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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 high-end tenors get the workbench review treatment, the Andy Sheppard Autograph and the Selmer Reference 54 - but which one would you buy if you had five or six grand to spare? Plus the arrival of a tidy purple logo Yamaha 62 tenor prompts a re-review and a Mauriat PMXA_76RUL alto gets poked with a stick. There's also some good news about the Yanagisawa AWO33 alto - see the postscript to the review. 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!"


Andy Sheppard Autograph tenor reviewNew: Supercharged - the Andy Sheppard Autograph series tenor.

Selmer Reference 54 tenor reviewNew: Selmer's very own nod to the MkVI - the Reference 54 tenor.

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

Mauriat  76RUL alto reviewNew: The Mauriat PMXA_76RUL alto. Hmmm.
Yanagisawa A-WO33 alto sax reviewRecent: Got 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.
Yamaha YTS62 MkI tenor sax reviewUpdated: A fresh look at the indefatigable 'purple logo' Yamaha 62 tenor.
TJ Signature Custom gold tenorPreview: A facelift and a new outfit - the TJ RAW gets a makeover.
Updated: The new Vintage crook arrives.
Yanagisawa B900 baritone sax reviewRecent: 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.

Holton 666 Collegiate alto review The Devil's Horn! It's the Holton Collegiate 666 alto.
Yes, they really called it that.

Yanagisawa (Martin) S800 soprano sax reviewRecent: Another Martin - only it's not. It's a Yanagisawa. The S800 soprano.

Boosey sopranno 26xxx Another Boosey & Co soprano arrives on the bench. It's an earlier model than the one originally reviewed, and it has some interesting differences.

Weltklang tenor reviewIt's cheap, its not very cheerful - yes, it's the dreaded late model Weltklang tenor.

Handy Hints: Hints, tips and maintenance advice


Making and using a leaklight thumbnail Fancy a leaklight for two quid? 'Course you do - and here's how to make (and use) it. 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 New: Of cash and kudos - the search for remojofication.

Haynes saxophone & clarinet manuals

New Section: 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 blogNew: A whole new section devoted to the (almost) daily dabblings on and around the workbench.
Latest entry: Pivotal moments.


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