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    I think you might be the only one in the...

    I think you might be the only one in the "contest". :)
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    Is she celebrating your birthday or hers? That's...

    Is she celebrating your birthday or hers? That's the question. :)
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    He who dies owning the most tárogatók wins. (Or...

    He who dies owning the most tárogatók wins. (Or have I used that joke before?)

    While we are on the subject, I have gone back to the tárogató you sold me Toby and I am working on smoothing and...
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    I did a bit of research on African single reed...

    I did a bit of research on African single reed and double reed instruments and none sounded even remotely like the one on the recording.
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    Boy can I identify with Carl. I absolutely abhor...

    Boy can I identify with Carl. I absolutely abhor change, so when I find a shoe I like, I buy at least 6 pair. I need to start doing that with wristwatches too since they change styles even more...
  6. Thread: * Glub * Glub *

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    "This is a hell of a way to run a desert." A...

    "This is a hell of a way to run a desert." A quote by our late governor Scott Matheson when sandbags were put up on both sides of a street running through Salt Lake City to form a river rushing...
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    I have received the sets of 2 of these "screws"...

    I have received the sets of 2 of these "screws" in 3 different thread sizes. The are "ergonomically" comfortable to use. You actually "roll" the round portion between your thumb and forefinger...
  8. Thread: repair opinion

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    Selmer has fulfilled its obligation under the...

    Selmer has fulfilled its obligation under the warranty that came with the instrument. There is no chance that either the Selmer Company or the vendor would reimburse you for "accelerated...
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    I would put it this way: A leak free saxophone...

    I would put it this way: A leak free saxophone in top mechanical condition helps to facilitate a player playing his/her best. Or you could say a saxophone in that condition removes obsticles that...
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    :) :)

    :) :)
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    Those are excellent points in that article. ...

    Those are excellent points in that article. There is another dimension to sight reading besides rhythms. That is being technically comfortable in all keys and with reading accidentals. My sight...
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    Some interesting comments, Pete. In my repair...

    Some interesting comments, Pete. In my repair work I find that the spring force required to lift and reopen the key quickly and to its full position is also very important. Bell keys are an...
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    Glib answer: They already have those. They are...

    Glib answer: They already have those. They are called "fingers" of players who use "gorilla grip". :)

    Serious answer: Cannonball's stone key touches already do that to a degree. Some players...
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    I'm quite sure they both work on the same...

    I'm quite sure they both work on the same principal.
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    Ergonomic Heavy Mass Saxophone Neck Screw

    Meridian Winds Ergonomic Heavy Mass Saxophone Neck Screw Breakthrough in acoustic science or simply "bling". What are your thoughts?
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    Wow. Phoenix is supposed to be a desert. I...

    Wow. Phoenix is supposed to be a desert. I guess the only other disasters are the haboobs. (I like that name.) My daughter and granddaughter live in Phoenix. I need to give them a call. I 15 one...
  17. Who are you?

    Who are you?
  18. Thread: Favorite Cases

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    In the repair trade we call "gig bags" job...

    In the repair trade we call "gig bags" job security. :twisted:
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    I read the article on your website Helen. It...

    I read the article on your website Helen. It raised some interesting questions in my mind related to what I was taught about tone production and what I have learned studying saxophone acoustics. It...
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    The most common saxophone to start on is the...

    The most common saxophone to start on is the alto. The size, price, availability, and abundance of literature make it a good choice for most players starting out. That said, if someone strongly...
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    I'm surprised no one has answered this by now. The alto saxophone transposes up a 6th. That means if the saxophone is playing in its key of D, then the concert pitch can be found a 6th lower (or a...
  22. Thread: YAS-21 Overhaul

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    YAS-21 Overhaul

    My 16 year old grandson worked as an apprentice with me in my saxophone repair shop this summer. His main assignment was to overhaul a "junk" YAS-21 I picked up on Ebay for about $60. It had body...
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    One way to learn the "taste" of the harmonic is...

    One way to learn the "taste" of the harmonic is to first hold the note with its regular fingering and then quickly switch to the fingering of the low note whose harmonic you are trying to play. Once...
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    Removing a key from a woodwind instrument

    If you use "teflon powder" in the manner I prescribed in the previous post, you will have no problems. I know this from experience.
  25. At this point I would remove the G# key from the...

    At this point I would remove the G# key from the sax and look at the pad under magnification. I would also check the tonehole rim inside and out for burrs. Once the pad is off the sax you can clean...
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