How Would You Reply To: What’s My Sax Worth?

The most dreaded question I receive: What’s my sax worth? Have you ever been in the situation where someone asks you what their old saxophone—maybe it’s vintage, maybe it’s not—is worth? You don’t want to hurt their feelings, but sometimes the truth isn’t pretty—as is often the case with saxophones…

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The Chicago Musical Instrument Co.

One of the vintage catalogues I was sent a few years ago was for the Chicago Musical Instrument Co. The catalogue is recorded as being from 1931. If anyone is interested in the company’s history, according to Wikipedia, Chicago Musical Instrument Co. was a musical instrument distributor between 1920 and…

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How Can You Tell A C Melody From A Bb Tenor Sax?

Martin King Vintage Catalogue Pages Buescher Conn Alto-shaped Tenor-shaped Pan American Conclusion It’s happened to quite a few saxophone buyers on eBay: they thought that they were buying a vintage tenor, but when the saxophone arrived, it turned out to be a C melody instead. This raises the question: How…

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Snake Oil: It’s Everywhere In Saxland

Be Aware of the Snake Oil This morning I happened across a post on SOTW that very much reflected my thoughts facing players trying to navigate the sea of [mis]information available to them. SOTW member Balladeer posted these thoughts a couple of days ago: It’s time for me to vent.…

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Vintage American Saxophones

Two vintage American saxophones get the star treatment Over the last few days I have been quite busy taking photos and keeping both my Machinery and Photoshop skills refreshed. Over the weekend I took bunches of photos of two very interesting horns: one mine, the other belongs to a friend’s…

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