Stohrer Music News, October 2022

I have finally overhauled my websites and combined them, and now all of my content lives here in a much simpler format. I prioritized ease of use, quick load times, and a simple design that was inspired by early internet. Still using WordPress as a site builder, after a dalliance with a simpler but less …

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Re-absorbing Open Source Saxophone Project Content

The open source saxophone project ended up being mostly me doing it (although I had some fantastic help with the pivot screw stuff) and it seemed dumb and felt like extra work maintaining two different websites. So I have added everything that was once on the Open Source Saxophone Project to this website, under Sax …

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Vintage Orsi Contrabass

Well, when I was building a repair shop out of a 31 foot Airstream trailer, I have to admit I did not think of contrabass saxophones. I can comfortably work on everything up to baritone without any issues, and even basses are accounted for by moving my torch holder a foot to the right. Dentwork …

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My Take-Home Tools

  Originally written in 2014.  I still use basically this same toolset as my take-home tools, but I need to update this article.       Even though I work in a workshop about 50 feet from my front door, sometimes I work from a backup bench in my house- in inclement weather, or perhaps I …

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Selmer Super Balanced Action Tenor – Original Gold Plate

On the bench this week is an extremely rare original burnished gold plate Selmer Super Action tenor from 1953/54. Amazingly, this horn spent most of its life nearby to my shop in semi-rural North Carolina, being owned by a player in Hillsborough who had ties to a local music store here. This history makes sense, …

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Stohrer Music News – Late 2021

First things first: I continue to be extremely lucky and am booked for the foreseeable future. I am not currently accepting new clients, and I will post a news item if that changes. Well gosh *darn* that was a hell of a year, or hundred years, or whatever that was. My wrist is mostly healed …

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(sold) 1933 Conn 6M Transitional Alto Saxophone

SOLD This saxophone (and another like it that I didn’t even have a chance to post to the site) sold in August of 2021. If you are interested in acquiring one like it, let me know. I enjoy putting good 6Ms into player’s hands. (Original description below) This is a ready to play 1933 Conn …

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Yanagisawa 991 alto in black lacquer

Yanagisawa 990 with black lacquer and the sterling/gold plated neck. I spent a lot of time on minor but evenly distributed key fitting and adjustment material upgrades during this overhaul and I am especially pleased with the feel of the action. Absolutely quiet, snappy, light, obscenely quick and comfortable. A joy to play.