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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.

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!"


Jericho alto sax reviewUpdated: The boys are back in's the return of the Jericho alto.

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.

Sakkusu baritone sax reviewRecent: The basic Sakkusu baritone sax gets the old screwdriver treatment. If nothing else, it's certainly a lot of brass for your money...
Hnason SA8 alto sax reviewRecent: The Hanson SA8 alto. Could be a bit of a bargain....

Sequoia Lemon soprano sax reviewRecent: Sequoia has a stab at the midrange market with the Lemon soprano.

Sakkusu tenor reviewUpdated: Another Sakkusu tenor goes on the workbench - and this time it's the Midnight Black model. 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.

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

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.

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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