The Globemaster Luxus’ Elusive Tuning

Last September I wrote about a beautiful Max Keilwerth-made Globemaster Luxus that was sent to my tech by a fellow in New York. Long story short, the owner, Timothy, couldn’t get the sax to play in tune, and previous techs who he had taken it to had not been able…

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2 Buffet baris: a cautionary tale for bari buyers

Two different Buffet baris: Both with some serious body image and function issues I’m not even sure how I ended up finding these two sad examples of antique baris, but a couple of days ago I happened across two examples of horns that not only have seen better days, but…

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Being a good saxophone caretaker

The concept of being a saxophone caretaker isn’t really outlandish at all Any well-made professional—or even a good, student model saxophone from the early to mid part of the 20th century—when properly cared for, will serve its owners well for hundreds of years. Yes, you read that right, I wrote…

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The Bassic Sax Jazz Ensemble 2.0

It’s over… After reincarnating my pre-illness Bassic Sax Jazz Ensemble into a brand new trio, and after weeks of prepping for what amounts to a mini Saxophobia, this is what my studio looks like… Yup, it’s pretty much chaos in my studio ATM. I’ve still not cleaned it up. The…

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1920s Music Suggestions Needed

Looking for music suggestions from the sax-happy 1920s I’ve been asked to put on a performance early in the New Year demonstrating some of my vintage saxophone collection. ATM I’m trying to decide which many vintage horns to pick out, and what music to play with them. Call me crazy,…

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