Microsoft is telling me that the Windows Vista loaded on my loaner PC is an illegitimate copy...that it is loaded on some other computer somewhere.
And on and on and on.
Jan 19 -I'm still here...just having computer problems.
Old computer gave up the ghost...working with a loaner PC right now.
New computer due to arrive in the next few days, then a matter of re-installing software, etc. etc.
In the meantime....I have great Dolnet tenor and alto stencils..."Jean Cartier"...great Conn 6M alto...and a kick-ass tenor complete with neck
pickup and vintage effects box (Conn MultiVider) to get you sounding like Eddie Harris
( YouTube Video)...or at least it'll give you the equipment you need to do so. Actual results vary depending on the player.
Jan. 12 - "El Centenario" Harmonica
Tremolo harmonica in key of G.
Grito de Dolores
Jan. 6 - "A Love Supreme" in Claymation on YouTube.
Jan. 5 - What sort of horn does Hadley Calliman play?
Is it an old, pre-Balanced Action tenor? Looks like he's using a Selmer scroll shank mouthpiece in most of the shots, though
it looks like a metal mouthpiece in the first photo.
Jan. 4 - Phyllis Diller's sax mouthpiece for sale on
Phyllis Diller playing a vintage curved sop on the
Muppet Show (starts about minute 3:45).
Dec. 28, 2009 - Here's an affordable student saxophone, an F.E. Olds NA62MN Alto Sax
Good-looking, easy-playing, keyed to High F#.
Dec. 27 - Hope you all are having a good time.
Just today finished repadding a Noblet
"Standard" Alto Sax. Really
Dec. 22 -
Frankensax - an experimental 12 octave-vent saxophone
created by Michael Brockman.
A normal Christmas Eve Party at Bob's house.
Polka as SlamDancing.
Dec. 20 - Who do you reckon made this "Monte" Alto Sax?.
Dec. 5 - No updates since before Thanksgiving...my apologies. I got sick and was behind in repair work which came first.
I happened to have a couple of 1937 Selmer Balanced Action Tenors in the shop at the same time and noticed some differences, so
I wrote a webpage to document those differences in case someone is interested.
Here it is.
Nov. 18 - I got in some Runyon Model 22 "Specials", both tenor and alto.
Here are the Model 22-Special - Tenor Sax mouthpieces.
Nov. 17th -
I updated the Facing Chart for
Graftonites and Metalites.
For you alto players who would like an alto Metalite, here is what they say:
"At this time we are not manufacturing the alto version. This could
change, but demand did not seem to be there in sufficient numbers to
warrants it's [sic] return at this time."
There you go.
Nov. 16 - I just stumbled across the
Warburton Ultimate Sax Neck. Had you seen it already? Only $950!
The Thirteenth came on a Friday this month.
I got in another slew of mouthpieces...as follows:
(1) Dukoff Tenor
- Not marked, probably an SPC, tip opening of 0.105" would make it a D7
(1) Dukoff Alto SPC D7
(1) Meyer Alto metal 7J
Berg Larsen Tenor 90-2-M - Metal, very nice condition, minor wear to bite plate, not bullet chamber, with orig lig and box. Not a bullet chamber, looks like a
(2) Selmer S80 C** Alto
(1) Vandoren Optimum AL3 Alto
(2) Eugene Rousseau Jazz Model JDX6 Alto HR
I've taken pictures, but haven't written webpages yet. Nor have I figured out prices.
Nov. 11 -
Susato Kelhorns...how cool are they?
I've got a brand new Yamaha YTS-23 neck complete with cork and octave key. Ready to be fitted onto your Yamana
Nov. 5th - A bunch of files got deleted from my website. I restored a bunch, but not sure if I got them all. Let me know about 'dead links' please.
I got in a TON of mouthpieces.
Very excited about the new Metalites. Same playbility, consistency, quality, durability as the Graftonites, but with a high baffle.
Here are pictures of the Metalites.
All the Metalites are under $30.
Here are Musings on the Mysteries of the Metalites
Here is a CHART listing the Metalites and Graftonites, their tip opening measurements and other information.
And here are the new mouthpieces I just got in today:
Runyon Model 22 White alto sax mpces, tip openings #3, #4, #5 & #6
Runyon Model 22 Clear alto sax mpce #5
Runyon Model 88 Black Baritone sax #5
Runyon Custom Amber #8 (no spoiler)
Runyon Model 22 Clear Clarinet #5
Runyon Symphonic Red Clarinet #6 (no spoiler)
Runyon Bassoon single reed mpc.
BARI Woodwinds Soprano Hard Rubber 0.074"
Rico Metalite Soprano M-5 and M-7
Rico Metalite Tenor M-5 M-7 & M-9
Rico Metalite Bari M-5, M-7 & M-9
Someone already has the Metalite Bari M-9 out testplaying it and it came in just today.
And that's right...a single-reed bassoon mouthpiece. It is the cutest thing you've ever seen.
Nov. 3 - A Concord Artist tenor sax, complete with pickup port in the
neck and matching Brilhart pickup.
Or a Milwaukee Tenor Sax
Oct. 31 -
How often do you get a chance to obtain a
Oct. 28 -
And now, a brand new Blessing Alto Sax.
Modern ergonomics and features.
I've added some photos to both galleries of:
You'll find some familiar ones and a few that are less familiar.
Please feel free to send me pictures of something you deem worthy to be included. It may take me a while to get the pictures up
and posted, but I will get 'er done in the sweet bimeby.
Oct. 27 - Here's some good info on Selmer Soloist Scroll
Shank mouthpieces on Svanoe's website.
Mars Attacks! Here is a
Martin Handcraft Committee I alto sax...aka Cityscape, Searchlights, etc.
Francois Louis "Pure Brass" Ligature.
P. Mauriat Saxes are made in Taiwan, right?
Oct. 26 - And now, a Martin "RMC" alto for sale.
Just finished up refurbishing (repadding, etc.) a Martin Handcraft Committee I alto sax...that's the one with the
Skyline and Searchlights.
Hmmmm....a "Stealth - Power Barrel" for your clarinet.
Oct. 23 - Check it out, Conn "Pan American" Tenor sax.
And how many
Penzel-Mueller clarinets in the key of "C" do you come across?
