This is a fabulous horn. It’s a poster child for what the 80-90xxx Mark VI tenors are all about. Zero to 100 in no-time-flat. Huge sound. Almost unbelievable fatness. Incredible punch – practically enough to take out the other side of the room. Remarkably, this is a one-owner horn. It still has the original lacquer, even though there’s a good bit of it missing. But that helps this beast resonate like a madman.
I just finished a fresh overhaul on this Mark VI tenor and it’s dialed in to perfection. Pisoni Pro pads. ResoTech domed nickel resonators. Any little dings are now gone. I resoldered the Eb guard feet and it’s now as solid as it can be. It’s been played all its life, yet it has so much more life to give. It even has the original case. This is one axe I’d truly like to keep.
Attention 18 and older:
Beautiful Naked Lady in the shop.
Here is a great example of a 26M Conqueror. The physical condition is 95 percent original condition. The naked lady engraving is impeccable. There are no solder joints or major dents on this horn. I have removed a couple very miniscule dents that are not even noticeable. There is only some minor scratching around the right hand thumb rest on the back side of the body tube. It even comes in its original tweed case!
The horn has been rebuilt using plastic resonators. I will go through the horn and do a complete setup on it before it leaves the shop.
Conqueror models have some of the deepest, yet lively sounds of any Conn Saxophone. It is a must try if you have not played one properly set up.
The Aaron Barnard Bare Naked Brass Restoration is the ultimate expression of freeing a saxophone for maximum vibration. It enables an instrument to realize its full potential in terms of performance from the perspective of resonance and the quality of sound produced.
Imagine a saxophone stand that holds your horn more securely, won’t tip over, weighs practically nothing and collapses to fit into the bell of your sax for travel. That’s exactly what the new carbon fiber saxophone stand from Woodwind Design delivers.
No more separate bags of heavy gear for gigs. Consider a Hercules steel tenor stand at 2.09 pounds compared to a Woodwind Design carbon fiber tenor stand at 0.33 pounds. With four legs and a molded bell cradle, the stability is outstanding. And the neoprene foam inside the bell cradle won’t damage your instrument’s finish. Plus, it assembles in seconds.
Fit and finish? Hands down the coolest stand on the market.
Barnard Instrument Repair is pleased to offer these fabulous stands to discerning players and will have a limited number of stands in stock. Given that each one is handmade, there will be a 4-6-week lead time on back orders.
Pricing as follows:
$ 65 / Soprano Stand
$ 169 / Alto Stand
$ 169 / Tenor Stand
$ 225 / Low A Baritone Stand
$ 225 / Bb Baritone Stand
$ 35 / Alto Adapter for Tenor Stand
$ 75 / Additional Low A or Bb Bell Support
$ 20 / Pouch for Alto Stand
$ 20 / Pouch for Tenor Stand
$ 25 / Pouch for Baritone Stand
A customer recently shared an interesting story about a mishap on a gig that he was playing. Turns out a mic stand accidentally got knocked over and ended up hitting something that ricocheted off his tenor sax that was at rest in its carbon fiber stand. Unfortunately, the body tube of the sax now has a dent, but the stand with the instrument stood firm and didn’t fall over which prevented major damage. Ultimately a nice testament to the stability of the Woodwind Design stand.
I believe in the value of one-on-one consults for each customer. Through appointment-only meetings, we have the opportunity – and the time – to really talk about what you’re looking for in terms of sound and performance from your saxophone. I can ask questions and share my recommendations for the highest quality repair, setup and/or restoration. It also gives each customer the uninterrupted space they need to try a new instrument or mouthpiece.
We’ve all been there. You try to hit a G# or a low C# and nothing happens. Turns out the pad is glued tight to the tone hole. So you reach down and open it manually. And then it sticks again. Now there’s a better fix. Pad-Stick. You simply run the Pad-Stick strip between the closed pad and tone hole under light pressure. Its fabric surface magically cleans the pad. The Pad-Stick strip is tapered so the narrow end works perfectly on small keys and the wide end is great for big ones. And if it ever gets dirty, a little soap and water will clean it right up. As a repair tech, I always have Pad-Stick on my bench. I love this product. It really works.
