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Having a sax serviced

singlereed

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I thought Griff worked at Justflutes? The guys at Sax.co.uk in Crowborough are very good - led by Colin Jones, who has a good reputation around here - used to work out of a shop in Horsham I think, before that. I had a set-up by a young lady there called Amy who did a really good job. I usually take my instruments to Sue Redsull in Mitcham who is very experienced and very 'reasonable'. I had been playing 3 or 4 years before I discovered her and my eyes and ears were opened to how a saxophone SHOULD play (given that new Selmers and Keilwerths generally barely work at all until set up). It is a pain having to organise a service from time to time, but I wouldn't do without it. Otherwise, buy a Yamaha or Yanagisawa - as a rule, I've found they work perfectly out of the box and rarely need any attention.......
 

Young Col

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Not sure if Griff still works at Sax co in their London store. No doubt he'll say before long!
I regard Griff as the Merlin of sax mechanics and very reasonable too!
YC
 

griff136

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Hi guy's and thanks for your kind words.:blush:

I tend to only work at Sax.co.uk's London store now when they need cover or if they're extremely busy.

Mark who is the main tech there is a great guy and knows his stuff.
 

thehunt

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Just wanted to add to this thread that i had my Tenor serviced before my gig last week, it was definitely much better to play and felt much tighter, so yeah go for it.
 

JTMaul

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Odd question, I just received a beat-up The Martin Baritone, and I found a bullet hole with the exit being right above the low Bb tone hole. How much would a patch for this be at a reasonable price? Any tips on a possible home fix?
 

griff136

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Odd question, I just received a beat-up The Martin Baritone, and I found a bullet hole with the exit being right above the low Bb tone hole. How much would a patch for this be at a reasonable price? Any tips on a possible home fix?
Seeing as your bari has been "shot" then you may need to use this:

http://www.waproducts.co.uk/proddetail.php?prod=D41186

To patch it assuming its a small hole and it wasnt hit by a howitzer round , then I would charge around £20 per patch.

A quick DIY fix just put some gaffer tape over the hole.

got any pictures of said war wounds?
 

griff136

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O.G there's no such thing as an ex Marine only Former serving Marines. Once a Marine always a Marine!
Oh and I keep in reserve, the more delicate non diplomatic skills honed over 22 years as a Commando, for the rare occasions I get really nauseatingly obnoxiously rude customers who dont value the worth of their technician.
 
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old git

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O.G there's no such thing as an ex Marine only Former serving Marines. Once a Marine always a Marine!
Oh and I keep in reserve, the more delicate non diplomatic skills honed over 22 years as a Commando, for the rare occasions I get really nauseatingly obnoxiously rude customers who dont value the worth of their technician.
Mmmmm! Squeak! OMG!
We, who used to work for the Company at Cheltenham suffer exactly the same problems, can't stop listening to radio signals.

Have a nice Chrissy for 2010 and the next five years, as after a threat like that, might have to use Rockbottom instead of Jonnies. ;}
 

Young Col

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Well I've never been nauseatingly obnoxiously rude to Griff, so when I ask him (nicely of course) to service my sax in January I guess you won't be coming along for lunch Bill.....? Rockbottom's a guitar/drums sort of shop anyway!
YC
 

old git

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Ah but the manager's dad is one of the best Free Reed tuners in the UK.

No, I can't stand it. Whatever I've done Griff, please don't make me rejoin the Morris side. If I have to play 'British Grenadiers' or 'Bonny Green Garters' again on the melodeon or flute, it'll have to be Sepuku. And no, you can't come and watch.
 

AlanU

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I wonder if that is the baritone which is the subject of Stephen Howard's entry in Notes, called 'Monkey Business'
How many baritones can there be sporting bullet holes?
 
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