Oct. 22 -
Check out Anders Svanoe's new website.
You can listen to clips from his new CD
Oct. 21 - Made it past another birthday.
Stumbled across this -
an ouline (PDF) of
"Tips for Improving Your Saxophone Section"
Oct. 20 -
It's my birthday. Or as A.A. Milne would say:
HIPY PAPY BTHETHDTH THUTHDA BTHUTHDY
Oct. 16 -
A very nice Emerson EF-1 Student Flute.
And an Armstrong 104.
Oct. 15 -
Price of "The Martin" Tenor cut $200.
The Irabagon/Svanoe CD will be released soon. Recording session was at
Audio for the Arts.
Clarinet repair. Note the lock washer.
First - I feel terrible for not having updated this in weeks!
Second - I am out of town Sat. and Sun. - Oct 10 & 11
Third - I have had so many wonderful horns through my shop lately...Super 20, 10M, Dolnet, Couesnon, SML...on and on, that
I feel dizzy.
Fourth - I think I may have a solution to streamline things on my website. I've had and still have some excellent horns for sale, but
haven't had a chance to take photographs and write webpages.
Fifth - I've got some wonderful mouthpieces in. E.G. Blue Vandoren Jumbo Java Alto; Selmer Soloist refaced by Ted Klum, etc.
Sixth - Wider selection of reeds and accessories than ever before.
As mentioned above, I am out of town for the weekend, but I plan on being hard at it come Monday morning.
Sept 21 - Interested in a revision of the "Universal Saxophone Method"?
Check out Neal Ramsay's Blog.
I believe he is looking for feedback.
Sept. 19 -
I am happy to have a "The Martin Tenor" in the shop for sale.
Sept 16 - Here's a pretty little repair shop in Paris.
Sept. 15 - Dude...I have been seriously busy. I am so busy I don't have the time to tell you how busy I've been.
I've got a "The Martin Tenor" (Committee III) sax for sale here at the shop.
Just finished going over it. Probably go for around $1500.
No time to take pictures or write a webpage...maybe tomorrow.
Rumour has it that I will have a really nice Armstrong Heritage alto sax (Keilwerth) in the shop for sale
sometime this weekend.
I've got an excellent playing R13 clarinet for sale...quite inexpensive.
I finished the Beaugnier Vito Alto repad...that's one of the horns I need to pack and ship back to the owner.
I've got a sweet little Martin whatchamacallit alto...the Searchlight engraving...that has been waiting for
months for a repad.
Sept 10 -
Modern Otto Link "Vintage" Tone Edge (HR) Tenor Sax
8* (0.110") Mouthpiece
I've got a Martin "The Martin Tenor" Committee III in the shop, waiting to be tweaked and then it goes up for sale.
Also have a Martin Committee II (?) - Searchlights/Skyline alto...waiting to be repadded.
Sept. 4 - I will be out of town from 3 p.m. Friday, until Monday (9/7) morning.
Sept. 2 -
Here is a excellent student clarinet, a
Sept. 1 -
Okay...time to start the months with an "R" in them.
That reminds me, I have Sat., Sept 19th marked on my calendar as "Talk Like a Pirate Day"!
Price cut on some special mouthpieces:
Clear Powertone Tenor Sax
Clear Powertone Alto Sax
Unique Britone Tenor Sax
Aug. 30 - New Jason Dumars Engraving site
Aug. 29 -
A Yamaha YTS-21 Tenor Sax.
And a Meyer 4MM Tenor Mouthpiece.
August 27 -
Berkeley Flute for the beginning flute player...with
an optional upgraded case.
Sticky Pads? Here is a
LIST of sticky pad remedies and cures I have run across in the past.
Please don't try these at home. Or at least don't blame me if they go awry.
Aug. 26 - Here is a Yamaha YAS-23 Alto Sax, just in time for school.
Aug. 25 - The price on the Brilhart 5* Level-Aire Bari
Sax mouthpiece has been slashed from $175 to $100.
Stumbled across a fascinating
Living Music, a
series of transcribed interviews of a wide variety of folks involved with music.
Aug. 24 - Is anybody making a "C" Soprano Sax? I see the occasional vintage one, but no modern C Sopranos.
I've got an Buffet R-13 Bb soprano clarinet for sale. If you were looking to upgrade, but didn't have the 'dough-re-mi', this
could be your chance. It is inexpensive for two reasons: 1.) I took it in trade, and 2.) It has a professionally repaired
crack in the upper section. The crack was pinned. Once a crack is pinned, I've never seen or heard of it cracking again.
The clarinet plays well and sounds great. I am way max busy,
otherwise I would have pictures up by now.
For that matter, I have a Jupiter student clarinet for sale as well. Plastic/resin body...just right for the student who
is starting out. I haven't figured out the price yet (I've forgotten what I paid for it!), but it's got to be cheaper
than renting one.
Briefly, I thought today was the 31st, not the 24th. Wow.
in the Marquette University school colors. Yes, it is in playing condition.
August 21 - Here's a
Buffet Dynaction Tenor which is stenciled as an "Olds Opera". I just finished repadding it. It is really nice.
August 17 - I've had the alto Powertone mouthpiece up for a few days...
but now I have a
tenor Powertone mouthpiece as well.
Here's a 1939 Buescher Aristocrat Tenor
that someone will snap up.
SaxGourmet replacement neck for Buescher Tenor Sax
Aug. 15 - The Britone Tenor Sax Mouthpiece goes up on eBay tomorrow, Sunday, 5 p.m. PDT.
Aug. 14 - It's been a week since my last entry.
I am soooo sorry. I'll try to write more frequently.
I've started a new financial austerity program...decided to buy a single $1.00 Wisc. State Lotto ticket every week.
Yep, that's right, I've elected to pay the "Voluntary Stupid Tax", consoling myself by saying, "If you don't play,
you can't win."
Aug. 5 - $100 price drop on the
Buescher 400 alto. From $750 to $650.
Selmer Balanced Action Alto is up for sale on eBay.
Aug. 3 - Where to start?
I sold the new Otto Link "Vintage" Tenor 7* mouthpiece,
but I now have another one in stock, sitting on the shelf,
waiting for you.
I have a rubber "Vintage" Link on order.
