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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.

I'm hugely excited to be able to present the largest piece of work since the Haynes Saxophone and Clarinet manuals - namely the SHWoodwind F.O. Guide To Octave Key Problems.
Four years in the making, it aims to be the most comprehensive troubleshooting guide to octave mech ever published - and it's still not finished! Have a look, see what you think - and let me know if it helped you diagnose and fix a problem. And if it all gets a bit too much, there's an accompanying Notes article on why I wrote it.
There's also an update to my article on Oiling the action - for geeks, which details my tests on what I'm calling the 'multigrade method' of oiling the action.
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!"


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

Yanagisawa A500 alto sax reviewNew: The Yanagisawa A500 alto. Get one now, before the prices go up.

Rare TS-7306L tenor sax reviewNew: The (take a deep breath) Rare Saxophones Super Tone Series VI TS-7306L.

Mauriat PMB300UL baritone sax reviewNew: Mauriat's knuckle-duster bari - the PMB-300UL.
King Super 20 (series V) tenor sax reviewUpdated: The King Super 20 (Series V) tenor sax. Had a nice example come in, so took the opportunity to revamp my original 14 year old review.

Adler Symphonie C soprano sax reviewNew: It's wee, it's in C - it's the Adler Symphonie C soprano.

Mexican Conn 12M reviewThe Mexican Conn 12M. It often gets a bad press - so let's see if it deserves it. Keilwerth SX90R tenor review Another 2012 built (126xxx) Keilwerth Shadow comes in for an inspection.

New Super Dearman alto review It's 'foreign' and it cost twenty quid in 1938 - but just how super is the New Super Dearman alto?

Mauriat 66R tenor reviewUpdated: The Mauriat 66R tenor. Buy something else.
Updated (again): The Mauriat 66...the one without the rolled toneholes.

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

Yanagisawa S6 soprano sax reviewThe strange and mysterious Yanagisawa S6 soprano. Not quite a review - more of a puzzle.

Handy Hints: Hints, tips and maintenance advice


New: The SHWoodwind F.O. Guide To Octave Key Problems.
(Warning: It's long. It's very long. It's very long indeed.)
Updated: New sections added 21/12/2018
Oiling the action - for geeksUpdated: Oiling the action - for geeks. Testing the 'multigrade method' of oiling.

Miscellaneous: All the other stuff...

Glossary: What does it all mean?

The dreaded school bariThe Black Museum's latest exhibit: The dreaded school bari. 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: The end...of the octave key article.

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: More oily fun.


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