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A few things I do not like about community bands

How I met Eddie Harris

The image is of my friend Eddie Harris a person I really admired.. don’t think he was ever in a community band…

A few things I do not like about community bands

One of the things that I do not like the most is that the loyal players that come to the rehearsals, practice their parts and do their best… do not get paid!  In many bands, they are asked to pay for the privilege of being in the band.
Yet when it comes time for the concerts the band pays ringers to play with the band…. No Oboe… pay someone to play, no vibes player … pay someone…

This really sucks!  It should be the conductors job (who by the way always gets paid) to choose music the band can play…. I made the mistake of playing the oboe parts on C clarinet in rehearsals and of course at the concert…. There was a real oboe player getting paid… again this really sucks!  Hell, they should be paying me and I can sight read the concerts!

 

The other thing I do not like is the band paying outside people to be featured with the bands… If I wanted to accompany people I can get paid to do that.  The concert band is a band and should be used and treated as a band…. Play band music… feature the band… the people that make the rehearsals and pay to keep the band going….

Recap: Do not pay ringers, do not pay featured players… use the area players that want to play, use the area talented students….

This is why I do not play in any of the area bands any longer…

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King Saxophone Tone Holes

King Saxophone Tone Holes

The first photo shows two tone holes before they are cleaned.  As you can see there are many small places that are not smooth. These small dings in the tone hole need to be fixed before starting to put new pads in the saxophone so the pads will seat better.
King Saxophone Tone Holes

This next photo shows the same tone holes after they have been smooth out so the pads will seat better.. I do not use tone hole files and/or the circular tone hole files as I think they tend to remove too much metal from the tone hole.  I use a very fine sand paper and go around the tone hole in a circle to smooth them out.  This takes very little metal off the tone hole.
King Saxophone Tone Holes
King Saxophone Tone Holes

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King Saxophone Pivot Screw design

King Saxophone Pivot Screw design
The King Pivot Screw was a very interesting design… it was a long screw with a nut on the end.  What this allowed was to be able to take the list motion out of a pivot screw key an lock the washer against the post so it would not move.

Other pivot crews can work their way out creating lost motion in the key… this King Pivot crew was much more likely to stay in place.

Here you can see the screw as it is normally in the key and post.

King Saxophone Pivot Screw design

King Saxophone Pivot Screw design

This photo show that the nut can be moved almost to the end of the pivot screw to remove the lost motion.  It would never be screwed down this far but this is just to show the the great range of the screw and nut working together.

King Saxophone Pivot Screw design

King Saxophone Pivot Screw design

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New Saxophone Neck coming soon

New Saxophone Neck coming soon
I have a new Patented Saxophone neck coming out soon.
New Saxophone Neck coming soon
It has a great feature that make it adjustable even when playing.
New Saxophone Neck coming soon
I think players will like how great it plays and the many different sounds and response features.

I think this is one of my greatest achievements in neck designs.  As many of you know I have had several new neck designs that have been copied by less talented designers……  but this is my bet and it has a US Patent

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Plateau Clarinets

Plateau Clarinets: A plateau clarinet simply does not have holes for the fingers to close, they have covered keys. They are great for young students that have trouble covering the holes and for players of any age that have trouble covering the holes.  They sound just like a regular clarinet.
plateau clarinet lower joint

Plateau Upper Joint

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Edgar Winter

Tales of a Woodwind repairman

Edgar Winter

When I got out of the Army I went on the road playing in rock bands and blues bands… I was trying to play the saxophone then I heard Edgar Winter play on his “Entrance” album… hell … he was playing things I could never play if I practiced 24 hours a day…. He was a big reason I became a repairman…. And once again the first time he came into the Sax Shop I was ecstatic.

Of course, not many people think of Edgar as a saxophonist… I think he is one of the best saxophonist I have ever heard… On the Entrance Album Jimmy’s Gospel is outrageous… the way he starts with the simple melody and keeps adding to it each time he plays it until he is playing higher and faster than most sax players can…. Edgar Winter legend!