I got in three really classy vintage mouthpieces:
A 1930's Otto Link "Master Link" metal tenor mouthpiece
A 1930's Otto Link "Slant Signature" HR tenor mouthpiece
A Brilhart "Carlsbad" Ebolin Tenor mouthpiece.
And, of course, The Britone Tenor Mouthpiece
- Selmer 404 tenor lig
- Rovner EVO-5 ligs
- Rovner Star Series alto sax lig
...along with a bunch of other Rovner ligatures.
July 29 - I hadn't seen this video of Sax Fabrication
July 29 -
OMG! Look what's parked across the street from my workshop.
If I say the name Oscar, what do you think of?
Oscar the Grouch?
Oscar de la Renta?
No, no, no....think BOLOGNA!
July 28 - Here's a Noblet alto
that's been hanging around the shop for a while. I was tempted to price it higher because I like it, but.....
Here's a great
LeBlanc "LL" Bass Clarinet
July 27 - I am proud to be able to offer for sale Larry Borenstein's
1938 Selmer Balanced Action Alto Saxophone.
Here's some pictures from a Jon Irabagon / Anders Svanoe
July 25 - Here's an Olds "Parisian" Tenor sax
made in France by Pierret.
Dropping the price of the Vox (Beaugnier) tenor
July 22 - Christian Gonsior
July 22 - Here is the webpage for the
Buescher "400" Alto Sax.
Check out this mouthpiece BLING!
A couple other Brazilian mouthpiece makers:
I heard one objective of the Chinese in reaching the moon is to 'mine' (refine?)
There is supposedly one million tons of Helium3 on the moon.
100 tons could suupposedly generate sufficient energy for the entire earth for a whole year.
That'd mean there would be sufficient for 10,000 years.
July 21 - This seems to be an excellent website for Jazz Circa 1895-1930:
Counterfeit Vandoren Reeds.
July 19 - Here is the sturdiest inexpensive
tenor flight case I've been able to lay my hands on. It is Mt. Vernon brand.
By "Flight Case" I mean contoured, hard, clam-shell case.
July 18 - I've got a Buescher 400 Alto in the shop that will be coming up for sale as soon as I find the time to take the
pictures. This one was made right after the Selmer buyout of Buescher, an early Series three horn (post Selmer),
before it devolved into cheaper Series 4 and then still cheaper Bundy equivalent generic 400’s.
Great-looking lacquer. Bellkeys on the player's lefthand side. Underslung neck with dentwork evident. Amber rollers.
Very nice engraving.
Lacquer blemishes on bottom of bow and around the low D#. Some sort of property ID number engraving in a
non-conspicuous place along the spine or brace
at the bottom of the bow. Norton screw-in springs and and snapon pads...looks like all the snaps are there...new pads.
I don't get a lot of 'intermediate' altos in and this one qualifies, so I don't expect it will be around long.
JunkDude has a couple of similar ilk....
HERE'S ONE and
Cosmetically, the one I've got here at the shop looks more like the first of those two
And now a new
Otto Link "Vintage" STM (Metal) Tenor Sax "7*" Mouthpiece.
And don't neglect to check out this
Runyon Quantum (metal) Tenor Sax "8" Mouthpiece.
July 17 -
Xaphoon modified by Dr. Jazz (...'tain't me Maw).
Primordial Mouthpiece from the
'Mists of Time'.
July 16 -
A correspondent reports that his parents bought him his Mark VI Alto new in 1969 for $680.
Starting today, you can buy a RepoConn T-Shirt!
I do have in a brand new Otto Link "Vintage" Metal Tenor 7* Mouthpiece.
I also have in a brand new Runyon Quantum Metal Tenor 8 Mouthpiece.
Also I have in N.O.S. (New, Old Stock) Sparkle-Aire Clarinet K9 (.052") Mpce.
And a Meyer G-Series "6" Alto Sax Mpce.
And a vintage Brilhart (?) Powertone .076" Alto Sax Mpce.
in clear plastic.
And a Pugdog
July 15 -
Here is the information on Lawrence "Larry"
And here are pictures of his
Selmer Balanced Action Alto Sax.
July 10 - I will be at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival,
so I will be out of town from Friday 3 p.m., 'till Sunday around 5 p.m.
POWERTONE Alto Sax mouthpiece. I believe it is a
very nice vintage Brilhart made mouthpiece. Can you tell me different? I was experimenting with photography
techniques. I probably just need to read the camera manual.
July 9 - I've been trying to put together a biography of Madison, WI native, Lawrence 'Larry' Borenstein. Larry was a clarinet and
saxophone player, graduated from Madison West High School in 1937 and then graduated from the University of Wisconsin School
of Music in 1941. He played and toured with the Eddie Howard Orchestra, but some time after WWII he played in regional
Midwest groups. Larry died in 1998.
Here is a
WEBPAGE showing the information I've been able to piece together about
him thus far.
And here are photos of Larry's 1938 Selmer Balanced Action Alto Sax
which he played for some 50 years. It has a lovely engraving
on the bell of a sailboat on a lake.
July 3 - I found THIS to be pretty funny.
All right, all right...check out this Ocarina app for the Iphone.
It appears that that you "Blow into your microphone to play music; Hold down combinations of holes to change pitch;
Tilt your phone to change vibrato rate and depth; Advanced users can change keys and modes, including
C-Major and the new Zeldarian mode." That's right "Zeldarian mode".
Here's a guy on Youtube playing a song from Totoro.
Here is a Vito (Yamaha) "Super" Tenor sax.
July the First -
Back from vacation in Austin. Every day got to be over 100 degrees....107 at the max.
June 22 -
Has your C-Mel been sounding a little dissolute? Try the Runyon C-Melody #7 (.092") with spoiler mouthpiece which I now
have in stock.
I also have a new Sparkleaire Steel Ebonite "K9" clarinet mpce in stock.
June 21 - Happy Father's Day to those of you to whom it may apply!
Happy Summer Solstice to everyone in the northern hemisphere.
Here is a very interesting
Evette-Schaeffer Buffet-Crampon C-Melody Sax. Possibly from 1938. It has some unique mechanisms.
June 20 - 1952 Weinermobile Patent
June 19 - Patrick Breiner is scheduled to be on FM 89.9 WORT's "8 O'clock Buzz" this morning at around 8:30 a.m..
