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  1. Yes there is value in learning to simple repairs...

    Yes there is value in learning to simple repairs and maintenance yourself. I second the idea of purchasing a "beater" clarinet to practice on. There are some tricks to removing the old tenon cork...
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    I just read where Jim Schmidt is working with a...

    I just read where Jim Schmidt is working with a Chinese company to have them make the bodies for his saxes. He will still make the keys out of stainless steel. If that works out he will move toward...
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    I had always referred to this picture comparison...

    I had always referred to this picture comparison showing the distance of the bell brace from the end of the bell, but I have had others come up with photographs that are either different or...
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    How to tell a C-melody from a Tenor

    A question often asked when shown a photograph of a vintage saxophone is, "Is this a C-melody or a Tenor"? When saxes are the same vintage and make it is often hard to tell. With so many "experts"...
  5. Just the altos. Wait! I just saw some pictures...

    Just the altos. Wait! I just saw some pictures of the YTS-21. That model did have the long keyguard. Yamaha must have gone to the "traditional" keyguard when they went to the 23.
  6. For me the giveaway is the keyguard that curves...

    For me the giveaway is the keyguard that curves around the bow to include the low C. Non-Yamaha Vitos have traditional low Bb/B keyguards.
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    I don't understand why palm D without the octave...

    I don't understand why palm D without the octave should need to be in tune since that fingering is never used. The C to D trill is done by keeping the C down and trilling the palm Eb. I would be...
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    A bit of the scent of acoustics draws him back...

    A bit of the scent of acoustics draws him back every time. :) Ditto to what Helen said. Nice to have you back.
  9. Much like unwashed clarinet and sax mouthpieces. ...

    Much like unwashed clarinet and sax mouthpieces. :)
  10. I have also had some issues with my lungs being a...

    I have also had some issues with my lungs being a smoker for much of my life. If I understand it correctly, the purpose of playing a musical instrument is to try to increase the lung capacity when...
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    I actually did read your response Pete and...

    I actually did read your response Pete and inferred that the information was quite dated. I provided the specific answer to Helen's query which was " the name of a good, reputable tech in Amherst,...
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    I'm going to address the "amateur players" who...

    I'm going to address the "amateur players" who are not to be allowed on stage to play in your professional ensembles. The tuning skills they apparently lack can be learned, and if they can be...
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    This is the name of a tech in Amhearst I got from...

    This is the name of a tech in Amhearst I got from the NAPBIRT tech locator. I can't speak to his ability.

    Joseph Clouse
    J & E Instrument Service 8030...
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    Thanks for that information. Is there any...

    Thanks for that information. Is there any literature out there that addresses how the interior of the mouthpiece affects the harmonics present in the sound?
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    Saxophone Reed's vibrations

    It is well established in the acoustics literature that the resonance of the body tube to the first opening causes the reed to vibrate at that frequency. This raises the question of whether the reed...
  16. A 10M original lacquer tenor in perfect condition...

    A 10M original lacquer tenor in perfect condition could get as much as $3500. A 6M alto in the same condition may bring up to $2000. If either were gold plated you could add another 25-30%. There...
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    Having started hundreds of young players on the...

    Having started hundreds of young players on the flute, I can count on one hand the number who had to switch to another instrument because they could not learn to produce a tone. Many of the students...
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    That appears to be a good deal. If you can take...

    That appears to be a good deal. If you can take it to be inspected by a qualified instrument repair tech before completing the sale, that would be the best way to go. That is a fair...
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    I have always called that the RH "sliver" key. ...

    I have always called that the RH "sliver" key. The 4 RH "side keys" are played with the index finger.
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    It would be a great help to know which...

    It would be a great help to know which movement(s) you are working on and which measures and notes might require "alternate fingerings".
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    You can probably tell by going to the link in my...

    You can probably tell by going to the link in my post and seeing how they look. It is my understanding that they are relatively new.
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    A great new mouthpiece on the market!

    These are the D'Addario Reserve clarinet mouthpieces. Lee Livingood who plays in the Utah Symphony is one of the consultants to the design and manufacturing of these mouthpieces. He is also one of...
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    Thanks for all of the advice and suggestions. ...

    Thanks for all of the advice and suggestions. The main thing I learned is that I have a lot to learn. :)
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    You guys are quickly going over my head. :) Not...

    You guys are quickly going over my head. :) Not more than 2 channels----usually 1. There is a light green1/8" plug from the speaker with the volume control that goes into the back of the sound...
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    desktop I want to do both. I have been...

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    I want to do both. I have been using Audacity with a Shure 57 with a usb adapter.

    I have Klipsch THX powered speakers at the present time and Sennheiser HD558 headphones.
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