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Saxophone Manual: The step-by-step guide to set-up, care and maintenance Hardcover – 5 Nov 2009

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  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (5 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844256383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844256389
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Anyone well acquainted with Haynes vehicle manuals will know them to be great value for money - taking the reader through step-by-step instructions on everything from changing a headlight bulb, to stripping the engine out. Problem is, the clarity of instructions in the text department is not always matched by the pictures in the visuals dept. Well in this manual by Stephen Howard, you not only get very easy-to-follow instructions on how to maintain and set up your sax, you also get great high definition colour pictures to accompany the text. It's a huge leap forward in quality compared to other Haynes manuals and written in a style that's just a great informative read on its own.

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.
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Congratulations to the Author Stephen Howard and to Haynes for such a well thought out and informative workshop manual. The production is a revelation with a set of very professional colour photographs (virtually all by the author); all are well planned and very well executed. The quality of this hardback manual on high quality paper is worlds apart from some earlier Haynes car workshop manuals.

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!
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As a new member of the woodwind playing I think I will leave the stripping and fixing to the pro. But it helps me to understand how it works. The illustration are fantastic and it has ease of reading, easy to follow.
An all round great book full of tips and tricks for old and new sax players.
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If you own a saxophone then this is an essential 'must have' book. The book shows you how to maintain and (more importantly) fix your saxophone when things go wrong. The book is easy to read, well laid out, and comes with a healthy dose of common sense. Whilst it does not cover saxophone restoration it does cover all of the common saxophone ailments and their remedy. Stephen Howard has a worldwide reputation in his field and this book distills the essence of his skill(s), experience, and knowledge. Owning this book will be a bit like having vehicle breakdown insurance.... most of the time you will not need it - but when you do it's priceless. Worth every penny. Buy it.
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Within 2 days of receiving this book one of the keys on my horn stopped working. Perhaps five minutes later, with the help of Messrs Haynes and Howard I had found the trouble and fixed it. The text and superb pictures really work together to make this a
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
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Having been s sax player for a good number of years I found myself stumped when a new sax was behaving very badly. Enter this book. In a very clear, honest and down to earth style Stephen Howard has taken the saxophone apart and explained it. After a brief search, guided by the book, I found a small screw had come loose. After tightening, the sax is once again an enjoyable (and listenable) instrument.

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.
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