Pro Tip: As a preventative measure, run Pad-Stick between your closed keys before putting your horn away to keep your pads nice and tidy.
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Here is a rare example of a Selmer Super Sax. This horn comes from the time period which included the Cigar Cutter, Super, and Radio Improved models. All of these models were very similar in neck and body designs, just a few changes in key designs. This one falls at the very end of the Super range, and depending on which serial number chart you are reading, falls into the early Radio Improved model.
The lacquer and engraving is in great condition considering the age of this horn. There have been a few very small dents removed from the body. It was recently rebuilt with large domed brass resonators. After a quick setup, this horn is playing great and ready for any gig!
The Meyer Bros alto mouthpiece is truly the holy grail of alto mouthpieces. It’s got that presence. Huge. Bottomless. Rich. Bold. With an edge. So linear yet so flexible. Hard rubber that sets the high mark for quality. A finish that’s so consistent. Played by some of the greatest legends in the world. Maybe that’s why it’s the most copied alto mouthpiece out there. Imagine having the opportunity to own an original. And having a selection of three top-playing pieces to choose from. How fortunate for a couple of lucky individuals that one of the top pros in the business is thinning his backup.
This Saxello had been sitting apart in another shop for who knows how long. It had a butchered low Bb key that needed to be replaced. The neck had been removed at some point and was missing gold at the solder joint. It also didn’t have pads or springs. But my customer had high expectations for this instrument. There aren’t many Saxellos out there and finding one in gold made this one even more special. Part of the trick to this project would be to match the color and feel of the original gold plating on the neck joint, the new Bb key and a couple of wear spots on the body tube. In spite of those things, it looked like a pretty straightforward restoration. Turned out it was a bit more challenging.
When I got it apart, I discovered all the rods were heavily corroded from sitting exposed for so long and each one had to be cleaned and polished. The body tube was tweaked. And surprise, four of the posts became loose when I straightened the body tube and had to be re-soldered. There were only a couple of very minor dents which completely disappeared with a little persuasion. I was able to graft on a low Bb key from a similar vintage King straight soprano which worked out perfectly. We took the restoration a step farther and put in gold-plated, small, flat resonators and Pisoni pads to replace the original pads and rivets. The photos pretty much speak for themselves. It definitely was worth all the effort.
How does it play? A pure delight with an absolutely unique and wonderful sound. Nothing quite like a King Saxello. As an aside, I happened to have three of these remarkable sopranos in the shop at the same time. Plus a Buescher straight alto. Not too often you get to see a lineup like that.
Barnard Instrument Repair, D'Addario and Friends of Puerto Rico are pleased to present A Tribute to Puerto Rico by José Antonio Zayas Cabán. José Antonio Zayas Cabán, Joel Gordon and Casey Rafn will be performing the music of Astol Artés, Beytelmann, Feld, Mendelssohn, Villa Lobos and Puerto Rican composer Rafael Hernández. This will be a very special series of performances and we hope you can join us. Contact Jose directly for more information.
José and his trio are raising funds through their music in A Tribute to Puerto Rico to support the recovery of communities in Puerto Rico; the efforts are done in partnership with Friends of Puerto Rico. Since October, 2017, Friends of Puerto Rico has invested 1.5 million dollars to provide relief and recovery for the island. José and Friends of Puerto Rico invite you to participate to meet their March goal of $15,000.
Learn more about how to donate.
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The vintage and professional saxophone market can be tricky to navigate. Sometimes horns (and mouthpieces) are available in the “usual places” and sometimes they aren’t. But that doesn’t mean a particular vintage Selmer, Conn, King or whatever you’re looking for isn’t there for the taking. I have a high-quality network of collectors who may have what you want. Talk to me about your needs. Who knows, I just may be able to surprise you.