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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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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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.

1967 Selmer Mark VI Tenor

On the bench. 1967 Selmer Mark VI tenor, original lacquer, fresh overhaul done by me. I was about 80% through this when I shattered my wrist. Done! This was for a client who I first met in my early days in New York City about 15 years ago. I have had a few of those …

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Back to work after wrist surgery!

March 5th, 2021- Just short of 6 weeks after my wrist surgery. I am a little slow, a little limited, but I am making a start. Been working my P.T. hard and nearly constantly.

A little bit of physical therapy

I have been encouraged to move my wrist if I can, and I am taking that to heart. I learned to reface mouthpieces a long time ago, and I am dusting off the old memory banks and polishing up my skills, since most of it is done with the right hand.

Pre-war Conn 10M

Spent a while trying to track down a rattling noise on this 1937 Conn 10M overhaul I just completed and finally figured out it was the window in front of me! These are such fantastic horns. A shot of the keys and pad seats during the overhaul. I’ve started doing a bit more disassembly after …

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Selmer Super (Balanced) Action Tenor

This horn came to me after having lived as a wall decoration for several decades.  It was completely rusted and seized up in a way that I have only seen in other saxes that were exposed to the weather or submerged at one point.  The kicker was it had original pads in it, so it …

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