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    If it's really made of Babbitt alloy, be very...

    If it's really made of Babbitt alloy, be very careful with anything that may generate heat around same. True Babbitt alloy will "go soft" while still outwardly retaining its form, and then collapse...
  2. The first step with any bass, even one straight...

    The first step with any bass, even one straight from the arms of Mother Buffet, is to take the thing to a reputable repair person and have them "de-leak" the instrument. Minor leaks due to impacts on...
  3. That production level is in keeping with my...

    That production level is in keeping with my reasoning in the estimate. However, the human tendency to "hold onto" things, even old brass instruments is pretty strong. And, getting rid of them into...
  4. I applied to Selmer, and they customized a case...

    I applied to Selmer, and they customized a case just for me. I don't know if Stan is still there or not, or I'd have inquired.
  5. Well, let's review the protocol that I used. ...

    Well, let's review the protocol that I used.

    My folks attended a variety of high schools in a city that was in the middle tier of US population centers back in the 1930s. In the photos of the...
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    Due to my rapidly developing case of ALS (which...

    Due to my rapidly developing case of ALS (which (by the by) has turned out to be the cause for all of my problems with my airway(s) when blowing on a horn or a wind synth controller), I was issued...
  7. "Booth led boldly, with his big bass drum, Are...

    "Booth led boldly, with his big bass drum,
    Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?"

    My bass sax question is "Where did they all go?"

    The math is posted somewhere else hereon. I used a couple...
  8. Thread: Rampone E Flat

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    If you are used to a Boehm horn (and most who...

    If you are used to a Boehm horn (and most who play clarinet are), then playing an "Albert" will be a different experience. It looks like that one has the patent C# mechanism, a real pleasure to use...
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    Sticky: Our postal system would go nuts with addresses...

    Our postal system would go nuts with addresses like that (the one in the first poster, without a postal code). I always wonder how the Post in the UK manages to get deliveries through.

    I used to...
  10. I've done a few basset horn "gigs", and in every...

    I've done a few basset horn "gigs", and in every case, it was with a university owned horn. In each case, it was a matter of getting the horn, doing a rehearsal or two, playing the concert, and then...
  11. Time for photos of the Selmer matched pair of...

    Time for photos of the Selmer matched pair of full Boehms, I would think...
  12. Thread: YAS-21 Overhaul

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    One of the problems that I have had with my...

    One of the problems that I have had with my Yamaha baritone over the years was that a key bumper (the little red cylinder of felt poked into the center of the adjustment screw "ring") fell out, and I...
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    Back a few years ago, there was a television bit...

    Back a few years ago, there was a television bit honoring the anniversary of Sax's birth. In that bit, there was a short (no more than three or four seconds long) shot that panned down a set of early...
  14. My big problem with the brand was the "sharp...

    My big problem with the brand was the "sharp edges" of the reed. Since they are smooth surfaced (compared to all others that I ever tried) the edges would slowly produce small cuts on both the lower...
  15. Thread: Mazzeo

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    I've never played one of the Signets, but every...

    I've never played one of the Signets, but every Bundy that I've ever handled and played was a mess as well, most certainly not up to the Selmer (Paris) standards.

    My Maezzo is in tune up and down...
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    MORE COWBELL!!!!

    We saw a show here in Pensacola FL the other night, a traveling affair called In The Mood, that was a "big band" operation. (Well, it really was a "little big band" (four saxes, three trumpets, three...
  17. The only problem with the clarinet solution is...

    The only problem with the clarinet solution is the cost. Fortunately, the further away from the horn that you get, the less expensive the solution. So (for example), it costs a lot less to practice...
  18. Thread: Mazzeo

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    I have known the feeling in the past. I loaned...

    I have known the feeling in the past. I loaned out a Selmer USA bass to one of my sax players, who wanted it for his girlfriend to play in a community band. It was just sitting there, so I figured,...
  19. Thread: Mazzeo

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    ...and I (for now, at least) have one of the...

    ...and I (for now, at least) have one of the Selmer (Paris) ones, with silver plated keys (done after a rebuild) and intact operating mechanisms. It's a good horn, but only that - not good enough to...
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    €‹€‹On a horn that age, you would think...

    €‹€‹On a horn that age, you would think that such a part as a joint. However, whilst browsing through the wilds of eBay, I have seen joints for the long-out of production Selmer...
  21. The right hand ring finger is one of the great...

    The right hand ring finger is one of the great weak points of the Boehm clarinet layout. If you don't do the angle right, you'll be lifting every time the little finger comes into action.

    For that...
  22. The great temptation with playing music is to...

    The great temptation with playing music is to assume that money spent will equal skills acquired. Until you know "how" to play clarinet, you don't really know what will work better or worse. And,...
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    I think that you will find the little finger...

    I think that you will find the little finger strategy on both the Albert and the Oehler to be substantially different from that on the Klose/Boehm. I always have recommended the Lazarus method book...
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    The arrangement of the finger holes on an Albert...

    The arrangement of the finger holes on an Albert may cause troubles for someone used to the Klose-Boehm instrument. I'd advise against purchase, but if you can borrow one for a trial, go ahead and...
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    Limited eBay full Boehm instrument sweep

    Today, while waiting for the crowd from the Martin Luther King, Junior Day parade to disperse, I took the time to make a limited eBay sweep, and found the following:

    A full Boehm A, complete with...
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