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What's on My Bench? 1921 Conn 20A Flugelhorn

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What's on My Bench? 1921 Conn 20A Flugelhorn

Today’s feature is a real gem - a gold plated, presentation engraved Conn 20A! I actually finished up this little guy last week, but had to make sure I posted about it! It took me a bit to figure out what it was because I had never seen one in person, and its tiny size fooled me at first. As you can see in the photo, it’s about the same size as a cornet! The biggest differences are the tunable mouthpipe and larger bell throat. It takes a cornet shank mouthpiece, and though the included mouthpiece is long shank, it...

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What's on My Bench? 1970 Schilke B1

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What's on My Bench? 1970 Schilke B1

Happy Friday, and welcome to “What’s on my bench?”!!! One of the things I love be about my job is getting to work on horns like this one!! This particular trumpet is a Schilke B1, serial puts it at 1970.  Though all Schilkes are great to play, the B1 is one of the most versatile of the Schilke models. You can take this horn into just about any playing situation and sound appropriate, as long as you have the playing skills to do so! This horn is in really fabulous shape for its age - it has obviously been very...

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Repair Solutions: Pad Modification

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Repair Solutions: Pad Modification

Background Recently at Quinn the Eskimo Brass and Winds, we received a Conn nickel plated bass saxophone to be put into playing condition for subsequent sale. I've worked on a number of Bass saxophones during my time here and curiously - whether this is common to bass saxophones or if it is that Matt has a talent for finding them in this state - the vast majority of the basses we receive happen to be missing their cases when they arrive. As a result, they typically arrive filthy and with a number of big issues. Surprisingly, this particular horn had...

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Colored Conn C Melody Saxophones

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Colored Conn C Melody Saxophones

For a brief period of time in the 1920's, Conn offered colored enamel finish on their saxophones. While we have seen a few colored enamel altos, by far the most instruments that were released in this finish were C-melody horns. Here we see 3 Conn C-melody saxophones in different colors of enamel. Note that two are the classic Conn straight neck C-melody, while one is the older style curved neck. Photo credit: Carlo Sbisa    

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Explorations in Unique Music

Explorations in Unique Music

Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it. ~ Lou Rawls Finding new music, incorporating the best of that into your repertoire, is not only fun, it's stretching your boundaries. We ran across this post on Facebook and not only did it have some fun, unique instruments, it threw in some oddities like the smoke. Throw in some weirdly painted props and there you have it something that will not only tickle the ears but be visually stimulating. Oh, and...

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