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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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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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