I’m a sax player. And like most sax players, I love looking at new equipment when it comes out. Reeds, mouthpieces, necks, pads, microphone systems, you name it, I’ve probably looked at it lovingly, thinking that just buying that thing would take my playing to the next level.
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I caught myself this morning looking longingly at the new Theo Wanne Mantra tenor sax range and wondering if I should consider selling my beloved P. Mauriat in favor of a Mantra. Mind you, I’ve only had my current horn for about two years.
And I’m not alone. Most professional players are almost legendary in their pursuit of the ultimate sound. Legend has it that Michael Brecker, probably the greatest tenor player of our age, collected hundreds of mouthpieces in his search for excellence. He also purchased and later resold hundreds of saxophones, always returning to his original instrument.
In most circles, this is known as GAS, short for Gear Acquisition Syndrome.