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Replacing a Trombone Inner & Outer Slides

In the process of replacing the inner slide I ended up on a bizarre treasure hunt, as you will see below. I knew that something was stuck inside the inner slide but I didn’t know what and didn’t really care. … Continue reading

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A Silver Conn 10M Tenor Sax

Here is a Conn 10M tenor sax which was made in the 1936. It was in the shop last week for a little tune up. Notice in the midst of the engraving on the bell there is a pentagon. Inside … Continue reading

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Not Only Do I Repair Wind Instruments……………………

My wife, Vanessa, was on the hunt for a nice trash can for a house warming gift, specifically a metalic one. All the ones she found were crazy expensive. Finally she discovered this one which was marked down because of … Continue reading

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19th Century Besson Cornet

This is an interesting, very old instrument. It is a Besson “Prototype” Cornet which was made in London, and I mean London, England not London, Kentucky. The serial number tells me that it was made at the end of the … Continue reading

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The Cost of Repairing an Instrument verses the Cost of Buying an Instrument!

I know that school has just ended and your aspiring instrumentalist will most likely pitch their instrument in the closet and not think of it until the fall. In actuality we only have about 3 months before school starts again. … Continue reading

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Mary Baldwin University 175th Commencement Ceremony

Last Sunday I was asked to play baritone sax with the Stonewall Brigade Band, in Staunton, VA, for the Mary Baldwin University 175th Commencement ceremony. We played a variety of marches and ceremonial music. I mean, how often do you … Continue reading

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Why a beginning player needs a perfect playing instrument!

A parent or grandparent walks into my shop and is interested in purchasing an instrument for a student to play. The first thing they say is, “I looking for an instrument for my son/daughter for band. It doesn’t have to … Continue reading

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Beignets, Cafe Au Lait and the JazzFest

Back from New Orleans baby! Tons of history, boatloads of music and a veritable plethora of food filled our four days in the Crescent City. I played with four different bands during our visit. Each group was dramatically different and … Continue reading

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Repaired a Mauriat PMB-300UL Baritone Sax

This past Sunday Kit French was in town playing with Parachute at the Jefferson Theater. Kit does sax, piano and vocals in the band. He brought his Mauriat baritone sax by the shop for a bit of rapid repair work. … Continue reading

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Clean Me Up!

Before and after! This flute is destined to become part of an art project at my house. The top photo is before the flute was cleaned and, of course, the lower photo is after the flute was cleaned. This is … Continue reading

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