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Fallopian Tubas!

My wife, Vanessa, went to the Women’s March in Washington, DC a couple of weeks and this was one of the numerous things that she saw. So very musical, don’t you  think?

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If you play an instrument made of grenadilla wood (Clarinet, Oboe an English horn)

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Looking for an Instrument?

If you are on the hunt for a instrument for yourself or your student, well, I might have what you seek. First, check my list of instruments which is to the right of this post. Piccolos, flutes, clarinets, bass clarinets, … Continue reading

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Oboes! Are they Satan’s Instrument? Well, yea!

Here’s one that you don’t see everyday. These photos are of a student model oboe specifically the upper and lower joints of the oboe. I am focusing on the center of the photo where the upper and lower joints come … Continue reading

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Seasonal Saxes

As the seasons change so does my Saxophone Yard Art. All summer my trio of green Bundy II alto saxes greeted my clients as they entered my driveway. Now that it’s fall the saxes have changed to reflect the season. … Continue reading

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Somebody Mugged My Trombone

The continuing Before & After photos. These parts are from the same trombone. Photo 1 is of a dented trombone bell. When the student put the horn in the case he didn’t remove the mouthpiece from the hand slide section … Continue reading

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An Old Red Saxophone. Why is it red?

This is an old Buescher tenor sax that is from one of the local schools. Normally when you see a sax it is a shiny, gold color which is actually brass. The sax is shiny because the brass has been … Continue reading

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You have a dirty, dirty horn!

Once again I present to you some “Before & After” photos. These are the rotors from a Paxman French horn that came into the shop last week. The first photo shows the rotors from a double horn and as you … Continue reading

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What Happened to my Bass Clarinet?

Before and After pictures. Aren’t they the best? Today you are looking at a Vito bass clarinet which is made of ABS plastic. This bass clarinet has an upper joint & a lower joint just like a regular Bb clarinet … Continue reading

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What Brands Of Horns Should Be Avoided!

Here is a list that I put together, in about an hour this morning, of instrument brands that should be avoided like the plague. I’m sure that there are other brands that I have missed but this list should cover … Continue reading

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