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Haynes woodwind maintenance manuals

Woodwind instrument advice, reviews, care, repair & maintenance.

Whether you're interested in buying an instrument, maintaining your flute or clarinet, hints on saxophone repairs or just plain curious about woodwind - you'll find something to interest you here, presented in a clear and relaxed manner.

I'm hugely excited to be able to present the largest piece of work since the Haynes Saxophone and Clarinet manuals - namely the SHWoodwind F.O. Guide To Octave Key Problems.
Four years in the making, it aims to be the most comprehensive troubleshooting guide to octave mech ever published - and it's still not finished! Have a look, see what you think - and let me know if it helped you diagnose and fix a problem. And if it all gets a bit too much, there's an accompanying Notes article on why I wrote it.
As for the rest of the site, you'll find hard-hitting reviews that show no fear or favour; commonsense advice about looking after your instruments; myths debunkified; clear explanations and maybe one or two laughs. So fill your mug/glass/pipe/atty, give your mouse a buff and click on. You know it makes sense....

Latest reviews: "Don't blow it - bench it!"


Hawkes XX Century alto sax reviewNew: A very British affair - possibly the best Hawkes & Son XX Century alto out there.

Yanagisawa A500 alto sax reviewNew: The Yanagisawa A500 alto. Get one now, before the prices go up.

Rare TS-7306L tenor sax reviewNew: The (take a deep breath) Rare Saxophones Super Tone Series VI TS-7306L.

Mauriat PMB300UL baritone sax reviewNew: Mauriat's knuckle-duster bari - the PMB-300UL.
Mexican Conn 12M reviewThe Mexican Conn 12M. It often gets a bad press - so let's see if it deserves it.

Adler Symphonie C soprano sax reviewNew: It's wee, it's in C - it's the Adler Symphonie C soprano.

New Super Dearman alto review It's 'foreign' and it cost twenty quid in 1938 - but just how super is the New Super Dearman alto? Keilwerth SX90R tenor reviewUpdated: Another 2012 built (126xxx) Keilwerth Shadow comes in for an inspection.

Yanagisawa SWO1U soprano review The much-anticipated update to Yanagisawa's 901 soprano - the all its naked glory.

Mauriat 66R tenor reviewUpdated: The Mauriat 66R tenor. Buy something else.
Updated (again): The Mauriat 66...the one without the rolled toneholes.

Andy Sheppard Autograph tenor reviewSupercharged - the Andy Sheppard Autograph series tenor.

Yanagisawa S6 soprano sax reviewThe strange and mysterious Yanagisawa S6 soprano. Not quite a review - more of a puzzle.

Handy Hints: Hints, tips and maintenance advice


New: The SHWoodwind F.O. Guide To Octave Key Problems.
(Warning: It's long. It's very long. It's very long indeed.)
Oiling the action thumbnailOiling the action. Why you should do it, how to do it and what to detail.

Miscellaneous: All the other stuff...

Glossary: What does it all mean?

Goldfinger's CouesnonThe Black Museum's latest exhibit: The unedifying spectacle of Goldfinger's Couesnon. Point screws thumbnailAll you need to know about point (pivot) screws...and more.

Testing...Testing: What works, and what doesn't

Notes...from a small workshop

G# geometry - striking a balance between friction and functionality. Notes thumbnail New: The end...of the octave key article.

Haynes saxophone & clarinet manuals

Benchlife...the workshop rolling blog

Haynes saxophone & clarinet manuals thumbnailEverything you need to know about looking after your sax or clarinet.

Benchlife - the workshop rolling blogA section devoted to the (almost) daily dabblings on and around the workbench.
Latest entry: Go swivel.


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