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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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Meet the Romero System Sax and Clarinet

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Meet the Romero System Sax and Clarinet

Taken from the Woodwind forum where my friend and admin Pete contributed to this. A few days ago, I came across a couple of saxophones that I had never seen or heard of before and they looked really, really interesting:https://www.acimv.fr/nouvelles-news/instruments-volés-stolen-instruments/ (really big pics)’’     I had heard of the Romero System before, but only on clarinets. Then I looked back to see where I heard of them from. Hey, it’s Gandalfe’s website. However, the article was written by Terry Stibal (SOTSDO), a gentleman who was a clarinet Content Expert here until he passed away in 2015. I thought the keywork was extremely interesting...

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Is a Bass Sax in Your Future?

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Is a Bass Sax in Your Future?

“I wanted an electric train for Christmas but I got the saxophone instead.” ~ Clarence Clemons The bass saxophone is one of the largest members of the saxophone family—larger than the more commonly encountered baritone saxophone. Only the contrabass sax is larger. It was the first type of saxophone presented to the public, when Adolphe Sax presented a bass saxophone in C at an exhibition in Brussels in 1841. The modern bass saxophone is a transposing instrument pitched in B♭, an octave below the tenor saxophone. The bass saxophone is not commonly used, although in the 1920s, it was used...

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