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Low C Key Bounce

Low C Key Bounce:
On many saxophones the G-Sharp and Low C keys tend to bounce.  The reason for this many times is the spring placement. The spring is right near the rod of the key and this allows the key to bounce unless it has a lot of tension on the spring. Not enjoyable to play with this tension.
This photo shows the traditional placement for the Low C spring.

By making a slight grove further out on the key the bounce can be made less and still have a spring tension that is usable. It does not weaken the key and allows the response time of the Low C key to be improved. I also used a stainless steel spring to help with the bounce because they tend to bounce less.
This photo shows the spring placement.

Very easy fix……

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Long Neck Cork


Repair Tip

As repairmen we always want to do things right. However, we are sometimes limited in what we can do by the guys that worked on the instrument before you.

The neck cork on this Selmer Mark VI tenor is way too long.  But since the guys in front of me that put the extra-long cork on the neck, I must do the same thing.

When he glued the cork on he also roughed up the neck under the cork. So not to show the bad neck scratches I had to put on a long cork.

Sometimes the guys in front of you might make different decisions on how things must work and then many times you are stuck with his decision.  Even if you don’t agree with that decision.

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Plasticover Reeds

I was asked if Plasticover Reeds are good for beginners.

The short answer is NO!  Plasticover reeds respond differently, have a different sound and can make playing the instrument more difficult,

Now having said that I play Plasticover reeds on both clarinet and baritone saxophone.  I am likely one of the few people on the planet that play Plasticover reeds on a clarinet but I produce a respectable tone and have good control with the reeds.

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Mel’s Diner

I had dinner last night at Mel’s Diner on Sunset.. it was fun… I had Goat Cheese and Turkey Sliders… It had a lot of green stuff on it… I usually don’t eat things that are green, first time I ever tried that…

8585 Sunset Blvd.

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I am now expanding my repair shop in Torrance.  Got so busy I need more room to keep things straight.
I am doing saxophone mechanical overhauls and have many new exciting pads for better response and to prevent sticking.

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Clarinet Poster CL-204

Clarinet Poster CL-204
Now I know I  am going to hear from clarinet players… but having played the clarinet for over 60 years I believe I understand the beast.

It is called the “Mystery Stick”, “My Worst enemy” and it goes on and on.. The clarinet is likely the most difficult of all the woodwinds to play (I don’t care what the Oboe and Bassoon players say) it is really hard.

One day it is your friend and the next it is like it never heard of you!

So there are many times in my life I wanted to do this with my clarinet so I thought it would be nice to share it with the world.

Clarinet where it should be!