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As a collector rather than a dealer my interests lie in trying out different instruments, but I get to the point where I cannot justify for instance having four metal clarinets however beautiful or unusual they are. So from time to time I turn over items from the collection.

In recent years the saxophone and woodwind market has been flooded with cheap poor quality instruments from Asia and Eastern Europe many with weak metal that bends, dents or breaks easily and is uneconomic to repair.

Some of the older second hand instruments if in good condition offer better value. The early Artley Gemeinhardt and Emerson flutes can offer good value bearing in mind that they were made by specialist family businesses who only made flutes. Some older wooden clarinets such as the Boosey and Hawkes Edgeware and Regent models and the ebony Buisson were affordable instruments built to a standard rather than down to a price. If they are in good condition they can often be a much better instrument than a new plastic far eastern import.

Berg Larsen Bb Soprano Saxophone (£255 including UK postage) - For sale is a Berg Larsen Bb Soprano saxophone which comes with a Yamaha 5e mouthpiece, a case and half a dozen Rico reeds strength 2. The serial number is 4525 and the instrument is stamped "made in GDR".

This soprano sax had a complete overhaul with new pads by Music Gallery of Bournemouth in November 1989 a a cost of £154 (bill enclosed). Sadly the owner did not live to enjoy it. The instrument has remained unused ever since until the family decided to sell it.

There are no dents but the gold lacquering is severely worn This does not detract from an instrument that is properly set up with a big sound ready to use professionally.

The case interior is fitted out with a nifty design to hold the sax securely in place. One of the catches on the outside of the case is broken but a new catch case clip has been added to make the case serviceable.

Berg Larsen are best known for their mouthpieces. (I have never found anything as good on baritone sax as my ebonite Berg Larsen mouthpiece.) In their hey day they expanded into selling saxophones but now they only sell mouthpieces, caps, ligatures and reeds. I would recommend that any prospective purchaser tries out the instrument.

Emerson Flute with Solid Silver Headjoint (£305 inluding UK postage) - With the market flooded with low priced "student" flutes it is becoming rare to find a quality instrument in precious metal. There are no online serial number records for Emerson flutes so it is difficult to say what age this flute is. The main body is engraved with the Emerson logo and "Emerson Flutes USA" plus the serial number 032874-6. There is no model number. The headjoint is engraved with the Emerson Logo and "sterling" indicating solid silver. The main body and foot are silver plated. The instrument has been serviced and adjusted (the G sharp pad was replaced). It comes with the original Emerson hard case.
My experience is that played acoustically a solid silver head does make a noticeable improvement to the tone. On the other hand an ordinary player using an average flute without a solid silver head playing miked up with plenty of reverb can in truth sound pretty impressive. Jethro Tull produces a very acceptable sound while admitting that his daughter tells him he is not blowing the instrument properly.
This Emerson flute is actually an open holed model. The five holes have been plugged so it plays exactly like a pad covered flute. Open holed flutes are more difficult to master because of the demands of ensuring that your fingers completely cover the holes. Flute maker Albert Cooper advocates covered holes on the left hand and open holes on the right. I play an open holed flute with one hole plugged (the A key middle finger left hand). So the Emerson as it is plays like a covered flute but with the option to convert to open holed flute if you wish.
Emerson Deford designed and developed flutes until retirement when he passed the company to Conn Selmer. Development and innovation has continued with many custom options available. Emerson along with Armstrong, Gemeinhardt, and Artley were small businesses dedicated only to flute making. They survived through quality and recommendation until they were scuppered by cheap inferior far east imports. Older second hand models by these makers if they are in good condition usually offer greater value than cheap new flutes. Because there is no model name or number on the flute it is not possible to compare it with the current range of Emerson flutes. But sterling silver headjoints are only available in the top ranges of their catalogue. As a pure guess I would think the current equivalent flute would be listed at around £1,000 and be available for £700 or £800 but this may be a wild over or under estimate. I recommend that before purchase you try out this flute to see how good it is.
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features live and studio recordings of various Dave Corsby Quartets since 1972.

  • LDZ

Spirits by Night

features Dave Corsby saxes, Bill Robinson trumpet, Martyn Rawbone trombone, Dave Robinson vibes, Neil Frances bass and Phil Laslett drums.

  • Smugglers_Leap

Caught in the Act

features Dave Corsby playing baritone and alto saxes and clarinet with a rhythm section of Dave Robinson vibes, Steve King bass and Phil Laslett drums.

  • Ghost Train to Dreamland

Second Thoughts

features Dave Corsby playing flute, clarinet, saxes and piano with Dave Robinson playing vibes and percussion.
Tracks Included: Ain't No Sunshine, Let's Stay Together, I Thought About You, Vino San Pablo, Time After Time, Night and Day, I'm Old Fashioned, Fantasy, Pie in the Sky. It Don't Mean a Thing, Misty. Fly Me to the Moon, Peanut Vendor, Work Song, Cinema Paradiso.

  • Vino San Pablo

Just the Two of Us

features Dave Robinson vibraphone and Dave Corsby saxes and woodwinds. It was produced for a series of craft fairs at Henley and Penshurst Place and comprises the duo’s most requested tunes.
Tracks included: Just the Two of Us; Baker Street; Cara's Kiss; Cute; Emily; Fluted Columns; Girl from Ipanema; Hello; Ladybird; Moanin; Stranger on the Shore; Wonderful Tonight.

  • Ladybird

A Tale of Two Cities

A Jazz Suite by Dave Corsby This Arts Council funded commission written for narrator and seven piece band has been performed on BBC and at Rochester and Broadstairs Dickens Festivals. On this version Dave Corsby plays all the instruments.

  • 105 North Tower

Time & Tide

is a collection of Dave Corsby Big Band arrangements and compositions played by a string orchestra. It includes an unusual orchestral version of Miles Davis Kind of Blue as well as the Time and Tide Suite commissioned for Canterbury’s Passing Tales 600th Chaucer Centenary.

  • Medway River Song

Dave Corsby Piano Solos

is a collection of solo piano pieces ranging from jazz to classical.

  • Pennies


features Dave Corsby playing baritone and alto saxes and clarinet with a rhythm section of Jim Reid piano, Andy Wall bass and Les Feast drums.

  • Theme from the Endeavour Experience

Samuel Pepys Jazz Suite

Two studio recorded seven piece band versions of the Samuel Pepys Suite plus a big band versionof the Subterraneans and the two big band arrangements of Round Midnight and Plenty Plenty Soul where Dave Corsby plays all the instruments (57 minutes).

  • Sam