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Haynes Saxophone Manual

Choosing, setting up and maintaining a saxophone
Stephen Howard
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The saxophone is arguably the most iconic of all instruments, but with a graceful form and soulful tone it's easy to forget that it is still a mechanically complex instrument and the vast majority of players simply have no idea how it works or what happens when it goes wrong. Even a slight fault in the mechanism can affect the way it feels and plays.

The Haynes Saxophone Manual explains clearly and simply how the mechanism functions and what can be done to maintain the playing order as well as improving its performance without having to buy expensive specialist tools.

From basic care and maintenance through to advanced professional repair techniques, this innovative manual will show you how to clean and lubricate your saxophone, adjust the action for precision, improve its performance and examine instruments for faults and defects and deal with a wide range of common problems.

Written in a down-to-earth style with comprehensive photographic illustrations and packed with hints, tips and step-by-step walkthroughs, the Haynes Saxophone Manual is essential reading for everyone who plays the saxophone.

  • Choosing and buying a sax
  • How the instrument works
  • Basic care and maintenance
  • Adjusting the action
  • Tweaking for speed and feel
  • Replacing pads and springs
  • Inspecting your saxophone
  • Troubleshooting

Author Stephen Howard has been a professional repairer for over 30 years, and a player for even longer. He has an international reputation for his down-to-earth approach that cuts through the myth and jargon and gets straight to the point in an informal and engaging style.

The information on this page is supplied courtesy of Haynes Publishing, please credit accordingly if you intend to use it. For more information or to request a review copy please contact Spirit PR on 0117 944 1415 or email Haynes PR

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