They may play some music from his trio's demo recording and possibly a live solo performance.
In addition to being over the radio waves, I think it is simulcast live over the internet at http://www.wort-fm.org/listen.php
Merengue! (Youtube) Thanks Tony.
June 17 -
Okay folks, I will slash $200 from the price of the
SML Rev D. tenor.
Cutting it from $2100 to $1900.
This is an excellent pro horn, plays great...you'll regret it if you don't go for it.
The trickiest thing is....I am on vacation June 23 - 30, so if it doesn't get shipped Monday, 6/22, it'll have to wait
'till I get
back and the price may be back to $2100 by then.
Also cutting $100 from both Goodson gold-plated horns.
The Goodson Tenor now only $850.
And the Goodson Alto is $795.
Both are like-new and that's a whole heck of a lot of horn for the money.
June 16 - There is a gentleman in Germany who has a
lovely gold-plated Vito Model 35 for sale.
This is not your bargain basement Vito. It has the LeBlanc Rationale keywork (all the normal fingerings, plus some
additional alternative fingerings). I understand it to have been a showpiece horn of a famed saxophone player.
June 11 - I carry the widest selection of saxophone reeds in Wisconsin. E.G.:
- V12 Alto
- Java Red Cut
- Superial, Superial DC, Superial NY, Superial Classique
- Rico Reserve Alto
- Rico Grand Concert Select
Plus all the more common reeds...Hemke, Plasticover, Rico Jazz Select, V16, Java, ZZ, LaVoz, etc.
If I don't have it, I'll track it down.
VANDOREN USES HAMBURGER RUBBER FOR ITS MOUTHPIECES?
Have you been to the NEW-YORK HAMBURGER
GUMMI-WAAREN COMPAGNIE AG
That page talks about the nature of ebonite.
And this page leads me to infer it is what Vandoren uses.
June 10 - The SML Rev. D Tenor
is too nice to not have a good neck cork, so I recorked it today and took a couple new pictures.
The BARI Woodwinds mouthpiece Sales Exec will be in town today at 1 p.m.
If you want to see their full line-up of mouthpieces, contact me.
June 9 - I'll be on vacation June 23 - 30. Going to visit Auntie Lynn in Austin, TX
Still cool and rainy in Madison. My tomatoes are never going to grow!
My brother sent me this link to the Saint John Coltrane Church
June 4 - Here's that SML Rev. D tenor sax I mentioned a day or two ago. Excellent pro horn at great price.
MySpace Offers Rock and Jazz Classics
June 3 - Here's what the back of my Snickers bar says:
"More than 99 tons of peanuts go into making 15 million Snickers Bars..."
That's a lot of peanuts. But here's the kicker...it goes on to say:
99 tons of peanuts every day?
15 million Snickers EVERY DAY?
Say we are talking just 5 days a week...that's 260 days a year and take off another 10 days for holidays and whatever.
That's 250 days a year.
That's 3,750,000,000 Snickers bars....3 and 3/4 billion.
And that's 49,500,000 pounds of peanuts.
Did I do the math right?
If each Snickers bar is 4 inches long (measuring the one on my desk here), a year's worth of Snickers would be 236,742 miles
if put end to end.
The distance from the earth to the moon varies from 239,000 to 253,000 miles.
The annual peanut production of the
USA is approx. 1,500,000 lbs.
Does that mean the other 48 millions pounds come from overseas? China or ?
How many Snickers are manufactured overseas?
How many are eaten overseas?
Wikipedia had some info, but not enough.
Okay...one last stat.
If each Snickers bar is 240 calories and a human can survive on 2,000 calories a day...I figure
that 1,232,876 peoples' ANNUAL caloric needs can be fulfilled by Snickers alone.
June 2 - Just hit the shop...a 1954 SML Rev. D tenor. Excellent condition. Pictures and webpage soon to follow.
I am backordered on the
Vandoren V12 alto sax reeds.
I have just one box of the Java Red Cut
Alto 3.0 reeds left, more alto and tenor on order.
I have in Rico Reserve 3.0 and 3.5 alto reeds.
Also Rico Grand Concert Alto 3.0 and Tenor 3.0 in stock.
Also a couple of boxes Francois Louis reeds.
Plus all the other usual suspects.
Oh, and I'm still planning on starting to stock Gonzalez Reeds.
June 1 - Here is the prettiest little Selmer Soprano metal
scroll-shank mouthpiece in a "D" facing.
May 30th - And now here is a Steve Goodson alto
to complement the
Goodson tenor I have for sale. These feature-rich, gold-plated horns are a great value.
Last year I had a Goodson bari sax, but that is gone, gone, gone.
May 28 - Man! Where does the time go?
I just got into the shop a Steve Goodson alto sax...the little brother to the
Goodson tenor. This is also a gold-plated horn, with all the features that distinguish the
Goodson horns. I have just the one, and, competitively priced as it is, this sweet horn will not be available for long.
May 23 - I had the
Runyon Custom Alto Mouthpieces
priced at $70 on my website, but the ones I had on the shelf were actually priced
at $53. Why? I don't know why. I must be going crazy.
As far as the
ALTO "Customs", I have a Black #6 (.077") and an
Amber #8 (.086") in stock
and a Red #7 on order.
And it goes without saying the the black is dark-sounding, the amber is warm-sounding and the red is hot-sounding.
After I get the red one in...I will order a Blue one for those of you who want to play cool jazz.
May 22 - Wait! Is today Talk Like Yoda Day? Or was it yesterday?
May 19th - Here's a webpage for an affordable
Noblet alto. I'm not sure what the price is.
May 16 - Here are some photos of the BARI brand "Hybrid" Tenor Sax
Mouthpiece. The unfortunate choice of "BARI" as a brand name makes it difficult to Google or otherwise
search for these on the internet...you'll keep coming up with "Bari' as in 'Baritone'. I was told on good authority
that after Wolfe Taninbaum sold the rights to the "Wolfe Tayne" name (to Babbit I guess), he had to come up with a new
name and used the first letters from his son and daughter's names...BAbara and RIchard...to come up with the "BARI" brand
May 15 -
The ANCIA Saxophone Quartet will perform at The Weisman Art Museum on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis
on Friday, May 15, 2009 at 7:30 P.M.
