Tools Basking in Sunlight

•October 24, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Tools Basking in Sunlight

The window faces the west, which might be a problem come summer time, but this time of year it is rather pleasant to sit at the bench with a warm sun setting.


Three views of the new shop

•October 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

My main work bench will go under the window. It looks out onto the back yard, the best view I have ever had from the bench.

Steet View of the New Shop.

•October 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Coming Soon….

•October 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The new home of

Think About It.

•September 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

While I do not make a habit of working on brass instruments, this article caught my eye.  I wonder if it is applicable to all the nasty, disgusting saxophone necks I have cleaned out over the years?  Baritone saxophone players of the world, beware!


•June 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Right in the thick of buisily working on school horns, the shelf over my bench decided it was too heavy and fell down with a tremendous crash.  Luckily, no horns were injured during the episode.

Custom Key Work on a King Super 20

•April 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Adjustment screws custom installed on a King Super 20

One of the advances in saxophones keys has been the inclusion of adjuster screws on the Ab/ Bis Bb arm on the lower stack. Prior to that, it was all done with carefully sanded cork. Trouble is, saxophone bodys flex, keys get bent, corks fall off, and generally fall out of adjustment.  Here is an example of a remedy, we installed 2 screws on a King Super 20 tenor to adjust the mechanism.

Installing Bis and Ab Adjuster Screws

Pad work on the Mark VI Alto begins

•January 4, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Finely honed tone holes awaiting pads

Starting the pad work on the Selmer Mk VI alto.

Post-Cleaning, Pre-Padding Preparation for the Mark VI rebuild

•December 4, 2009 • Leave a Comment

More forward motion on the Mark VI rebuild.

Saxophone Resonators

•December 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I purchase my saxophone pads without an installed resonator. It allows me to match a newly installed pad with the style of resonator already in the horn, and buying the pads that way is slightly cheaper.  Above is a set of 2 style resonators: one is flat, the other cone.  Below are the metal resonators I keep in stock.

The following is the process of installing plastic resonators.  Using the iron, you melt the back of the resonator.

blank pad, conned resonator, resonator iron.

Heating the Iron

Melting the back

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