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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 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.

Yamaha YTS62 MkI tenor sax reviewUpdated: A fresh look at the indefatigable 'purple logo' Yamaha 62 tenor.
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. 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.
TJ Signature Custom gold tenorPreview: A facelift and a new outfit - the TJ RAW gets a makeover.
Updated: The new Vintage crook arrives.
Yanagisawa (Martin) S800 soprano sax reviewRecent: Another Martin - only it's not. It's a Yanagisawa. The S800 soprano.

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

'70s Borgani soprano sax reviewLock up your sons and daughters, hide behind the sofa and pretend you're not in - it's the 1970s Borgani 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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