A Tale of 2 Misplaced Tuning Crescents

It was nearly three years ago that I had my vintage curvy overhauled. Ever since I got it back from Claudio Fantinato things have not quite been the same. Why? Because Claudio took out the two tuning crescents that had been in the horn ever since I got it from…

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Cavalier Saxophones

I must admit that I had never heard of Cavalier saxophones before I looked at this 1931 catalogue from the Chicago Musical Instruments company. Given I have spent the more than 15 years now researching vintage saxophones, I found this odd. So I did some research about the brand, 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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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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