It still irks me that you can no longer buy saltpetre and flowers of sulphur from the chemist... what's available from your local "chemist":
it's now a lot harder to buy, over the counter...
I can't think why.....
You're just ahead of us. Let us all know if you make it to the 22ndLooks like an edition of the Eric Brand Wind Instrument Manual that Selmer (Andy is correct) put out.
I purchased my copy from Ferres Tool in the States. My copy has a picture of Selmer Balanced Action alto which puts it around the late 1930s.
The manual was always recommended by the 'Sax Doctor' Emilio Lyons in his repair segment in Saxophone Journal as the "Bible" of wind instrument repair.
Cheers and happy last day of the world...it's 8.21 a.m. on the 21st of December 2012 and I'm still here...))
Too bad Erick Brand didn't quit beating around the bush and come out and tell us how he really felt about the Rudy Weidoft model. ;} There is still loads of information in that book that is as accurate and useful as it was when the book was written over 60 years ago.If ever there were changes made on saxophones, the Holton Company made them. What would normally seem to be changes for the better. made this saxophone in the past seem like a farce. The high Eb trill key put out by the Holton Company with the advent of their Rudy Weidoft Model was a museum piece. Their attempt of clarification of the middle D by the insertion of the C auxiliary tone hole was. without question, the worst key arrangement that could possibly be conceived by the minds of men. Their G# trill lever was, without any doubt, one of the biggest mistakes ever made by any saxophone company. The insertion of an extremely long rod to hold the Eb trill lever and the high E key was undoubtedly a horrible mistake in saxophone planning. However, the more recent Holton instrument, although it cannot be considered among the finest in the professional field, has made such fine improvements that it ranges as one of the top instruments for the amateur student lines.
No problems Kev...You're just ahead of us. Let us all know if you make it to the 22nd
Good question. I went back to the Ferree's catalog and it says, "This manual has been faithfully reprinted since 1993, to help newcomers". Calling it "revised" is incorrect. I apologize for my mistake.What do you mean with "revised edition"? Was it updated to include more modern tools and exclude illegal or banned materials such as asbestos? Or was it just re-printed. Not sure what is meant here with "revised edition"!
Thanks for the info, would it make sense for me to buy The Band Instrument Repairing Manual by Erick Brand, seeing as I have a copy of the Kirschner's manual? Or just use the money to buy needed tools?Good question. I went back to the Ferree's catalog and it says, "This manual has been faithfully reprinted since 1993, to help newcomers". Calling it "revised" is incorrect. I apologize for my mistake.
Now for some important information with regard to this thread. The work that is linked to in the initial post is not "The Band Instrument Repairing Manual by Erick Brand". I can state this for a fact because I have the original hardcover book it was copied from sitting on my desk. The repair manual made available in pdf format on the internet is "The Encyclopedia of Band Instrument Repair" by Frederick Kirschner published in 1962 by Music Trade Review, Inc. New York. The copy I have is on loan from the Public Library of Des Moines, Iowa---one of two copies known to be in libraries across the U.S. It is cool the way the basic fundamentals of instrument repair have not changed in over 50 years. Both Brand and Kirschner were geniuses in their trade.