My latest project is a The Martin Tenor saxophone from 1951, serial number 174XXX. It appears to be an older relacquer, looks very good, and has a fabulous sound. I decided to send it to the Tech to have it … Continue reading →
Not vintage by a long stretch yet, but here’s some pictures of my daily driver – really like this one for its reliability, flexibility, ergonomics and tone. 2005 Yamaha Custom 82Z. Haven’t found the perfect mouthpiece for it yet, does … Continue reading →
Found these pictures of one of my old saxes that I sold on, unfortunately – the engineering on this one was fantastic, very sturdy, elegant construction. Pictures are not great, I regret that I did not take some after the … Continue reading →
Some 10 years ago I got my hands on a badly abused ‘The Indiana by Martin’, which I repaired – the posts were pressed into the body quite badly, and he straightened out the tube for me. It turned out … Continue reading →
This one is a bit of a mystery to me, it looks like an early Conn 16M (‘Shooting Stars’), but it is engraved as ‘Benetone’, bare brass with nickel keys. It seems to have been played a fair bit, and … Continue reading →
Through the years, I’ve collected a fair number of vintage saxophones. I like the sound of the sax, and I like the intricacy of the engineering. It’s also fascinating how the sound of the sax has evolved over the years, and playing saxes that were made in the 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s feels like getting a window into times gone by in a very special way.