the world to appear the silencer for saxophone like e-Sax. However, the method of mute the sound for woodwind instrument like saxophone was devised in covering the whole instrument by the box or other mufferling method which is different from other brass instrument silencer. There was a sort of silencer which was mute the sound covered with soft case but it was not enough to mute the sound and not enough for silencer so far. In this soft case silencer, a player complained for playing in low register or unstable pitch.


It has passed 5 years already to cooperate with Mr. Hamanaga to develop e-Sax. The process to accomplish the final style of e-Sax was a repetition of disappointment and the expectation. What I have been telling to him was I want him to design the silencer of saxophone enable to play in all register and the style should be called "the music instrument". And finally Mr. Hamanaga splendidly solved this difficult theme as an inventor of "Silent Brass" with his boast and pride. I really admire his indomitable developer's spirit. I sincere express my regard to the company cooperated with this development for Zenon Music Company Ltd. Moreover, it tenders an apology to the whole tone score publisher that cooperates in this development.

> link to his personal website (written in Japanese)

Yuya Yoneda

Mr. Yuya Yoneda (Saxophone player)

I was deeply moved by the firm straight sound from earphone I blew using e-Sax. I could record the sound and could play with your favorite CD connecting with other audio devices. it was truly a case of killing two birds with one stone for me !! I can practice with this e-Sax anytime without any modesty to neighbors. I really recommend e-Sax absolutely !!

His profile
Born in 1983. He was playing piano by the age of 3 years old and at 9 years old, he started to play saxophone. In 2001, he entered Kunitachi College of Music and joined to New Tide Jazz Orchestra. During his university days, he won the best soloist award in the 35th Yamano Big Band Jazz Contest and also the band won the best band award with an interval of 18 years. Since then, he played with Mr. Yosuke Yamashita (pianist) and started as a professional musician. Currently his activity is in Tokyo with Yosuke Yamashita Quartet.

Note : Silencer of brass instruments is used the closed shank mode, not sound mode as usual. Former Brass Instrument Silences (including Silent Brass, e-Brass etc) were the invention of Shinji Hamanaga.
Note : "Silent Brass" is registered trademark of Yamaha Corp.

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