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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.

More update goodies - and this time it's a brace of Martins. Well, almost...only one of them's the real deal. The Martin Committee III alto and the 'Martigisawa' S800 soprano. And if you haven't seen it yet, don't forget to check out the hottest pick on the site (so my stats tell me) - the Benchlife Blog.
As usual, you'll find hard-hitting reviews that show no fear or favour; commonsense advice about looking after your instruments; myths debunkified (is that even a word?); 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!"


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

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

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.

'70s Borgani soprano sax reviewRecent: Lock up your sons and daughters, hide behind the sofa and pretend you're not in - it's the 1970s Borgani soprano.
TJ Signature Custom gold tenorPreview: A facelift and a new outfit - the TJ RAW gets a makeover.
Updated: The new Vintage crook arrives.
Yamaha YAS875EX alto sax reviewUpdated: A closer look at the Yamaha Custom 875EX - this time in full colour.
Holton 666 Collegiate alto review The Devil's Horn! It's the Holton Collegiate 666 alto.
Yes, they really called it that.
Yamaha YBS62 baritone sax reviewUpdated: A much-needed refresh of the Yamaha YBS62 review. New pics and blurb. Same old opinions tho'...

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.

Conn Selmer Avant 200 review More midrange malarkey, with Conn Selmer's bronze Avant 2000 tenor.

TJ SR alto sax reviewThe RAW on a budget. TJ's midrange SR alto squares up to its bigger brother.

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: Well bowled at the tip.


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