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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.

It's been a while since the last update, but as you can see - I've been busy! There are no fewer than 10 (count 'em) reviews - and whether you're in the market for something slick and sleek, or maybe a vintage beauty...or even something completely off-the-wall, there's bound to be a horn here that will pique your interest. Failing that, you can always point and laugh.
You'll find hard-hitting reviews that show no fear (of losing a sale) or favour; commonsense advice about looking after your instruments; myths debunkified (is that even a word?), clear explanations and a maybe one or two laughs. So fill your mug/glass/pipe, give your mouse a buff and click on. You know it makes sense....

Latest reviews: Reviews from the workbench

 

Selmer MkVI tenor thumbnailThe archetypal tenor, the Selmer MK VI.
Is it all it's cracked up to be? Does the myth hold up against the reality...?

Mauriat PMSS-601 soprano thumbnailA distinctive offering from Mauriat, but is it all show and no go?
Will the PMSS-601 tipped bell soprano seduce you with its curves...or just drive you round the bend?
Swanee sax thumbnailYou don't see many slide saxes around these days - which probably isn't such a bad thing. To find out why, check out the review of the Swanee sax... Yamaha YTS23 tenor thumbnailAh, the ubiquitous Yamaha YTS23. This is a horn with a punch-for-price rating that's very hard to beat, which is why I call it 'The giant killer'. Go find out why...
B&S blue label tenor thumbnailThe B&S Blue Label tenor. Wunderbar...or just a posh Weltklang?
Before we blow it....let's bung it on the bench...
Yanagisawa 901 tenor thumbnailMore Japanese goodness, in the shape of Yanagisawa's 'entry-level' pro tenor, the 901.

Yanagisawa 902 alto thumbnailImpeccable build quality, reliable tuning, rich tone...and can I have it in bronze? Yessir, you certainly can.
The Yanagisawa 902 alto ticks all the boxes.

Nuova alto sax thumbnailAnother Chinese Ultra-Cheap alto - but this time it's made by the KHS factory, and they make Jupiter horns. A budget horn with big-brand quality control? Sounds like it might be a winner...

Selmer SA80III tenor thumbnailThe MkVI all grown up...or the delinquent offspring?
The Selmer SA80III tenor goes under the screwdriver...

Yanagisawa S880 soprano sax thumnbailLooking for a pro-spec soprano on a budget? This oldie-but-goodie ought to be on your list - it's Yanagisawa's S880...apparently the first-ever soprano with a detachable crook...

Handy Hints: Hints, tips and maintenance advice

 

Making and using a leaklight thumbnailMaking and using a leaklight. Oiling the action thumbnailOiling the action. Why you should do it, how to do it and what to use...in detail.

Miscellaneous: All the other stuff...

Glossary: What does it all mean?

Ligature thumbnailThe Black Museum's latest exhibit: The prehistoric ligature of old Pompey town... 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

Pad Saver thumbnailPad savers - good, bad or indifferent? What do we really know. Notes thumbnailHot stuff - or how I set fire to myself...(again)...

Haynes saxophone & clarinet manuals

 

Haynes saxophone & clarinet manuals thumbnailEverything you need to know about looking after your sax or clarinet.

 

With special thanks to Docs J and G, Prof F, Danny, Sean, Alan, John, Les and Col

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