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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.

Two more reviews - the 'MexiConn' 12M...and I try to work out what's going on with the Yanagisawa S6 soprano. For those of a technical bent, there's a complete re-write of my article on warped toneholes (now with new, improved piccies). And don't forget to check out the fun and games on the Benchlife Blog.
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!"


Mexican Conn 12M reviewNew: The Mexican Conn 12M. It often gets a bad press - so let's see if it deserves it.

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

New Super Dearman alto reviewRecent: It's 'foreign' and it cost twenty quid in 1938 - but just how super is the New Super Dearman alto?

Couesnon 1900 GMN soprano reviewRecent: The perils, pitfalls and pleasures of playing a 100 year old horn.
Meet the Couesnon '1900' GMN soprano.
Yanagisawa SWO1U soprano reviewRecent: 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.
Andy Sheppard Autograph tenor reviewSupercharged - the Andy Sheppard Autograph series tenor. Selmer Reference 54 tenor reviewSelmer's very own nod to the MkVI - the Reference 54 tenor.

Martin Committee III alto sax review Possibly the best-looking alto ever made - it's The Martin Committee III.

Mauriat  76RUL alto reviewThe Mauriat PMXA_76RUL alto. Hmmm.

Yanagisawa A-WO33 alto sax reviewGot five grand spare for an alto? Want to know what you get for your money? See how the A-WO33 fares in the five-alto playoff.
Updated: Some very good news in the postscript to this review.

Yanagisawa B900 baritone sax review A Yanagisawa 900 baritone turns up on the bench, so I've run up a full review and amalgamated it into the existing 901/902/991 review.

Handy Hints: Hints, tips and maintenance advice


All about warped toneholesUpdated: All you need to know about warped toneholes in this completely re-written article. 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 CouesnonUpdated: The 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 Of cash and kudos - the search for remojofication.

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: Turning key pearls.


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