Repair, Saxophones, Vintage Saxophone

Brazing Worn Hinge Tubes

This particular baritone sax is a Conn Transitional. It has seen a lot of action, the pearls are worn and almost all of the lacquer is gone. The hinge tubes of the keys also have heavy wear. There is no… Continue Reading…

Custom Case, Saxophones

Sticker Bombed Shaped Case

A fun little project. I sticker bombed this shaped case Rheuben had made for his saxophones years ago. The round edges proved to be especially difficult, I had to cut slits in many of the stickers in order to get… Continue Reading…

Repair, Saxophones, Vintage Saxophone

Frozen Mark VI Rollers

A common problem with vintage saxophones is stuck rollers. Unfortunately these rollers cannot always be saved, especially if they are real pearl rollers. Vintage Selmer saxophone rollers, however, are not pearl and are often times salvable.   This beautiful horn… Continue Reading…

Clarinets, Custom Keywork, My Collection, Vintage Clarinet

Introducing My Clarinet

Leblanc, six rings, stubbins. I bought this clarinet on eBay because I was interested in working on and playing a clarinet with the Stubbins mechanism (an explanation of how it works is below). The tone of the clarinet is very… Continue Reading…

Custom Keywork, Saxophones, Vintage Saxophone

Minty Low A Mark VI Alto

A client brought in a MINT condition low A Mark VI recently. I added an additional piece to the harmonic key, under the supervision of Rheuben Allen, who came up with the design and has been putting the addition on… Continue Reading…

Clarinets, Repair, Vintage Clarinet

Filling Chip in Bass Clarinet

I recently disassembled a Selmer Y-Series Low Eb bass clarinet belonging to my little brother. The adjustment corks were starting to fall off so I figured I may as well perform a full mechanical overhaul for him before school starts… Continue Reading…

Clarinets, My Collection, Repair, Vintage Clarinet

Selmer Centered Tone Clarinet

A new addition to my collection! I’ve been on the lookout for a Centered Tone for a while now, and recently one came up on eBay for a great price. It’s a P-series, advanced boehm clarinet, made sometime in the… Continue Reading…

Clarinets, Polishing, Repair, Vintage Clarinet

Polishing Keys on a Full Boehm Selmer BT

This clarinet is part of Rheuben Allen’s collection. I just wanted to showcase the beautiful sheen of nickel-silver keys when they are polished again. Here are photos of the Balanced Tone on a jig, and how the keys turned out… Continue Reading…

Saxophones, Vintage Saxophone

Buescher Straight Alto Saxophone

No repairwork was done. Rick Izumi was kind enough to show his Buescher straight alto to me. The pads are all original. This horn is in mint shape (aside from the tarnish of course) and has never been worked on.… Continue Reading…

Repair, Saxophones, Vintage Saxophone

Selmer Radio Improved Alto

This alto saxophone belongs to Benn Clatworthy and is in for an overhaul and polish. Note: I never use buffing wheels on saxophones so as to preserved the integrity of the tone holes and engraving. Here are some photos after… Continue Reading…

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This is where I will post photos of my work, updates of ongoing projects, and photos of cool horns that have been through my hands.

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Brazing Worn Hinge Tubes

Frozen Mark VI Rollers