- 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: 116 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Saxophone Manual: The step-by-step guide to set-up, care and maintenance Hardcover – 5 Nov 2009
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HardCover. Pub Date :2009-11-05 Pages: 164 Language: English Publisher:. Haynes Publishing The saxophone is arguably the most iconic of all instruments. but with its graceful form and soulful tone it's easy to forget that it's still a machine It's a complicated machine. too. and even a slight fault in the mechanism can affect the way it feels and plays. This innovative manual explains clearly and simply how the mechanism functions and what can be done to maintain it. as well as to improve its performance with professional set-up techniques. with few or no specialist tools. This manual is essential reading for everyone who plays the saxophone.
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It's great for teaching you the technical terms of the various parts. I needed this to be able to order spares and chat in forums about various things. But I found that the sax I dismantled required a different sequence of steps to perform the work. Not all saxes are built the same.
But as I said in the first sentence, it helped me to get started and a lot of the advice was spot-on and invaluable. I would recommend this book but I would also add that you need to use a bit of your own logic to deal with the specifics of the sax you're working on. Remember that Haynes normally write a book for a particular make/model. This book covers "The Saxophone" in general. But used wisely you can apply it to most saxes.
If you only want to know how to service a sax,however, you'll find very little to conflict with your particular sax. This will save you time, money and inconvenience because you'll be able to perform basic operations yourself.
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!
It starts at the very beginning for the would be saxophonist - with choosing an instrument. I hesitate to recommend this book to anyone still contemplating taking up the instrument simply because the wealth of information in it might be off putting... maybe?... but it would be ideal a few months down the line when an understanding of the workings of this instrument are naturally aroused by the actuality of practising it every day. Then again - because the intricate and complex plumbing of this amazing instrument can appear off-putting in itself, some students may find this comprehensive information helpful - even essential before getting to grips with a real sax. Hmm...?
Like the tone of a sax, the tone of its manual needs to be mellifluous and author Stephen Howard certainly achieves this with his clear, simple easy to read prose. It is such a well written book that I can see it would even appeal to non musicians interested in mechanics and metalwork. It covers just about every issue for the healthy maintenance of your saxophone with the exception of dents and misalignments - both areas for the expert.
I highly recommend this book which is indispensable to the serious saxophonist.
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