• The Rebuild of Selmer, Part 2: 1922 to 1925

    by  • April 24, 2011

    First, allow me to repeat myself: According to the official Selmer website, www.selmer.fr, the first saxophone built by Selmer was a Series 1922, released on December 31, 1921. Now I get to confuse everyone. The first horns that Selmer produced were very likely the Series 1922 (albeit engraved “Serie,” like the current Super Action...

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    The Rebuild of Selmer, Part 1: Before 1922.

    by  • March 28, 2011

    Let me start writing about Selmer saxophones by … not writing about Selmer saxophones. According to the official Selmer website, www.selmer.fr (requires Adobe Flash plug-in), the first saxophone built by Selmer was a Series 1922, released on December 31, 1921. However, if you click the button to look at the picture on the Selmer...

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    Claude Laurent Crystal Flutes

    by  • March 13, 2011

    Here’s a little departure from the saxophone world. Allow me to talk about flutes, for a bit. First, I am not a flute player. I have difficulty even getting a sound out of one. My sister, on the other hand, was a pretty decent flute player. Additionally, as one of the administrators for the...

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    Update: Where Have I Been?

    by  • November 24, 2010

    Long story short, my father died late last month.  As I needed to get the funeral stuff all-together, that meant that I was unable to post anything here.  I am still quasi-working on that new certification and I did finish the calendar.  I’ll post linkies and stuff when I get back to AZ, say...

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    Temp Hiatus

    by  • August 31, 2010

    I noticed a few folks didn’t see that “Announce-” button at the bottom of the page.  No worries. I’m taking a temp hiatus: I’m working 48+ hours a week and I’m attempting to study for yet another computer certification.  On top of that, I have a 2011 calendar that I’m supposed to assemble, if...

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    Material Matters … NOT (Part 2)

    by  • July 22, 2010

    Or, more accurately, The Ongoing Series. On the Woodwind Forum we got a thread started about the limited-edition Yamaha 875EXW white-lacquer alto saxophone.  Now, I had just looked at the picture and pronounced it pretty, but I thought it looked a little too much like a marching-band horn.  What I missed was a quote...

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    Yamaha Home

    by  • July 21, 2010

    Since 1887, when it began producing reed organs, the Yamaha Corporation in Japan (then Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd.) has grown to become the world’s largest manufacturer of a full line of musical instruments, and a leading producer of audio/visual products, semiconductors and other computer related products, sporting goods, home appliances and furniture, specialty metals,...

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