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As many know, I have been seriously impaired with arthritis in my thumbs and carpal tunnel in my right wrist. This has made my engraving projects take about 10 times as long. These photos are of my most recent project... a Selmer Mark VI that was heavily buffed and silver plated. The original American engraving was buffed to oblivion. The owner is from New Orleans and wanted the NO Saints fleur de lis, as well as a picture of a cane field.

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157601644024099/





 

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WOW! That sure is purty...
 

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BEAUTIFUL

My 16 yr old daughter is curious to know what you charge, and would you do an Oboe?[/SIZE]

I told her if you do, she needs to get a REALLY good paying job. [/COLOR];)
 

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Jason, that is truly breathtaking. You may be struggling physically, but your work is as great as ever. It's like a cross between the Buescher top hat and cane engraving and the classic selmer floral pattern. Gorgeous.

I'm just coming off of a 5-month stint of intense neck pain (herniated disk) with a boatload of physical therapy, etc., and pain every time I tried to play the sax. I can only imagine the physical and mental anguish you go through. Hats off, good sir.

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Jason,

Get the carpel tunnel problem taken care of surgically as soon as you can. I know a number of fellow IT guys who have have great results from the surgery.
 

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WOW indeed Jason.Looks as if it has always been there.Has a classic appeal .
Can't tell at all it has been done recently.You are very talented.
 

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I can't tell you how tempted I am to toss my bari and a blank check in the truck and drive like mad to Nashville!!! I can be there by morning if I leave now...

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. How long DID it take you?
 

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Yes Jason is the King of Engraving in the modern era. That horn is one of the most beautiful jobs you've ever done. It looks totally natural.
 

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Oooooh, what a lovely piece of work!
Thanks for sharing the pix, and good luck with the health issues.
 

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sorry to hear about the arthritis,
but you couldn't tell by looking at your work ;)

truly beautiful.
 

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Absolutely beautiful. I can't even begin to imagine how difficult that would be.
 

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Jason, That is incredible, as always.
Just wanted to tell you that last night I was gigging with the Ref 54 tenor, and 3 customers came up and told me they had never seen anything as beautifully done as the engraving on my Ref 54 tenor that you did....
These were non-sax playing people too!

One guy was looking really hard at the sterling III neck you engraved and said, "is that thing made of glass?!"
 

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Wow, thank you everyone for such kind words about my work! I am speechless. I'll try and answer the questions below...

How much do I charge? It depends on the job. I need to get rid of the prices on my web page, as they haven't changed in over 2 years, and now that I can only do maybe 6-7 things a year, I have to charge more.

How long? This took almost 5 months to complete. :( But, much of that time I was absolutely swamped at my day job. I doubt future things will take me that long, but probably a month or two. Randall's Venus took for what seemed like forever!

Thanks again, everyone... I am overwhelmed! I wish I could take on new projects.
 

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Jason,

As a Louisianian, i must say that this is one of the coolest things i've ever seen. If you don't mind me asking, who does the horn belong to? i am pretty connected with the New Orleans scene, and may need to give someone a ring to congratulate them on a fine horn!
 

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BEAUTIFUL

My 16 yr old daughter is curious to know what you charge, and would you do an Oboe?[/SIZE]

I told her if you do, she needs to get a REALLY good paying job. [/COLOR];)
I think with an oboe you would call it "whittling" not engraving. Probably the best thing you could do to an oboe anyway, And think that the time that he has it to work on, you don't have to hear it. It is beautiful workmanship.
 
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