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    I have had good success getting nickle silver...

    I have had good success getting nickle silver plate back to its original shine by buffing with Music Medic blue compound.
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    Believe me, mine is a love/hate relationship with...

    Believe me, mine is a love/hate relationship with silver instruments. I love how they look when polished, but I hate the maintenance to keep them looking that way. One of the best products I have...
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    Acoustics of palm key tonehole placement

    I have believed for quite some time that the reason the palm key tonehole placements are so low on the body tube as to cause the notes to sound extremely flat in the first octave (without the octave...
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    Finally got around to my own sax

    I have been making friends and customer's saxes look good for quite some time while neglecting my own, so I decided to clean and polish my Selmer SBA alto for the first time since it was overhauled...
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    Anything by Ware S. Mahorn is also good. Here is...

    Anything by Ware S. Mahorn is also good. Here is one of my favorites:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgQu-SzBAMM
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    Only the director knows the instrumentation,...

    Only the director knows the instrumentation, balance, strengths and weaknesses of each section to pick the "right" pieces for the current group. My mentor taught me that a concert or festival is a...
  7. Thread: clarinet pitch

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    In case it still isn't clear. The Bb clarinet is...

    In case it still isn't clear. The Bb clarinet is a transposing instrument. To sound a Concert F (the pitch on a piano) the clarinet plays its written G. To sound a Concert Bb the clarinet plays its...
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    A fast method would be to remove the octave key...

    A fast method would be to remove the octave key and give the neck a wipe down with Tarnex using a small sponge. Rinse that off and dry the neck. Then use any gentle silver polish such as Haggertys...
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    According to my Terapeak Research service, in the...

    According to my Terapeak Research service, in the past 90 days there have been 8 King Super 20 tenors sold on Ebay. The only silversonic sold for $5000. The other 7 "regular" Super 20's ranged from...
  10. Thread: Embouchure help

    by jbtsax
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    As long as you don't try to buzz your lips into...

    As long as you don't try to buzz your lips into the clarinet mouthpiece you should be fine. :) Seriously, there is surprisingly a lot of transfer between the clarinet embouchure and the french horn...
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    Leblanc Semi-Rationale

    I just picked up a Leblanc Semi-Rationale alto. Does anyone have any experience with these or information they can share? Pictures will be coming when I can find some time.
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    If you want to sound like a french horn, put your...

    If you want to sound like a french horn, put your hand in the bell and play a lot of wrong notes. :-D

    Seriously, in my college symphonic band, the director had the saxophone section use "donut...
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    You also want to try to relax the wrists, hands,...

    You also want to try to relax the wrists, hands, and fingers when you hold the clarinet. The RH thumb tends to get a bit sore holding the weight of the clarinet until a callous develops. Inserting...
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    My "Naked" Saxophone

    Here is my newest acquisition from Ebay, a naked keyless alto saxophone. This was made in Taiwan and imported by Saxophone.com in Las Vegas, Nevada. I paid a bit more than I wanted to at $375 for a...
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    The worst part is that the seller is French!!! :eek:
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    Much of the literature for the saxophone in the...

    Much of the literature for the saxophone in the 1920's was intended for a display of "virtuosity" on the instrument similar to the pieces played by Rudy Weidoeft and as such included a good deal of...
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    Nice work. Very creative.

    Nice work. Very creative.
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    I agree with the Cybersax method, only I would...

    I agree with the Cybersax method, only I would caution not to use material that is too tight or too hard between the box and the case. I shipped an alto once that way and rather than absorbing the...
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    Nice review. I like the idea that a professional...

    Nice review. I like the idea that a professional repair tech assembles the instrument checking for and fixing manufacturing glitches even before it is adjusted and regulated. The price point in US...
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    I have used the plastic Rico Reedguards for...

    I have used the plastic Rico Reedguards for years. In my view they are superior to the older style aluminum ones that could get bent.
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    I forgot to add that a leak somewhere in the...

    I forgot to add that a leak somewhere in the system near the top of the sax can create "resistance" throughout its range. A common one that is often missed is a leak in the neck tenon. The neck can...
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    It is my understanding from reading Benade that...

    It is my understanding from reading Benade that the "acoustic efficiency" of a saxophone (or any woodwind for that matter) has to do with the "harmonicity" of each of its notes based upon its...
  23. Thread: YAS-21 Overhaul

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    That is actually the original keyguard with...

    That is actually the original keyguard with threaded bumper sockets pirated from other keyguards soldered in place. None of the keyguards I tried lined up well enough to be an adequate substitution....
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    Some excellent musical bucket list ideas Pete. I...

    Some excellent musical bucket list ideas Pete. I hope they come to fruition for you. I'm reminded of a joke told by Jerry Seinfeld, he said he used to worry all the time about his bucket list till...
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    My wishes to all of you in a song. ...

    My wishes to all of you in a song.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcDBVbj2If4
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