Vogtländische Musikinstrumentenfabrik GmbH Markneukirchen (VMI) Update

It was just over a year ago when I announced on this blog that I was undertaking a major new portion on my website: a section dedicated to the Vogtländische Musikinstrumentenfabrik GmbH Markneukirchen (VMI). VMI is what the VEB that manufactured the B&S, AKA blue label, and Weltklang saxophones morphed …

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Ever Heard Of A Strathmann Non-Stick G# Key?

Unless you’ve read Uwe Ladwig’s book, Saxofone: Ein Kompendium—which requires you be able to read German—or you have read any of the modern B&S pages on my website, there is likely no reason that you would have heard of the Strathmann non-stick G# key. It is arguably one of best, …

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Being A Professional Musician: Lesson Learned

Being a professional musician for decades doesn’t mean you’re immune to getting burned A year ago I did a favour for my partner’s former colleague. Let’s call her Jane (not her real name). With under a week’s notice I reincarnated my Bassic Sax Jazz Ensemble, and performed a two-hour Christmas …

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Happy Saxophone Day 2016

Given the insanity of the past few months and weeks, and what is sure to be an equally batshit crazy next 72+ hours, I thought we could all use a moment of comedic relief in our lives. May Mr. Potato Head bring good reed karma to your saxophone Sunday. 😉 …

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