Why do you need Bob Ackerman?
Bob Ackerman, Vintage instrument expert, master jazz musician, and Chase
Music & Cadence recording artist, has devoted most of his life to developing
his perceptions with regard to quality musical instruments. He is a featured
columnist in the Saxophone Journal & has done several Master Class CDs
for SJ and Jazz Player. Select Vintage instruments are restored and taken
to a whole new level of excellence. Bob Ackerman is your answer for ALL
your woodwind needs!
Please Note: You can now purchase directly from us all of the Saxophone Journal articles and CDs. The Jazz Player play along CD will be included as a bonus. This is a fine learning tool, with a rhythm section of Kent Glenn on piano, Cameron Brown on bass, Walter Perkins on drums and Vic Juris on guitar, Bob on woodwinds and some really challenging original compositions.
Comparison of Instruments
30's silver plated & lacquered Conns
40's & 50's Buescher, Conn, King & Martin
40's, 50's, 60's & 70's Selmer
Newer Yamaha, Yanagasawa & Selmer
Are instruments more expensive from Progressive Winds?
We sell all price ranges of saxophones - from inexpensive to expensive.
The reason? Because of the work that goes into bringing the instruments
up to the highest standard possible before it is sold. Therefore, pricing
levels are different for each instrument. Progressive Winds is very competitive
and aggressive with their pricing structure. And don't forget that we are
happy to take trade-ins and horns on consignment.
Buy / Sell Vintage Horns & Mouthpieces
When you buy a vintage sax, $400 to $800 of the cost should be the Set Up;
the right pads, resonators (style, size, yes or no), springs, key height,
ergonomics, the right mouthpiece, etc. I hear of so many people buying a
horn that they know nothing about which ends up not playing for them. With
the advent of the internet, most businesses that are in the middle, selling
products that others have manufactured are in trouble. Most people now believe
they can buy direct and save money. And this is true assuming you really
know your subject, whether you are buying or selling. But be aware …
There is a great deal to know.
We are a service business. If you own an instrument & it isn’t
playing correctly, contact us for help. Remember there is no substitute
for hands on service and help. The internet is best for the initial contact
We are a rich source for saxes, clarinets, flutes and mouthpieces. And since
vintage original mouthpieces are getting so rare, we make our own mouthpieces,
focusing on traditional-vintage designs. At our shop you will find a great
collection of vintage American horns and Selmers.
Why is this?
Because our inventory is the result of 20+ years of trading, buying, selling
and playing vintage instruments and mouthpieces. I know what these instruments
and mouthpieces do because I have played them all at one time or another.
Just ask my wife. I am a maniac for exploring their different characteristics.
It is one of my passions. I have 4 Masterclass CDs for the Saxophone Journal
exploring various horns and mouthpieces. (CLICK
HERE for more info) So we have a quality collection. We have the right
numbers of the best models.
But here is my main point.
I would like to see everyone take advantage of the opportunity to compare
the various personalities that vintage saxes offer. I believe that playing
on vintage models should be a part of every serious player’s education.
It is our heritage and without firm rooting in our subject like this, it
is easy to get boxed in. This experience will definitely give your music
a more distinctive sound.
At Progressive Winds
You can still use careful selection as the method of purchasing your instrument. If you have learned the value of vintage saxes, we are the place to come. Where else can you see and play most of the good models in one day? We are 20 minutes from NYC, right off the Garden State Parkway.
Call us today for an appointment. 610-419-0040
I started playing saxophone at age nine in New Jersey. I like to tell the
story of how me and my little brother would tell our mother we were playing
ball and then hop a train to New York where we would stand outside and listen
to Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldrige, and Gene Krupa during the Saturday matinees
at the Metropole. It was about this same time that I discovered Bird and
that was that. "Listening to those guys, I knew what I wanted to do."
Educated at Columbia University, I studied privately on woodwinds with Joe
Allard, composition with Arthur Murphy, and classical flute with Tom Nyfenger
and Alan Winkleman and most recently with Keith Underwood. I soon found
myself working with such diverse artists as Phillip Glass and Steve Reich,
Joe Morello, Mike Mellillo, John Coates and Chet Baker. Most recently I
have recorded with Mike Richmond, Wilber Morris, Denis Charles and Bob Kaplan,
Rudy Petschauer, Adam Scone, Cameron Brown, Walter Perkins, and Vic Juris.
I consider myself to be a prolific composer, (3 tunes of which are on my
CD, Big Daddy). I have received a Ford Foundation Grant and a National Endowment
Grant for these compositions.
In 1975, I met and married Pam Purvis, and since that time we have worked
together, developing a musical approach involving the voice and horn in
duet, using especially the clarinet because it blends well with the timbre
of Pam's voice and also because it has been largely neglected by jazz reed
players. I feel that I can play the clarinet in a way that will appeal to
even the die-hard sax lovers. It is an incredibly expressive and beautiful
instrument. On the subject of music; "We want our music to swing and
get you moving, but we are also interested in subtleties of color, harmony
I am a musician's musician, being a prolific composer, arranger, and the
master of soprano, alto, tenor, bari saxophone; bass and Bb clarinet; soprano,
alto, and bass flute; all of which can be heard at one time or another on
my various recordings.
I now have 5 Master Class Articles/CDs for the Sax Journal:
Using Vintage Saxophones in Jazz Improvization
Great Horns of America
The Tenor Sax Mouthpiece (16 Vintage tenor pieces)
The Historical Development and Use of 14 Jazz Alto Mouthpieces
**** These 5 Article/CD projects can now be purchased directly for us for
$50. + S/H of $10.00 and as a thank you we will include my Jazz Player play-along
CD which has Cameron Brown on bass, Walter Perkins on drums, Vic Juris on
guitar, Kent Glenn on piano, and myself on woodwinds.****
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