The concert will feature Jean Rivier’s Grave et Presto and Jeff Myer’s Tidtu, a single movement work based on the Kulintang gong music of the southern
Philippines. The program also includes Chris Rutkowski’s Dervish - a musical exploration of the Sufi Whirling Dervishes, Ray Ricker’s
Three Jazz Settings for Saxophone Quartet and David Milne's arrangements of jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea’s Children’s Songs.
Admission to the museum and concert is free and open to the public.
FFI: Visit the ANCIA Saxophone Quartet Online: http://www.anciaquartet.com
FFI: Visit the Weisman Art Museum Online: http://www.weisman.umn.edu/
May 14th -
The DNR says: "The spring Neotropical bird migration is in full swing across Wisconsin, with bird watchers reporting more than 20 species of warblers and
100 to 150 total bird species in a single day. Some of the warbler varieties being seen include chestnut-sided, magnolia, Cape May,
black-throated blue and black-throated green, Tennessee, Nashville, yellow-rumped, yellow-throated, palm, cerulean and prothonotary.
The upcoming week should bring some of the peak numbers of birds including some of the later warblers like Connecticut, mourning, Canada and
many of the later flycatcher species."
May 13 - Oh oh...Friday the Thirteenth came on a Wednesday this month.
A correspondent from Germany sent a picture of the left-hand pinkie cluster of a Hammerschmidt Klingsor Sax. Many thanks.
I've added it to the Gallery of Keyclusters. It's the last picture.
Also changed the gallery so that if you hover the cursor over the thumbnail picture, the mfg/model appears.
And don't forget the Gallery of Keyguards.
May 9 - I sold the Harold Arlen Songbook,
however I will be looking to get another copy in stock.
I added some YouTube links to the webpage, but maybe the most interesting one is where
Arlen conducts the orchestra while Tony Bennet sings
"So Long Big Time"
May 8 -
Springtime at Doctor Sax's
Here is a Mouthpiece Tip Gauge for measuring
mouthpiece tip openings.
May 5 - Last week I heard Dave Stoler and Anders Svanoe play "Last Night When We Were Young" by Harold Arlen.
Written in 4, they played it in 3.
Got me to thinking about Harold Arlen. As a consequence, I now have the
"Harold Arlen Songbook" for sale...over 300 pages. I also went to the library
and got a biography on him and some sort of DVD which is a tribute to Arlen's music.
May 4 -
Here's the latest and greatest...a Steve Goodson Tenor Sax.
Gold-plated and with just about every modern innovation you could ask for.
If you are a regular browser on my website, you may have seen this pop up last week and then, suddenly, disappear.
Well...I just wasn't satisfied with the bottom end on this sax.
Like most saxes sourced in the Far East, quality control is what it is all about when it comes to getting a good, playable
This Goodson is a well-put-together horn, but the lower notes just weren't happening...the pads weren't sealing
well and the regulation was off.
I ended up taking all the keys off from G# on down...the lower stack, low D# and C, and low C#, B and Bb...and methodically
reworking them. It is playing
much better now...this is a horn that can turn heads and perk up ears.
Here's a Rousseau "2C" Tenor Mouthpiece
May 3 -
I DO have a couple boxes of
Francois Louis reeds (3.0 Tenor and 3.5 Alto) in stock.
I also ordered some Vandoren ZZ Red Filed Cut (3.0 Tenor and Alto)
And some Vandoren V12 (3.0 Tenor and Alto)
Not sure when the new Vandorens will be in. If you want something different than the 3.0's, let me know and I can order
I've got lots of Superials, Vandorens, Ricos, LaVoz, Hemke, Plasticover, etc.
Also some Legere, BARI and Fibercell reeds.
I just got in some of the new BARI "Star" synthetic reeds.
And while I am talking BARI...I do have in a BARI "Hybrid" Tenor Sax #8 (.110") mouthpiece.
Aaaand, I've been expanding my clarinet reed selection...not as extensive as my sax reed offerings, but it is growing.
Not much by way of oboe or bassoon reeds.
May 2 -
I've never seen this...have you seen this?
"The Musician List" from the Jazz Discography website by Tom Lord?
And this seems pretty weird to me:
Fuller Up, The Dead Musician Directory
Apt. 29 -
The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March.
Robert Frost - "Two Tramps In Mud Time"
Apt. 28 - Fresh from Elkhart, IN...an Otto Link Super Tone Master metal
tenor sax mouthpiece, #8 (.110).
Frankie Manning, the King of Swing Dance,
died Monday, April 27. One of the innovators of the Lindy Hop.
Obit in the LA Times
Apr. 26 - For those of you wondering:
Ale Asylum's Hopalicious Pale Ale uses eleven separate additions of cascade hops to give its
American pale ale its lush citrus aroma and bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness.
Some upcoming jazz performances.
It should be a real treat to see Svanoe(as,ts) and Stoler(p) in a duo setting.
And Castaneda's Latin Jazz is always high-quality. Sometimes the venue constrains them, but they always manage to sneak in
some prime stuff.
Tues., Apr. 28th, 7:00 - 9:00 - Jazz Duo - Dave Stoler with Anders Svanoe at Restaurant Magnus 7-9
Wed., Apr. 29th, 9:00 - 11:30 - New Breed Jam playing the music of Joe Henderson at the Cabana Room
Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 - Tony Castaneda at the Samba Grill
Fri., May 1, 5:00 - 7:00 - Progressive Party 100th Anniv., Tony Castaneda on the rooftop of Monona Terrace
Sat., May 2, 9:30-Bartime - Tony Castaneda at Restaurant Magnus
Sad News: Uncle Larry
Apr. 25 - Here's some info on a
1930's Martin Troubadour.
It has only two right-hand side keys, but ingeniously manages to produce three
notes, the side Bb, the side C and the Hi E.
Apr. 20 -
Double-belled, sax-shaped trumpet.
Apr. 14 - I've been contacted by a guy looking for a Selmer Model 35 or Model 37 Bass Clarinet.
If you have one for sale, please let me know and I will put you in contact with him, thanks.
