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Conn Saxophone Conversion

Monday, August 17, 2015

As sax players we are all searching for the "Holy Grail" of saxophones.   Ask most people what their ultimate sax would be and the usual answer is "a Selmer Mark VI from 1956-1962".
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How to fix the octave key on saxophone

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

My saxophone worked fine yesterday but today I can't get a note out of it.  As a repair man this is something I hear all the time. The good news is that more often than not, this is due to octave key problems - and they are easy to fix when you know how.
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How to fix a saxophone neck cork

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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Replacing a saxophone neck cork

Friday, April 17, 2015

A missing cork can render your saxophone clunky and unplayable but it’s a relatively easy and quick fix.  Our saxophones have a number of small corks that help the mechanism to work accurately and quietly. It’s not uncommon to have some of these fall off from time to time, or simply wear out from use.
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How to care for your saxophone finish

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

One of the first things we notice about a saxophone is it’s finish.   And there are loads of options here both on vintage and new horns from bare brass to silver and gold plating and a variety of lacquered finishes. But few how do you properly care for the finish on our saxophones and how does the finish effect the sound that comes out of the horn?
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How to clean your saxophone pads

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Most of us are guilty of not spending too much time thinking about our saxophones.  Don’t worry, you’re not alone if you agree with this. Let’s face it. Trumpet players are used to taking their three valves out regularly to clean them.
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Should I Oil My Saxophone?

Saturday, January 03, 2015

One of the simplest things to do when it comes to maintaining your saxophone is oiling. And yet, it is so often overlooked or carried out incorrectly.   Although most of us would agree that oiling your saxophone seems like the right thing to do, few of us are clear about how to do it properly, or how often it should be done.
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Simon Niblock

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Stephen Power

Susanne Pearce

Craig Buhler

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