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Hi

I am very much looking forward to this...if it is anything like steve's tech-work, we will be in for a treat.

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I have a couple of motorcycle Haynes manuals. I never thought they'd do one for a sax. It just never crossed my mind.
 

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Yup, 'tis true - it's the book what I have writted.
I'm told it hits the shelves any day now.
Looks like some of the major booksellers are doing it at a nice discount, and at some point in the next couple of weeks I'll have signed copies available via my website.

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Yup, 'tis true - it's the book what I have writted.
Stephen, my feeling is that if someone has taken the trouble to write a book about saxophones then the least I can do is go out and buy a copy. Having said that, I have been wondering who your book is aimed at and what the content will be. So, just very briefly, what's sort of stuff is covered in your book ? Cheers.
 

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Put me down for one!
All the wood wind manuals are too generic - flute, oboe, clarinet......
Nice to see one JUST for sax!
 

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Yup, 'tis true - it's the book what I have writted.
Stephen, my feeling is that if someone has taken the trouble to write a book about saxophones then the least I can do is go out and buy a copy. Having said that, I have been wondering who your book is aimed at and what the content will be. So, just very briefly, what's sort of stuff is covered in your book ? Cheers.
I'm a lousy ventriloquist, but if you follow the link to Haynes' site there's a bit of a write-up that may tell you a bit of what you want to know.
 

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Stephen, my feeling is that if someone has taken the trouble to write a book about saxophones then the least I can do is go out and buy a copy. Having said that, I have been wondering who your book is aimed at and what the content will be. So, just very briefly, what's sort of stuff is covered in your book ? Cheers.
It's essentially a maintenance book. There's not much point covering full repairs as I've never been convinced that a manual is an effective way of learning the craft - and for the vast majority of players it simply won't be an economic proposition to kit themselves out with the necessary tools.

The book decribes how the action works and what the various parts do and how they interact with each other, and then goes on to explain how to inspect and perfom minor repairs and adjustments - such as replacing corks and regulating the action, checking for leaks, adjusting the springs and setting the action height. General maintenance such as cleaning, care and lubrication is covered as well as dealing with a number of issues such as sticky pads.
For the advanced tweaker there are sections on replacing pads and springs.

I have deliberately kept the number of specialist tools to a minimum - a few screwdrivers, a decent sharp blade and springhook will get you through most of the techniques.

The book is aimed at anyone who plays the sax and has an interest in learning how to look after it and keep it running inbetween professional services - and with an approach that's based on the theory of how the action works it should help players to better understand what can go wrong and how it can affect the playability of their horn.
It's heavy on photographs too, which should make things clearer.

I've even bunged in a couple of in-jokes, and kept the swearing to an absolute minimum.

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Stephen, my feeling is that if someone has taken the trouble to write a book about saxophones then the least I can do is go out and buy a copy. Having said that, I have been wondering who your book is aimed at and what the content will be. So, just very briefly, what's sort of stuff is covered in your book ? Cheers.
It's essentially a maintenance book.

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Thanks, you've just sold another copy.
 

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Just pre-ordered the book @ Barnes&Noble dot com. Less than $30USD. Love the car and motorcycle books can't wait to get this book.


Kevin

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As Steve is such an unassuming guy, can I respectfully suggest the following?

If you want a copy of his book, why not buy it from Steve direct? That way, by cutting out the retailer Steve will most likely earn a few more pennies.

We still get a great book and we support one of our members who has contributed a good deal both via this forum and his website.

Apologies if my suggestion embarrasses you Steve......;)
 

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I'll be buying it too. Incidentally, I'm intrigued to know how the author or publisher chose the brand of sax to feature on the cover. The bell says "Bauhaus", I think. Hardly a household name, but one which now has some very visible and valuable endorsement.


EDIT: Surely the picture should have shown Stephen's trusty YTS23....
 
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