Trying to build up my stock of
Runyon mouthpieces...here's what I've got so far:
"Model 22" - White - 3, 4, 5 & 6
"Custom" - Black - w/ Spoiler - 6
"Custom" - Amber - w/ Spoiler - 8
"Model 22" - White - 4 & 5
"Custom" - Black - No Spoiler - 8
"Custom" - Amber- w/ Spoiler - 10
Next, I might try to get a "Quantum" or two, though I was also looking at the "SR"...
I also have in stock:
Otto Link ToneEdge (HR) - 5* & 6*
Otto Link Super Tone Master (Metal) - 7
Meyer (HR) - 6MM
Vandoren Jumbo Java - A55
Selmer Super Session - D & E
Selmer S-80 - E
Otto Link ToneEdge (HR) - 5* & 6*
Otto Link Super Tone Master (Metal)- 8
Berg Larsen (HR) - 100/2 SMS
Vandoren Jumbo Java - T95
And lots more.
Apr. 12 - Is anybody looking for mouthpiece storage tubes
or Black Hexagonal Poly End Plugs?
I got the materials to make them to help organize the mouthpieces here at the shop, but I will sell them to you.
I had a heck of a time finding the end plugs.
I got one jar each of sauerkraut and kim-chee from this guy
Received in the following:
Hercules "in-bell" Sax Stand (pretty cool)
Runyon Model 22 Alto
and Tenor Sax Mouthpieces
... all pristine white in color.
Plus other Runyon mouthpieces
Yamaha Tenor and Bari Sax mouthpieces
Almost every Rico Royal Graftonite mouthpiece made...for:
Clarinet; and Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Sax
April 8 - I've got two Selmer Super Session Alto Mpcs in stock, if you've been wanting to try one:
Super Session "D"
Super Session "E"
Apr. 6 - Price cut on Selmer Soloist "E" Bari Sax Mouthpiece
Apr. 5th - They are calling for a substantial snowstorm here in Madison today. Man...it wears me down.
The Rod and Reel shop next door has three signs up in front:
One says "OPEN"
One says "Back in 15 Minutes"
And one says "...Closed on Sundays..."
Apr. 4 - Have you seen this
"Nazi" sax on eBay? You gotta scroll down past all the verbiage to see the pix.
Apr. 2 - Here's a lovely Selmer Soloist "E" Bari Sax Mouthpiece
of the Scrollshank, long shank variety.
I've got a brand new SKB-440 hardshell contoured alto sax case for $120. Still in the plastic bag inside
cardboard shipping box. These go for $150 on
Woodwind and Brasswind.
Apr. 1st -
Who da Foo?
Can anybody tell me:
- What modern case does a 12M bari sax fit into? Customer's looking for something under $500.
I've left messages at SKB and Protec. I guess they either don't know or care what horns fit in their cases. Or maybe they
trying particularly hard to sell them.
- What does a modern Brilhart Level-Air mouthpiece look like? The description says: "supplied with two interchangeable
plastic baffles which can be adjusted to creat a full traditional or bright contemporary jazz sound." Are the
modern Level-Airs entirely different from the vintage ones? Does someone have pix of the baffles they could
show me...wondering if they are like Runyon spoilers? Heaven forbid that Selmer/Brilhart could provide that information.
You'd think they'd want to sell the things. I suppose they can't be bothered.
Mar 31 - Received info about Avanti Scholarships.
$2,000 scholarship open to all graduating high school seniors and undergraduate college students
Mar. 27 - Pretty interesting, at least I thought so...
Post-Industrial Double Bass
& Boot, etc.
Cigar Box Guitar pictures
Mar 24 - What could be more Wisconsin-y than Quattro Formaggi a local
saxophone quartet. They'll be playing at Zion Lutheran Church, 2165 Linden Ave., Sunday, March 29th, 7:00 pm
Mar. 23 - Hey...I hate to seem spacey, but did I loan the
Metal Berg Larsen 95/1 SMS Tenor mouthpiece
Or for that matter, did I sell it to someone? If not, it is hiding somewhere here at the workshop.
Mar 20 -
SPRING SPRING SPRING!
As mentioned...I am out of town this coming weekend, starting today, Friday at 3 p.m.
Got in a brand spankin' new
Vandoren Jumbo Java T95 Tenor Sax Mouthpiece.
Mar. 19 - I will be out of town this coming weekend (Mar 20 - 22).
The Selmer Super Session Alto "E" mouthpiece is now gone.
Here is the Super Session Alto "D" Mpce.
I received the following information on Very Good Authority about Kadri Gopalnath's saxophone:
"Not sure what Kadri uses. I think it’s an Indian saxophone actually!
He has a pro Yamaha and a Super Action 80 but he only uses those when he poses for photo shoots as far as I can tell.
Not sure of the mouthpiece or reed. The reeds seem to be ancient though. Maybe Rico regulars for the orange box?
I heard the rubber band story as well. [Using rubber bands in lieu of springs] If that was ever the case, it certainly is not now.
His action is very light though. He does have the pads built up i.e. They are convex instead of flat which does allow him to
create full sound even when the keys are partially open.
Most of what he does with ornamentation and bending though is done with his embouchure more than with the keys."
March 16 - Bernouli? Yes.
But Kármán vortex street"?
The Shakulute headjoint for flutes.
Mar. 14 - Made it through another Friday the 13th.
Waiting for Spring.
I have gotten in a couple of Selmer "Super Session" Alto Sax mouthpieces...a "D" and an "E".
At one source I found that the C* tip opening is .067", the D is .075" and the E is .078".
But I found this information at
"If you do a straight metric to imperial conversion it appears that Selmer do a range that goes from extremely close
to medium with no open models. This is rather misleading and Geoff Lawton (an internationally renowned expert) uses
the following comparisons:
Selmer C = 4/5 =70
Selmer C* = 5* =75
Selmer C** = 6 = 80
Selmer D = 6* = 85
Selmer E = 7 = 90
Selmer F = 8 = 100
Selmer G = 8* = 105
Selmer H = 9* = 115
Selmer C* = 4* = 80
Selmer C** = 5 = 85
Selmer D = 5* = 90
Selmer E = 6/6* = 95
Selmer F = 7 = 100
Selmer G = 8 = 110
Selmer H = 8* = 115"
The "Super Session" is Selmer's jazz mouthpiece...a small rollover right behind the tip and the chamber
floor is raised to make a modest baffle.
