Bob Franceschini Pedal Setup

A lot of saxophone players are using pedals to change their sounds and stuff. I found the video below where they guy is going through equipment setup of Dennis Chambers and Victor Wooten for an upcoming gig of Victor Wooten’s Trio (which is most excellent by the way). Anyhow, they focus for a few seconds on Bob Franceschini’s (the saxophone player in the trio) pedals. From what I see, he is using the following:

  • Eventide H9
  • Line 6 DL4
  • TC Electronic Ditto Looper Pedal
  • MXR M82 Bass Envelope Filter
  • Morley ABY Switcher
  • Xotic EP Booster Pedal
  • Dunlop DVP4 volume pedal
  • Digitech CR7 HardWire Stereo Chorus

The first part of the video there is a Line 6 M9 (like what Jeff Coffin uses) shown, but it appears not to be set up. I think there is also a Dual DI box under the Booster pedal(?), but there is one pedal, left of the Eventide I’m clueless on. Anyhow, check out the video, and see.

Michael Brecker Band Lugano Switzerland 1989

I had a “boot leg” of this concert for a while, and the great Louis Gerrits actually found most of the concert footage. Amazing stuff. Highly suggest you check out Louis’s channel for some more amazing Brecker videos.

Derek Brown Clinic at Sax Boutique Moscow 3/9/2017

Derek is my new favorite saxophone guy. Someone get him some more water!

The State Of Saxophone Mutes

Let’s face it, trumpets and trombones have some great practice items. All kinds of practice mutes, and then you have the pretty cool Yamaha Silent Brass system. But what is there for saxophone?

You can get these “mutes“. But honestly, they aren’t going to do much if anything. Maybe the low Bb will be damped, but if you are practicing palm keys stuff……forget about it. There is the E-Sax practice thing, but that seems to be for Alto sax? No tenor sax? And there seems to be this bag, the Oval Saxophone mute. But it doesn’t seem unavailable to purchase? Not sure how much damping it does.

The most promising muting device is the Saxmute ONE for alto and tenor saxophones. At almost the price of the E-Sax mute, it doesn’t have the bells and whistles the E-Sax mute has like a built in mac, line in, or reverb. Though I’m not sure how good those things are on the E-Sax Mute. The Saxmute ONE seems bigger, and has a TON of padding in it (check out the Facebook page). And one reviewer did mod his Saxmute ONE out with a microphone setup.

So…..I guess there are three choices?……:-/