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jonf

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Amazing sax, but it's not a new idea. See

http://www.cybersax.com/One-HandFmez.html

One handed Mezzo in F. Worth a few quid?

Also, a guy called Al Miller lost his arm in WWI and had a one-handed alto sax made by Conn, which he played professionally. Scroll down the cybersax link above and you'll see the story.
 

dooce

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Amazing. I can still just about play with my right wrist and lower arm encased in a fibreglass cast (and a mate is going to attack the cast with a Dremel cutter tomorrow night so I can get more movement in my little finger). I think I'm battling on - that guy with the use of one arm deserves huge respect.

PS - I may be back to A&E tomorrow night asking them nicely to re-attach my right little finger..........
 

visionari1

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Incredible, to play one handed, of that quality. Amazing and thanks for posting the links. Most impressed and I have an old Conn Alto as well.

I hope I never find out (if I need to) to play one handed!:

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Bigtwin

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That is one hell of a piece of engineering. It'd be very interesting to hear it played by the guy for whom its built.
 

Bigtwin

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Yes he is, insn't he. Which is rather annoying in an odd way when I think how much time and effort I have to put in with two fully-functioning hands to less effect. Can't help thinking it should be rather easier than I make it.
 

Sue

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Brilliant, I recall a thread about this guy a couple of years ago. What an inspiration he is. I'm really happy his determination and hard work paid off. Thanks Kev for finding this :)
 

Colin the Bear

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I seem to recall reading about converted saxophones for one handed players in the post WWI period. It must take a high level of concentration to play one handed and a dedicated tech to design and build the horn.
 
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