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Screamin Wind

Member
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Halesowen, West Midlands
Hi Guys,

1... I have a Martin "The Martin" tenor (1955) that deserves a complete A1 overhaul & repad. I live near Birmingham so a technician on my doorstep would be a great advantage.

So, who do you recommend to do this work for me?
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2... I also have a Buescher Aristocrat Series 1 tenor (1939) It has Snap-in Pads, Norton Springs etc & is in pristine condition, 99% lacquer, no dents or dings. About 2 years ago it was completely overhauled & repadded by Roger Price.
I'm thinking of selling this horn as I'm still not comfortable using the LH cluster keys.

Where is the best place to sell it & what ballpark price can I expect this instrument to sell at?
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3... Or do I sell both saxes & buy something more modern, if yes, what make & model tenor would you recommend?
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I look forward to your replies.

Regards,
Mike
 
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Taz

Busking Oracle
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Rugby UK
I can only help you with question 1 I'm afraid. Alex Preston He's in Coventry, so not a million miles away. I can't say how good he is as he's only replaced a spring for me. I have to say though it was a little tricky as the old stub didn't want to come out. However, he didn't charge me much. He's a member on this site although I've not seen him on here recently.
 

Rogerb

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Location
Costa Blanca, Spain
My teacher has his MkVI serviced by a repairer somewhere in The Midlands and swears by their work...and prices.
(Something like 'Midlands Wind' ...but I can't recall exactly)
He's away, but I can ask him when I am next in contact if you wish.
 

Lupifaro

Member
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200
Location
Wales
My teacher has his MkVI serviced by a repairer somewhere in The Midlands and swears by their work...and prices.
(Something like 'Midlands Wind' ...but I can't recall exactly)
He's away, but I can ask him when I am next in contact if you wish.
It may be what was MIR midland instrument repair,I think they are still trading under a different name ?? Charlie Connolly as the main man.i am sure someone will get the full details to you very soon:welldone
Good luck Birdman
 

thomsax

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Sweden
I would also renovate The Martin. I think Martins are very good. I don't say they are best, they just fit my personality and I feel good playing on them. If you are going to repad make sure that the new pads are thin, 4 mm or thinner, and that the keyheigts are sat low. If you can play the sax (with your ordinary mouthpiece) during regulating of the keys, I think your Martin will be even better. A modern type of pad like Martin Chanu with plastic or metal resonators makes Martins a little more contemporary.

Thomas
 

AlanU

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624
Location
Enfield, North London
I like Martins too.
I re-built my Handcraft stencil alto with Roo-pads.
They feel so positive, and they are not much more expensive really.
I know they will outlast me.
 

Lupifaro

Member
Messages
200
Location
Wales
It may be what was MIR midland instrument repair,I think they are still trading under a different name ?? Charlie Connolly as the main man.i am sure someone will get the full details to you very soon:welldone
Good luck Birdman
Just found a link to Charlie Connolly:welldone he also trades on eBay as connollymir he is still in the west midlands:)
birdman

www.studiosaxophones.co.uk
 
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