In addition to the Alto Super Sessions, I also have a new
S80 "E" alto mouthpiece.
Also will be getting in a Vandoren Tenor Sax Jumbo Java T95 mouthpiece next week.
Been working on more flutes than usual.
Mar. 7 - Here is that Meyer 6MM Alto Sax mpce.
This mouthpiece is the pathway of choice for a large percentage of players who are serious about playing.
Mar. 5 - Kinda hungry this morning, think I will rustle me up a
BACON EXPLOSION for breakfast.
Mar. 3 - Exceptionally busy here. I received in a new Meyer 6MM Alto Sax Mouthpiece today. Also received in a
Alto Sax Ligature.
Feb. 28 - Finished moving, letting the dust settle, getting back in the saddle again, trying to get caught up on stuff put on hold.
I've got some new projects I am hankering to start, but I gotta clear the slates first.
article in the New Yorker about Rudresh Mahanthappa.
Here is Mahanthappa's website
Some very interesting stuff about Kadri Gopalnath
As the New Yorker article (Mar. 2, 2009) says "Gopalnath...has perfected something that jazz saxophonists have been
attempting for decades; moving beyond the Western chromatic scale into the realm of microtones, a feat harder for wind
instruments [vs. violin for example] whose keys are in fixed positions.... Using alternate fingerings and innovative
embouchure techniques, he maintains faultless intonation while sliding in and out of the chromatic scale."
Feb. 28 - The Jfar Coretet will be in town March 29th, at the Frequency.
Feb. 26 - The move is going well...thanks to all of you who inquired. Thankfully got the bulk of it done before the icy rains
set in today.
Wanted to mention that the owner of the
Buescher Bari Sax dropped the price today.
Since the pictures were taken, he had me add a guide for the lower half of the side Bb key. It is a long key and there was
some side-to-side flex in it which is why he had me do the work.
Feb. 23rd - Well, I am moving my residence this week, so my shop hours will be somewhat sporadic.
Be sure to call ahead.
Should be back to normal next week.
Feb. 20 -
Don't miss one of the coolest east side events ever...the fifth annual
". . . And All That Jazz" dinner-dance! featuring the East High Big
"BIG" Band, East High jazz combos, and the Harley Street Brass. All
ages welcome..Fun guaranteed!
$30 buys you dinner and the dance--$10 for adult dance-only
tickets--$5 student dance-only. Tables of 8 may be reserved as a group.
Hosted by the East High Bands Parent Association, this event has
raised over $40,000 in the last four years for the direct benefit of
East High Bands. Funds raised buy instruments & instrument repairs,
up-to-date computer technology, and help students pay for lessons and
Area businesses and friends of East High Bands have donated art,
jewelry, vacations, clothing, sports tickets, and more to our silent
auction and raffle. Bid high and make East High Bands a winner!
To buy tickets: Download the form at http://eastweb.madison.k12.wi.us/
Or send your check to EHBPA (payable to EHBPA) and mail to:
And All that Jazz, c/o Kathy Last, 613 Stang Street, Madison, WI.
You may also call Kathy Last, 244-7006.
To donate items or services, call Sheryl Trumbower at 608-279-2117.
Thanks for supporting East High Bands and school music
Feb. 17 - I am frustrated. Can anyone tell me where I can order endcaps like
THESE ? I am looking for a just a couple dozen in quantity. The only places I have found has a minimum
of a quantity of 2000!
Check out the band, Basement Magic!
The press is abuzz! "Basement Magic conjures jazz innovation, perfection." - The Baltimore Examiner
Both shows are free.
Wednesday, February 18
The Brink Lounge
701 East Washington Ave
(After the gig we'll be running straight over to Samba for the New Breed's weekly jam. 9-11:30 pm)
Friday, February 20
120 East Wilson Street
Feb. 16 - Have you been looking for a Flutophone?
Or a Conn Song Flute?
That can't have nuthin' to do with
Syeeda's Song Flute. Who is Syeeda?
I've been informed that the liner notes say:
"Syeeda's Song Flute" has a particularly attractive line and is named for Coltrane's 10-year old daughter. "When I ran across it on the piano," he says,
"It reminded me of her because it sounded like a happy, child's song."
Feb. 13 - Don't talk to me about Friday 13th.
It's been a while since I had a bass clarinet in stock. I'm happy to have this
LeBlanc 400 Bass Clarinet for sale.
Okay, here're the webpages for the mouthpieces I mentioned yesterday:
- Selmer S-80 'F' (.091") Tenor Sax
- Selmer 'Jazz' (metal) 'D' Tenor Sax
- Wolfe Tayne '7' (.105") Bari Sax (metal)
Arnold Brilhart metal Bari Sax 5*
- Selmer S80 "E" Alto Sax
Here's a neat little
NPR Fresh Air Episode about Booker Ervin, Ike Quebec and Leo Parker.
I'm not one to tell you what to do, but go to
HERE on the NPR website and scroll down to Cal Tjader's Ginza Samba and click on the "Listen" button.
I double dog dare you not to hop around like Snoopy dancing in a Charlie Brown Special....a great, swinging, ensemble piece.
This is the self-same song the Tony Casteneda uses as a theme song for his weekly WORT FM show, Eight O'Clock Buzz,
If you've got the time, check out Jimmy Giuffre's use of chalumeau register on that same NPR webpage.
Feb. 12 - Mouthpieces have been flying around here like bats at dusk.
In addition to the new Selmer S80 'E' Alto I mention below, I also got in:
- Selmer S-80 'F' (.091") Tenor Sax (used)
- Selmer 'Jazz' (metal) 'D' Tenor Sax (vintage)
- Wolfe Tayne '7' (.105") Bari Sax (metal)
- Arnold Brilhart metal Bari Sax 5* (duck-billed, high step baffle)
Here's that LeBlanc Rationale Tenor Sax.
A truly remarkable instrument.
Feb. 11 - Madison broke the record for warmest Feb. 10 yesterday...set back in 1876.
Received in a LeBlanc Rationale (Semi-Rationale) Tenor Sax yesterday...what a beautiful horn! Pictures to follow.
