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Haynes Saxophone Manual

Discussion in 'Saxophone (technical)' started by Chris98, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. Chris98

    Chris98 Senior Member

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    I knew Stephen Howard was working on the Haynes Saxophone Manual and he did say it would be available around Christmas so I did a quick hunt and here it is:

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    500 colour illustrations, I bet that took a fair bit of time to do.

    I'm sure that sliver saxophone on the cover looks a little familiar.
     
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  3. kevgermany

    kevgermany ex Landrover Nut Cafe Moderator

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    Thanks, I want one. Pity it's not available yet - and no pre-orders :-(
     
  4. Stephen Howard

    Stephen Howard Senior Member

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    Yep - it's due out any day now!

    I can't wait myself - although I've seen the proofs ( and written the thing! ) I won't quite believe it until I have a copy of the book in my hands. It'll mark the end of two years of hard graft ( something I'm not used to! ).

    It seems to be available from a number of places at various prices, but if anyone fancies a signed copy I'll be selling them via my website in due course.

    As for the horn on the front cover, it's the Bauhaus-Walstein pro horn - the tenor is used in the book for the articles. I took a number of test shots of various horns and the BW looked the best by far.

    Regards,
     
  5. old git

    old git Tremendous Bore

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    Stephen,
    Congratulations on completing your task.

    Trust there is a dedication to the heroine of my 'Incredibly Famous Saxophonist' thread as Griff has proved too proud to acknowledge The Real Master Technician.
     
  6. Stephen Howard

    Stephen Howard Senior Member

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    I wanted to put in a dedication to the great Minnie Banninster, but I got caught out by the Great Ink Shortage. By the time I managed to buy a small quantity from Messrs. Thynne % Moriarty I'd succumbed to the Spon Plague and had to spend a week at the Goosey % Bawkes Sanitorium for Distressed Vagabonds and subsequently missed the publication date.

    Regards,
     
  7. Phil Edwards

    Phil Edwards Senior Member

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    Hi Stephen, did me ol' Martin's felt buffer picture make it to the rarified world of hard-copy, or not...

    glad to see you're done now,

    Phil
     
  8. Stephen Howard

    Stephen Howard Senior Member

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    It did indeed ( or at least it was there in the proofs ) - so you win a signed copy and a mention in the acknowledgements!

    Cheers,
     
  9. kevgermany

    kevgermany ex Landrover Nut Cafe Moderator

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    Signed first edition - now we're talking. Please let us know when!
     
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    Stephen, what are the chances on that option having delivery before Christmas?

    When the season of goodwill to all men degenerates into the traditional row over a game of monopoly, granny hovers hopefully under the mistletoe, and the cat does something unpleasant in the dining room it would be good to be able to retire to a quiet room and seek calm with a good book.
     
  11. SaxinNZ

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    Yes please Sir

    .. put me down for one:D should get my new BW Tenor any day now. I'm sure it will come with a basic operators manual, but you cant beat a Haynes if you want to get down and dirty! Popping the bonnet is one thing, but correct fluid levels, pressures and gasket changing, well you cant do it without a good manual!:welldone
     
  12. Mamos

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    Well that's going on my Christmas list

    mamos
     
  13. Stephen Howard

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    The publication date is 'any day now' - and I've reserved a number of copies, so there shouldn't be any problem with delivery well before Crimbo.

    Regards,
     
  14. rhysonsax

    rhysonsax Well-Known Member

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    What about an author's signing session possibly at a local literary establishment that serves beer ?

    Rhys

    PS I like the story of the important author who wrote a dedication to "Emma Chiset" after misunderstaning the approach of a potential reader who wanted to know the price.
     
  15. Stephen Howard

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    Sounds like a proper idea to me - though if anyone wants a half-legible signature they'd better get there early...

    Cheers!
     
  16. half diminished

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    It's on my xmas list though mrs hd said immediately - "Choosing, why do you need a book on choosing a saxophone - you already have one" >:)

    Of course I reminded her of the title 'Choosing, setting up and maintaining a saxophone '. Seems she's forgotten about the saxello already.
     
  17. Moz

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    I have received a copy of the Haynes manual from Amazon priced at about £13, most interesting. The cover picture is of a BW sax. Haven't studied it in detail yet but at first skip-through it looks good enough to allow someone to do more than basic maintenance.


    Cheers

    Martin
     
  18. chris_curtis

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    Mine came through from Amazon. So much detail and good to read - worth every penny.
     
  19. old git

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    Received my signed copy from Stephen this morning.

    Thanks Stephen and just realised, after thinking about an ex called Stephanie, why we shouldn't shorten your name. ;}

    Now if I can get Pete to autograph his picture, will enter it for next year's Turner Prize. :)

    Seriously, looks a really good read but why does the BW silver alto on the front have bits that seemed to have been ordered originally for the Hanson range? :D
     
  20. kevgermany

    kevgermany ex Landrover Nut Cafe Moderator

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    Mine arrived yesterday. Super book. The last Haynes manual I bought was for my Landrover, 20 years ago. What a difference. Content is just as good - or better. But the paper's a lot better. It's colour instead of murky B&W. And really well written. :welldone:welldone:welldone

    Just one problem, and it's a serious one - I'm not allowed to have it until Christmas. :(
     
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    Mine's been taken away to be wrapped as well. It arrived very quickly; thanks Stephen.