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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.

As I write this we're about to say goodbye to 2020 - and no doubt many of you are thinking "Good riddance!". I don't blame you at all.
But what better way to see out a crappy year than catching up with a review of the Selmer 130th Anniversary alto and a new entry in the Notes section? I mean, what else d'you have to do?
With regard to this poxy virus, I'm still adhering to recommended best practices - which you'll find in my policy for handling repairs for the duration. Please be aware, though, that I'm extremely busy at the moment - so there may be a delay in taking your work on.
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!"


New:Not quite a review - but a detailed look at the Selmer 130th Anniversary Edition alto.

Recent: Not one, but two Hanson LX tenors find their way onto the workbench.
'Very heavily influenced' by the Selmer MkVI is the selling point of this horn - but does it live up to the sales blurb?

Thomann Low Jazz bari sax reviewIn the market for a modern low Bb baritone? There's a new contender in town, and it's a game-changer...

Recent: The Selmer (London) Super Pennsylvania tenor. I find out what it is, and whether it's super.
Martin Comm.III and Magna alto reviewUpdated: The Martin Committee III alto review gets an update with the addition of a review of the Magna. Is it just a blinged-up Comm.III, or is there more to it?

Updated: After 15 years I revisit the Selmer Reference 54 alto review. Has anything changed?

Gear4Music/Rosedale baritone sax review The Gear4Music Ultra-Cheap bari sports a new badge, but has it got any better? Check out my overview of the Rosedale BTS-500G. Yanagisawa T-WO32 Elite tenor  sax reviewRecent: It ain't light on your wallet...or around your neck. The £7500 Yanagisawa T-WO32 Elite tenor.

Eppelsheim bass sax review The Eppelsheim bass saxophone. Put it on your bucket list.

Keilwerth SX90R tenor 129xxx Updated: Another addition to the rolling review of the Keilwerth SX90R tenor sax. This time it's a 129xxx model. Looks nice...but is it all show and no blow...?

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

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

Handy Hints: Hints, tips and maintenance advice


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 - for geeksUpdated (again): Oiling the action - for geeks. Testing the 'multigrade method' of oiling.

Miscellaneous: All the other stuff...

Glossary: What does it all mean?

The FlyUpdated: The Black Museum's latest exhibit: The Fly. 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

Updated: Dealing with green spots (AKA Verdigris). An overview of mechanical and chemical methods of removal (Addendum added March 2020). Notes thumbnail Going viral - the dog shit protocol

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: Button it!


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