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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 update time again, and it's a combination of the rare, the unusual, the strange and the questionable. Whether or not any of it's any good remains to be seen...
As usual, 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: "Don't blow it - bench it!"

 
TJ Horn '88 alto sax reviewNew: TJ's 'The Horn' gets a makeover - the Horn '88 in all its Champagne Gold glory. Schenkelaars tenor review thumbnailNew: Stencil surfing - or how to buy a Keilwerth for under half a grand.
The Schenkelaars tenor has a few tricks up its sleeve.

Jupiter JPS_547GL soprano sax review New: The not-so-cheap cheap soprano from Jupiter. How does the JPS547GL stack up against the competition?

New: The rise of the contemporary soprano - Yamaha's YSS61.
Noblet Vito alto review thumbnailNew: Veni, Vidi, Vito. It turned up, I saw it...but did it conquer - or is it just conkers? The Noblet Vito alto (or one of them, at least). 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...
There's a lot of buzz around the new Yani horns, but are we talking the bees knees - or a bulldog chewing a wasp? The AWO2 hits the bench. 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...?

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...

Small, but perfectly formed? The Selmer MkVI sopranino in all its diminuative glory.

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 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 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 use...in detail.

Miscellaneous: All the other stuff...

Glossary: What does it all mean?

The Black MuseumUpdated:The Black Museum's latest exhibit: The phantom key mangler strikes again. 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 thumbnail Of boots and balls - it's saxophone cobblers.

Haynes saxophone & clarinet manuals

 

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

 

With special thanks to George, Pete, Danny, Alan and 'Group M'

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