Nobody Was Here

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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.

 

 



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Original 1931 Conn Alto Saxophone Warranty Booklet
The Beauty of Saxophones: 1938 Martin Handcraft Committee II