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Designing the Low C Extension system

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Designing the Low C Extension system

BACKGROUND One of the instruments that we see fairly regularly in our shop is the Leblanc paperclip contrabass clarinet. Being very specialized and featuring an extremely unique timbre, it is typically a very sought after and valuable instrument. However, there has been a slight disconnect in the market for these instruments in that they come in two different versions: one that plays down to D which is the more common of the two, and more preferable to some for the way it plays, and one that goes down to C which has more practical application because of the expanded range....

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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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Giving Life to the Triebert Brevete “Systeme Dupaquier” C Melody

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Giving Life to the Triebert Brevete “Systeme Dupaquier” C Melody

The Story Since the beginning of Quinn the Eskimo, certainly well before breaking into the new band instrument market, we have dealt with vintage instruments. On a quest for world domination, “Supreme Commander” Matt Stoecker has scoured the country in whatever form he could, trying to unearth the most intriguing band instruments in the world, or simply those that had died long ago, but had the potential to be something more after being passed on to either myself, or our senior tech, Brad Wherry. As such, many of the instruments we get into our shop are not what might be considered...

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