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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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Some Great Horns that I have for sale!

Here are a few of the instruments that I have for sale. 1 – Selmer Reference 54 Alto Saxophone – mint condition 2 – Yamaha YBS-52 Baritone Saxophone – plays great – SOLD 3 – Bach Stradivarius Trumpet, model 43, … Continue reading

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Olympic Torch, Playing a gig and Selling a baritone sax! Whew!

This past weekend was busy, a blur and fun. Saturday started for me at noon. I participated in, I believe, the 2nd C’ville Repair Cafe. You can bring things and get them repaired for free. For example; a hole in … Continue reading

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Cville Repair Cafe – Today – 3/5/16

Here is where I’ll be today. Bring your recalcitrant horns by for me to evaluate. If it is a minor repair I might be able to do it on the spot.   Cville Repair Café Saturday, March 05 noon – … Continue reading

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Conn “40B” Trumpet

Ok, this is my latest acquisition, a Conn “40B” trumpet. This horn was made circa 1932 and is covered with incredibly ornate engraving. Notice the 1st photo below and you will see the Greek god Pan sitting and playing his … Continue reading

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