Feb. 6 - Just in...a Selmer S80 "E" Alto Sax Mouthpiece
. That is a .078 tip opening compared to a C* tip opening of .067" If you've been on a C* for a
while and you've been playing regularly, it might behoove (is that spelled right?) you to check this out.
Here is one paper about the
materials mouthpieces are made of and here is
another one. I don't know about you, but I have trouble reading such things on the computer, so I
am going to print them out and read them later.
Feb. 3 - I've added to my collection of interesting
saxophone left-hand pinkie keyclusters. Some are pretty obscure.
Feb. 2 - Happy Groundhog Day!
Who's a fan of the Bill Murray Groundhog Day movie?
Here are the promised pix of the
Vito Model 35 (LeBlanc Rationale style) alto sax.
Feb. 1 - Two days of above freezing temps. Yay! Premonitions of Spring? Too early yet.
Here is the Selmer Artys "A" Clarinet
And another Selmer Bb clarinet, a Selmer Series 9 * (star)
I have taken pictures of the Vito Model 35 Alto (LeBlanc Rationale style keywork) that I just completed repadding. I
used thin, firm MusicMedic Precision pads with oversized flat metal resonators. I still need to write the webpage for
Next...taking pictures of a LeBlanc 400 Bass clarinet.
Jan. 29 - Received in some very nice clarinets...very nice indeed.
- A Selmer 9*
- A like-new Selmer Artys, key of A clarinet
- And a LeBlanc 400 Bass clarinet
I plan to take pix this weekend and put them up on my website.
jan. 26 - Anbody seen my
This Dolmetsch website looks really cool.
Try the 'Music Dictionary' to the right of the guy holding the recorder.
Jan. 25 - I hadn't seen a Conn 25M alto sax
until a customer brought one in the other day for a 'tune-up'.
Jan. 23 - Spring can't come soon enough this year.
>Jan. 21 - Here are some neat sax case racks
for those of you that have a few more than is manageable.
Jan. 20 - Look at this neat
Eddie Harris Reed Trumpet Mouthpiece on eBay.
Dec. 17 - Received in today a nice Otto Link Super Tone Master "7" Alto Sax Mouthpiece.
Jan. 16 - What I am finding out is that there was King Sax Multi-Voice and Octa-Voice units, but additionally there is this
Beaugnier-built, Vox stenciled Sax.
Anybody tell me if I am correct in assuming that Vox Ampliphonics kitted out both King saxes and
with pickup, effects boxes, amps and speakers?
Also wondering if the Selmer Varitone came out first and other sax mfgs got Vox to electrify their horns as well?
I would love to see one of these OEM pickups in person.
Varitone webpage talks about the development and placement of the Varitone Electro-Voice (EV) pickup/mike.
Here is quote from Otto Link:
"Each year many new (?) Mouthpieces blossom out overnight and fade just as quickly."
Or at least it is a quote from the Otto Link Company, assumedly before the early 50's...before they moved to Florida.
HERE is the ad and full text.
But Theo Wanne's website has a ton of good info.
Jan. 15 - Here is that Vox Tenor Sax I mentioned a few days
ago. It is a Beaugnier "Duke", stenciled (engraved) "Vox" and sold (I assume) by Vox Ampliphonics as a companion to their
Octavoice or Multivoice sound effects units.
And now a King (H.N. White) Cleveland 615 Tenor
Sax ready for you.
The Olds Parisian Tenor has been sold.
A fellow on the East Coast contacted me this morning saying he had a couple of Selmer 10G clarinets that would come available
in the next couple of weeks. Keep watching this space and I will have contact info later on.
Jan 14 - Quite possibly the coldest day of the winter and the furnace is not working here at the shop.
I may stay at the desk all day with the space heater toasting my toes.
I got an inquiry from someone looking for a 14-key, Bb, Albert system clarinet or a reputable dealer who sells them. Suggestions?
Greetings to Kari T. of Finland, writing for repair parts for a Noblet sax.
US Navy Band Saxophone Symposium
Jan. 13 - Baby, it's COLD outside.
And now, here's a Buffet Model 13 Bb clarinet.
This is NOT an R-13, but rather a Model 13, which preceded the R-13.
Finishing up with the "Vox" branded tenor...made by Beaugnier.
Jan. 8 - Thanks to the alert reader who took the trouble to let me know I misspelled Francis Wolff's name.
Here is a SML 'Standard' Tenor for sale. Made the
same time as the Rev. D, it has a few less frills, but still delivers that SML big-bore sound.
And next, a very nice
"The Elkhart" by Buescher alto sax.
Jan. 7 -
Blue Note Records turns 70.
Rudy Van Gelder
Jan. 5 - I did a little more work on the
Buescher Top Hat & Cane tenor and rewrote the webpage.
I was forced to get a new cell phone...I'd had the old one for 4 or 5 years which, these days, made it ancient. It
didn't even have a camera. I am a phlip-phone phanatic, so that's what I got. While I was setting up the various rings,
I got to thinking about all the rings, beeps, bells and chimes we hear day-in, day-out. The first to come to mind was
the micro-wave beeps. The beeps you hear while punching the 'buttons' and the beeping when it is done.
The latter is a specific pitch and cadence, designed to convey something to the user.
I set up my phone to beep when I flip it open. it reminded me of
THIS SOUND. Do you recognize that? ...especially the beeps at the end? That's right, a Star Trek
communicator being flipped open. That's not one of the 'canned' sounds on my phone from which I can choose. I might have
to figure out how to download it. HERE'S
a bunch more Star Trek sounds. If you're not a fan, it might not be relevant to you, but it certainly is to me.
Jan. 5 - Off to the dentist this afternoon...I'll be gone 1-3.
A correspondent (my son) brought the Odd Instrument Site to my
attention. There are the
Pyrophones and Explosion Organs and
Daxophones (be sure to listen to the sound sample) and many others.
Jan. 4 - Here's a Olds "Parisian" Alto Sax,
made in France by Pierret.
Jan. 1, 2009
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Note to self:
- Archive 2008 'Recent Events' (not so recent anymore)
- Update website in general
Strange Sax Pictures
And for those of you who missed it:
Bebopper's Home Page
- Weird Woodwinds and Jazz.
2008 "Recent Events" Archive.