Here at Curly Woodwind we recondition every single instrument we sell. 

This shows the stages that an instrument may go through as we make them ready for sale

Condition on arrival

Taking apart and assessing condition

Before and after cleaning and oiling the body


After cleaning and oiling the body

Cleaning the keywork

Recorking the joints

Replacing the bumper corks.

Putting new pads in.

Re seating the pads

Finished and ready to play

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A brand new online saxophone magazine! Hosted by top UK pro player Dean Masser and Curly Woodwind's Bob Whittaker, Hornclub features sax news/ chat, listening recommendations, saxophone reviews/ demonstrations and introduces the "leading note diminished" method of improvising.Every episode will have demonstrations of specific saxes/ gear and feature a short tutorial. The "leading note diminished" approach to [...]

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ROUND UP of Liverpool Sax Day 2020 - what to expect!

"THE HOTTEST  SAX EVENT OF THE YEAR!"Liverpool Sax Day is back with an action packed day for ALL sax players. There really is something for everyone - whether you're a seasoned player or just starting out, we've endeavoured to make the event as inclusive as possible for everyone!7 x SAXOPHONE WORKSHOPS:"Novice Sax Ensemble" with Phil [...]

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Liverpool Sax Day 2020

LSD'20 and we're back bigger & better with an action packed day for ALL sax players!Click this link for tickets: SAX Workshops & Ensembles, 3 LIVE performances, trade stalls ......whether you're a novice or pro, into jazz, classical, big band, electronic, funk - we've got you covered!SAX trade stalls by P Mauriat Saxophones, Yanagisawa [...]

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FREE Flute workshop with renowned international flautist Elizabeth Walker - Sunday 13th October 2-4pm - limited spaces so sign up quick!

FLUTE PLAYERS!We’re very excited to offer a FREE to attend workshop with the sublime British flautist Liz Walker. Suitable for players around Grade 5 standard upwards. Very limited spaces so book your space now! Sunday 13th October 2.00-4.30 at Curly Music School, Renshaw Street, Liverpool city centre.This will be an extremely useful workshop to gain some hands [...]

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Fakes Fakes and Fakes

I was trawling the internet the other deal looking for some information about flutes when an sponsored advert came up for a flute for sale. The flute was a Muramatsu which retails for about £5000 but this was available to buy for just £150. A very short investigation confirmed that this was a cheap Chinese [...]

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SYOS - Shape Your Own Sound saxophone mouthpieces

The future is here!  A brand new concept in designing and manufacturing saxophone mouthpieces by new French company SYOS. With a host of well known international sax artists rushing to sign up and now playing them, it is hard to ignore the impact this brand are having on the saxophone community. Brilliant technology and personal design [...]

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Liverpool Sax Day '19 - WIN PRIZES!!

As part of 2019's annual Liverpool International Jazz Festival, Liverpool sax specialists Curly Woodwind host another action packed afternoon of workshops and demonstrations for all sax players and enthusiasts. All held in the beautiful surroundings of Liverpool Hope University's Creative Campus, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool, L6 1HP.This year, international sax superstar Andy Sheppard guests with [...]

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Buying from the "little" guy and the benefits of shopping local

Very recently a customer came in store with a problem on their saxophone - there was an irritating squeaking noise on one of the keys. Within 10 minutes, we had identified the problem and fixed it - it was something and nothing and when the customer asked how much, we said "it's free, don't worry [...]

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We've always stocked a good range of saxophones new & used for the last 17 years here at Curly Woodwind, but as we move into 2018 we're going to be dealing more and more with vintage and classic saxes from yesteryear as well.Expect some great hand selected American pieces such as Conn, King, Buescher, Martin [...]

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