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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Saxophones Can Be Family Heirlooms

From working instruments to meaningful heirlooms: How saxophones can be a meaningful part of a family’s history On Tuesday night I was at rehearsal with the Moonliters—the Big Band I play with—and we had a substitute tenor player sitting in. Jeff (not his real name) mentioned to me that the…

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Sax Stands: Circa 1930s

Over the past few weeks I have written a number of articles about Martin, Pan American, as well as Cavalier saxophones. These articles were all based on the pages of a Chicago Musical Instrument Company catalogue from 1931. Today I’m going to finish up with that catalogue by looking at…

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The Value Of The Selmer Label

There is one thing for sure in the land of saxophones: Slap a Selmer label on anything, and the asking price—even if not the value—goes up exponentially. Case in point: this vintage box of Selmer Soloist alto saxophone reeds, which when new, contained 12, #3 reeds. Now however, there are…

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