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  1. Manufacturing/ Construction
    For my engineering degree project, 23 years ago, I took a flute, stripped it of links between keys (not that there are many on a flute), added solenoids to operate each key directly, put it all on a stand, and made a controller with MIDI input (8051microcontroller with MOSFETs). I programmed in...
  2. Misc. Saxophone Manufacturers
    My Siegfried Wolfram Migma has a key I can't identify in front of the topmost of the in-line RH keys. Can anyone tell me what it's for and how to use it? Thanks!
  3. General Discussion
    I was wondering what are the Key differences between the keywork on a modern saxophone and the keywork of say a 30's or 40's era saxophone? What is different physically or in action? And what are the advantages and disadvantages of modern keywork, and of classic keywork?
  4. Manufacturing/ Construction
    I currently own two tenors. A YTS 62 series one and a early 50's King Zephyr. In generally the keywork seems more comfortable on the Yamaha, except for the left hand pinkie cluster. It is pretty smooth but for some reason I have a lot of trouble locating the c# key smoothly. The c# key on the...
  5. Flute & Piccolo
    picking up the flute after playing the sax for years is just frustrating. The fingerings are really ridiculous when compared to how slick a sax feels. I mean really, why can't I hold G# down? Why can't Eb just hold itself open unless i'm playing D so I don't have an awkward E to D transition...
  6. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    On my 1927 Conn New Wonder II bari, the C# pinky key sits almost 1/4' (0.227") higher than the B and B-flat keys, making it very dificult to move around (B-flat to C# is particularly nasty). The B key is one solid run from the pad cup to the key, so once the pad height is regulated for tuning...
  7. Conn
    I apologize if my questions are a bit naive, but I am a newbie of this forum and I started playing sax only recently. So, here's the whole story and a question. The first saxophone I laid my hands on was a Buescher Aristocrat 200, lent to me by the school I was taking lessons from. When I saw...
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