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A lot of work on a classic older horn!

This is a 1941 Buescher “Big B” Alto Sax which some consider to be a tremendous playing instrument. As I got into disassembling it, cleaning it, repadding it, etc., I ran into more problems than I initially saw during my … Continue reading

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Well yea! I already know that.

A friend and follow musician sent this out recently. Well, of course I believe it to be true. William G. Posey January 16 at 9:01am Something we all probably knew: Improvisation may give jazz artists a creative boost not seen … Continue reading

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You repair recorders? Well, Yes I Do!

I would like to add recorders to my resume of instruments, and other things, that I repair. This particular one is a Kung bass recorder which is Swiss made, three piece instrument. I’m sure you are asking yourself, “What does … Continue reading

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Contrabass Flute – Yes they do exist!!!!

Last week I had this leviathan of an instrument come into the shop for repair. It is truely a contrabass flute. You probably will not see someone busking on a street corner with one of these however, if you get … Continue reading

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A Fox Contrabassoon

I was at a NAPBIRT seminar a few weeks ago and saw this. Oh, NAPBIRT stands for National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians. Really! The seminar was at UNC Greensboro, NC. One of the speakers was Chip Owen … Continue reading

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Selmer “Cigar Cutter” Alto Sax

I had an interesting sax come into the shop a couple of weeks ago. It is a Selmer “Cigar Cutter” sometimes called a Selmer “Super” sax. I haven’t seen many of these, over my 45 years of repairing, primarily because … Continue reading

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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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