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Bench Notes #8

Issue #8 - March 2011
NAPBIRT Convention and the Frankfurt Musikmesse
It's that time of year again, when we pack up and head across the sea to MusikMesse! MusikMesse 2011 is being held from April 6-9th in Frankfurt am Main. We've got a lot of exciting new products to show this year, and a new, larger booth to show them in!

We'd like to invite everyone who's planning to be at MusikMesse 2011 to stop by the booth, located in Hall 1.1 in Booth #D37. Saturday, April 9th is open to the public so come on out; there's always lots to see at this huge International Fair for Musical Instruments, Sheet Music, Music Production, and Music Business Connections.But before I get to MusikMesse, I'm heading to Paris to visit the Selmer Factory. There I'll pick up the most fascinating saxophone I've ever laid my hands on, but I can't tell you any more about it right now... more to come. If anyone will be in Paris at the beginning of April and wants to meet up, let me know!

Meanwhile, in Reno, Nevada... NAPBIRT 2011 is taking place from April 8-11th and Rich and Matt will be there representing They will have all the same exciting new products at their NAPBIRT Booth. Check out the NAPBIRT page, where they are constantly updating with the latest info, so check back often! Matt and Rich are going to be giving a clinic, and I'm sure they'd love to see some friendly faces out in the audience! Their clinic will be on Saturday, April 9 from 10:15-11:45am. See you at the Show!

New RooPad Endorsers!
There are three more new endorsers for RooPads that we are thrilled to have in our RooPad family, and they cover the entire saxophone style spectrum! Classical whiz Jonathan Wintringham, rock/funk guru Dave Watson, and jazz legend Bobby Watson.

Uppers, Lowers, Mids Cut in Half
An Article by Curt Altarac
To balance a saxophone, we must first know what sections we are balancing. I divide the saxophone into 5 segments when I balance for intonation. To help me remember these segments, I call the sections this: Uppers, Lowers, Mids Cut-in-Half. More...

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