Saxophone Manual: The step-by-step guide to set-up, care and maintenance Hardcover – 5 Nov 2009
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About the Author
Stephen Howard has been a professional repairer for over 30 years, and a player for even longer. He has an international reputation for his down-to-earth approach that cuts through the myth and jargon and gets straight to the point in an informal and engaging style.
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If you play a sax, whether a vintage one, like mine, or a newbie, and you want to keep it in great nick and performing at its best, buy this manual without hesitation. You won't be disappointed. I've carefully followed the set-up instructions with my old Conn 10M and I've cured a number of niggly leaks - not serious - but ones I'd have otherwise lived with, between annual visits to the repair tech. The improvement in timbre of sound and ease of playing is remarkable. I don't remember it being as good as this, even after getting it back fresh from its annual service in the past. I feel like I've released its true spirit, not to mention my own! For me, the book is worth every penny for that reason alone.
Prospective buyers should note that it is far more than a workshop manual because it also contains invaluable tips on checking out an instrument before purchase. There are also sections on how the saxophone works and parts of the saxophone which shows all (and I do mean all) the components of the saxophone - very illuminating.
The real core of this manual is instrument maintenance and repair in which it excels. The manual tackles each subject in a down to earth, no nonsense, systematic approach. It is a god send for those that are confident and practical enough to tackle some of the more advanced repairs (such as pad and spring replacement) and includes a reference section detailing where to obtain spares parts and specialist tools.
For those not wishing (or have the time) to strip instruments down, the more straightforward advice on how to correctly and carefully lubricate the mechanism should help all woodwind players prevent unnecessary wear on their instrument. The manual also contains advice on how to test for leaks and adjust all aspects of the keywork (spring tension, regulation, action etc...).
Much of the advice can be read across to other woodwind instruments (clarinet, oboe etc...) and so this manual is even more valuable than it first appears. All in all I can not speak too highly of this book..... it's a gem!
An all round great book full of tips and tricks for old and new sax players.
manual I feel I can use with confidence. But it's also a good read with technical overviews, some history, as well as the the "How to do it" stuff- and some humour. Even if you haven't bought your first sax yet this book has a lot of sound advice on how to choose an instrument and how to keep it well and happy after you get it home. The price is unbelievably low for something this useful (have you seen the price of reeds lately?) and I almost covered the cost of mine by not making a trip to my tech who lives 30 miles away
This is suitable for beginners and expert players alike; for those who want to know a bit more about the instrument and those who need to keep their pride and joy in good nick.
If you play the sax then get this book and study it. You'll be glad you did.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good product, and as described by seller, haynes manuals are so good and always have beenPublished 2 months ago by Philip Briggs
I bought this for my girlfriend who has two saxophones, she couldn't put it down for ages, she thought it was a bit of a gag gift, but she said it'll be invaluable for helping to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Frow
A beautiful book, well illustrated and very informative. I wouldn't attempt very much myself but it does help you to understand what could be wrong.Published 8 months ago by Sylvestersax
I had bought a cheap saxophone to see if I could learn the instrument. After some months I was making progress but not reaching the low notes. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer