Nobody Was Here



I strive in my job to be invisible.  I figure these instruments will be around for 200-300 years, the guys who designed them were smarter than me, and when in proper operating condition they work extremely well.  I try to make them to where the designer could look at it all these years on (most of the instruments I work on are 50-90 years old) and see my restorations and say “yes, exactly, that is how we meant it.”.  Before the cost-cutting measures, before the rushed assembly line at the factory, there was a perfect ideal of the instrument in the designers head.  I want to take it back there.  When I’m done, I want it to look like it was born that way.  Who did this work?  Nobody.



Original Selmer (Paris) saxophone spring set from the 1920s
Black Pearls on Wartime SML Coleman Hawkins Special Tenor
New Horn Setup Procedure
Conn 6M “Transitional” Saxophones