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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.

Just a modest update this time, and it's another Ultra-Cheap horn in the shape of the basic Sakkusu baritone. It's the same price as the Gear4Music Rosedale...but is it any better - or any worse?
I'm also getting a lot of excellent feedback on the recent octave mech article - so if you haven't seen it already, why not check it out? Just remember to pack a lunch, OK?
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!"


Sakkusu baritone sax reviewNew: The basic Sakkusu baritone sax gets the old screwdriver treatment. If nothing else, it's certainly a lot of brass for your money...

Lupifaro Platinum tenor sax reviewRecent: It's a Borgani on a budget, but it might not be as cheap as you think.
It's the Lupifaro Platinum tenor.

Vito Leblanc System 25 alto sax reviewRecent: It's mad - but is it bad, and dangerous to know? The incredible Vito Leblanc System 35 the one Johnny Hodges played. Sort of.

Sequoia Lemon soprano sax reviewRecent: Sequoia has a stab at the midrange market with the Lemon soprano.
Hnason SA8 alto sax reviewRecent: The Hanson SA8 alto. Could be a bit of a bargain....

Gear4Music/Rosedale baritone sax reviewUpdated: The Gear4Music Ultra-Cheap bari sports a new badge, but has it got any better? Check out my overview of the Rosedale BTS-500G.

Sakkusu tenor reviewUpdated: Another Sakkusu tenor goes on the workbench - and this time it's the Midnight Black model. Pan American bass sax reviewUpdated: It took 16 years, but I've finally found the time to update my review of the Pan American bass sax.

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

John Packer JP045 alto sax reviewUpdated: A more recent version of the John Packer JP045 alto goes on the bench.

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

New: Mucking about with acid, brass and ebonite. Notes thumbnail New: Third time lucky - the mysterious case of the bent A key.

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: Thumbs up!


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