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What is it?

It's the beauty that develops in a well crafted tool with age and use. It's more than just "patina" as it also includes the effects of things like repairs and modifications.

Pronounced "byoo-sidge". Term invented (as far as I know) by Grant Petersen of Rivendell Bikes.

I'll start off with some pictures of my 12M Conn baritone sax that I've been playing since 1984. It's like an extension of me at this point. The rest of y'all, show your beausage!

Got a little wear on the case. Note the handle.

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The other side, showing the fiberglass patches.

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Here's the stand, which I cut down from an old Belmonte one, note the use of duct tape to secure the padding.

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Here's what lives in the case

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Most of the plating's worn off the neck by 75 years of honest handling.

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Key pearls are kind of like wood; there are harder and softer parts. The pearls are worn down so the harder parts stick up now.

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I couldn't take that little rounded left thumb rest, so I built it up with cork. Then the key was too low so I built it up too. The cork's been on there since 1984. Note also the replacement neck screw (horrors! it doesn't match!) which was on there when I bought the horn.

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More pix in next post.
 

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If a post gets knocked off, you replace it. This is for the Bb side key. It's been that way since I bought the horn, never any problem.

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When I bought the horn it had cork risers on all 3 side keys, I took them off but I wanted the high E key a little lower down so I just carved its piece of cork to this strange shape. The key was super spongy because its stopper bore on a key rod of another key, so I put the little curved brass part on, like one I saw on a Selmer BA (I think).

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Bell keys, one with the correct green felt bumper, the other with a piece of cork. Works fine, I think it's been on there since I bought the horn.

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This little leather zippy bag is what I keep my mouthpiece, reeds, reed tools in. I've had it since before I had the horn.

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It occurs to me that you could just argue a lot of these pictures are just lousy repairs, but the repairs are all sound and solid and work dandy, so I think of them as accumulated history. No question but that this horn's been around the block once or twice. Amazingly for a horn with so many keyguards having been resoldered, the body tube has almost no dents at all, nor evidence of them having been removed.
 
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