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What's on Emma's Bench? A Conn 10M Tenor Sax!

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What's on Emma's Bench? A Conn 10M Tenor Sax!

This week I completed a repad on a Conn 10M tenor sax. Fun fact: the 10M is also referred to as the Ladyface, due to the portrait of a woman engraved on the bell! A distinguishing feature of this particular instrument is the rolled tone holes, which Conn stopped including in the design of the 10M around 1948. I love the warmth and full-bodied sound this instrument produces and I'm so happy to see it in proper playing condition.    

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The Internal View from an Intern's Perspective

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The Internal View from an Intern's Perspective

Six weeks in, working at Quinn the Eskimo has already proven to be a unique experience - in the best kind of way. From the neon pink flamingo and fairy lights in the front office, to the stacks of incredibly old, rare, and interesting instruments in the warehouse, it's difficult to turn a corner without running into something - or someone - strange and interesting. Even amongst typical band repair shops, which are generally atypical work spaces to begin with, the Mighty Quinn stands apart. I have the better part of a decade's work experience in food service, from a...

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What’s on My Bench? A 1904 Conn Connquerer Cornet!

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What’s on My Bench? A 1904 Conn Connquerer Cornet!

Hey, Brass fans, here’s something extra awesome for you today! Why post this one, you ask? Well, it’s over 100 years old but not super rare, so that’s not it... Is it extra pretty? It did turn out nicely, but it’s not that, either...  Does it play extra nice? Well, the pistons are a little too worn to be an exceptional player, so that’s not the reason, either! What makes it so special, then? It has its original lease/sale paperwork from 1905!!! Paperwork matches the serial number, we can see the original owner and where he was from! You don’t...

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What’s on My Bench? A 1956 Martin Committee Deluxe!

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What’s on My Bench? A 1956 Martin Committee Deluxe!

Wow, do we have something exciting for the Martin Trumpet fans out there this time! This trumpet is something special, and thankfully, it has been treated well during its life. Check out the gorgeous gold plate and amazing engraving! This horn came to us in near perfect condition - I gave it a good clean, took out a couple of tiny dents in the bell tail, and replaced felts and corks. The original gold plate is 99% intact with just a small spot of hand wear at the 1st valve casing, and engraving is beautifully sharp! Pistons are in great shape, and...

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What’s on My Bench? A Kanstul 1500A Trumpet!

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What’s on My Bench? A Kanstul 1500A Trumpet!

Hey, Brass Fans! We’re all sad about the closure of the Kanstul factory, but here’s something to make you smile - a 1500A in fabulous condition! This horn has been played and shows very light hand wear, but other than that is in near perfect condition. After a good clean, I removed one tiny bell ping, and it’s good to go! Though this model looks heavy with the large bracing, it’s actually quite comfortable to play. Big broad sound, great intonation and overall just a super fun horn to play! It also comes with multiple tuning slides, an extra set...

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