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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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Acclimating to Your Horn

Even after 43 years of repairing wind instruments, I continue to be reminded of subtle details of playing these instruments. Today I am addressing woodwind instruments and specifically saxophones because I have had so many sax repad jobs come into … Continue reading

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A recent repair. A 1944 Selmer “55” Clarinet

This is a Selmer “model 55” clarinet that came into the shop last week. I did an overhaul on it meaning it was disassembled, the instrument is washed to remove the mold, (see the lower photo) the barrel, body and … Continue reading

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Heading to a Wedding on the Outer Banks

I will be out of the shop Friday the 3rd and Monday the 6th. However, the wild and ever vigilant Martha will be here, both days, from 8:30am – 1:30pm. So, please call for an appointment if you have something … Continue reading

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