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    There seems to be a reluctance on the part of...

    There seems to be a reluctance on the part of saxophone stand makers to recognize that there are others out there who play both baritone and clarinet, or baritone and bass clarinet, or bassoon and...
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    Another custom casework problem. When we...

    Another custom casework problem.

    When we moved, I blundered into my carefully preserved notes on the custom case box manufacturer up in WI. I put this all together many years ago, when considering...
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    Actually, I feel the same about the Hercules...

    Actually, I feel the same about the Hercules stands, with the possible exception of their "in the bell" soprano clarinet stands, which (with some minimal modifications) are the most stable of their...
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    The stand undoubtedly works - when the instrument...

    The stand undoubtedly works - when the instrument is properly (and more critically, carefully) placed into the holding mechanism. However, any disturbance (like when an actress breezes through an...
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    FWIW, German is harder. That's because ve...

    FWIW, German is harder.

    That's because ve Chermans are anything but romantic...

    T. Stibal, product of a bizarre combination of South German happiness (Bavarian, actually) and North German...
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    Unique...

    ...has a cache all its own. There will be someone who will want to own the unusual, no matter what the condition.

    And, to be fair, there are plenty of technicians, skilled and otherwise, who are...
  7. You will not use that particular note more than...

    You will not use that particular note more than 0.001% of the time you play the horn (unless you are into some funky jazz performance motif, in which case nothing I say here will matter one way or...
  8. While Selmer discontinued the original...

    While Selmer discontinued the original Klose/Boehm bass clarinet in A to low E, they reintroduced same in the 1970s or 1980s. I played them at several of the ICS shows during the period (Champaign...
  9. If it only extends to low E (rather than low Eb),...

    If it only extends to low E (rather than low Eb), then you have a truly ancient instrument. I have only seen one Boehm horn to low E, although I have seen many (and have owned a few) Alberts that...
  10. Are we discussing a Selmer bass clarinet to low...

    Are we discussing a Selmer bass clarinet to low E, or to low Eb? They once made both styles, you know.
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    Yup. I still have (kept as a souvenir) my...

    Yup. I still have (kept as a souvenir) my Professional Composer, musical keypad, an add-on to the program that made it workable for me, one who has problems using a regular keyboard or numeric pad...
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    In your opinions...

    ...what is the best way to prepare a saxophone for shipment? I have my vintage Conn alto from the 1920s that I am wanting to ship off to my son on the West Coast, and other than the Protec padded...
  13. I had a similar problem with my bass (the stuffy...

    I had a similar problem with my bass (the stuffy B natural below the staff), and it went unaddressed for a long time, to the extent that I just ended up playing the B with the key instead of the...
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    Check the "How Much Is My Horn Worth?" thread for...

    Check the "How Much Is My Horn Worth?" thread for details on how to do this.
  15. My thoughts exactly. It's nickel silver key work,...

    My thoughts exactly. It's nickel silver key work, and well worn in the bargain, so that indicates a well used (and, not necessarily abused) horn. I don't see the auxiliary C#/G# mechanism, and the...
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    The arrangement of the F/C touchpiece on the...

    The arrangement of the F/C touchpiece on the lower joint (with the large round touch piece atop the arm attached to the key cup) and the center pivot on the side trill keys on the upper joint are all...
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    ...but I don't like the clapper keys on the lower...

    ...but I don't like the clapper keys on the lower joint, no way. They bother me a bit on clarinets (including the current model of professional bass being produced by Selmer (Paris), but they really...
  18. I recall pay for the Compton Heights community...

    I recall pay for the Compton Heights community band back in the 1960s, but I've not heard of one since. Compton Heights is a venerable tradition in Saint Louis, although their formerly upscale home...
  19. The Yanko-Spanko War, aka the Spanish American...

    The Yanko-Spanko War, aka the Spanish American War, aka "the last war we didn't really have a decent reason for our participation in, ending a tradition that started with the War of 1812 and...
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    Well, I couldn't get to the parts box (too much...

    Well, I couldn't get to the parts box (too much hard to move all of the furniture in the way in the limited space available in the storage unit), but I rummaged around in all of my horn cases and was...
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    I've got a eight banger of the plastic reed case...

    I've got a eight banger of the plastic reed case variety, but it's took big to fit in the pouchette case that I'm giving the boy. I'll have to around in the storage unit and see if I can find my...
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    What happened to all of the reed holders?

    Whilst setting my boy up with a clarinet,I made the discovery that the traditional reed guards offered by Vandorne seem to have disappeared from the market? Did I miss out on something here?
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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...
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
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