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Seems to be a slight Goodwill problem - I now get "We're sorry - The site is currently under maintenance, please check back again shortly.", so maybe they're upgrading on a quiet Sunday, and it comes and goes...

(edit) Heheh - when I came back in a little while later to see if the link works now, all I got was a SoTW message - "The SOTW forum on this server is down for data base back-up" - as it's raining, I guess a little snooze would be in order...zzz...
 

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Yes, it's almost certainly a Bb tenor, one picture definitely shows the bottom leg of the bell 'B' guard is literally on the bell-to-bow joint, on every Buescher C-Mel I've seen (including the two I have here at the moment) it's about an inch further up the bell, well clear of the joint - there is a very obvious difference.

My 'split' Martin vintage Bb tenor 'B leg' is also on the bow joint, whereas a C isn't.

(And I've just stabbed my thumb on a bl**dy spring, checking, grrrr and ouch, blood everywhere...)
 

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Was it not you who advised us to always slide a piece of small tubing, like electrical wire insulation, over the springs to prevent just that? :mrgreen:
Yersss... It's a 'fair cop guv' - but in my defence the sax has only just been stripped, 'pre overhaul', so I haven't got around to putting the three miles of sleeving over the springs yet [rolleyes].
 

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You could do that. You'd need about 800 of 'em per sax, though. And they'd want to fall off, and then it's sneak attack time!
Aaahh, because voltage in the US is 110v, as opposed to 240v in the UK, that means the current carrying capacity of the any cable would need to be over twice for the same amount of power use... Think 'Ohms Law'.

So that means the US wire would be much thicker (no comments please...), therefore the stripped US insulation would have a much larger internal bore, therefore would be more liable to slip off springs than the tenaciously narrower UK stuff, right ? We'll send you some of our UK cable, Paul.

(please note that at no time did I use the expression "so a layman can understand"... :bluewink:)
 

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No, just their customers :tsk: :tsk: :tsk:
I should point out that I was just having a gentle dig at some of the long-established 'professional' contributors to the 'Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification' section, who do seem to frequently ramp up the testosterone to alarming levels...

I'm pleasantly surprised that they have the spare time to (often) go into such long diatribes. Thank goodness our own young Mr Howard refrains from the verbal scrummage that often ensues between the continents and colonies.

Enjoyable, and very enlightening, tho' :soapbox:
 
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