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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Things Ain't What They Used To Be

I visited two Newcastle music shops today. One, a store where I used to work, the other a store where I didn't used to work although some might say I didn't used to work in either. I was in search of a tenor saxophone thumb rest cushion. Naturally I tried my former employers first. The young man looked somewhat bemused until I described it as a piece of rubber that slides over the saxophone thumb rest. His eyes brightened as enlightenment took place. He offered me a clarinet thumb rest cushion. I explained to him that a clarinet was smaller than a tenor saxophone and that, as such, it wouldn't fit.
"All we have, I'm afraid."
I muttered an "It wouldn't have happened when I worked here" and headed down town to the other establishment.
The sales person here said, "That's a job for the repairman. Bring your instrument in and he'll fit it for you."
I said, "It's a piece of rubber that slides over the thumb rest." I may have inserted an Anglo-Saxon adjective into the sentence.
Once again enlightenment dawned and he too produced a clarinet thumb rest cushion. This placed me in a dilemma. I could either buy a clarinet to fit the cushion or else I could wait until my next visit to that sax emporium off Shaftesbury Avenue. As this will be in about 2 weeks time I opted for the latter option.
Lance.

3 comments :

Jude Murphy (On Facebook) said...

Ah yes, the golden days at JGW. Male and female staff tearooms and Mr Hedley on the prowl.

Robert Laing (On Facebook). said...

Wasting your time in music shops now Lance, they are staffed mainly by youngsters that know nowt. I buy all my stuff online, it is normally here the next day and saves me the job of travelling with the druggie pastie-munchers on public transport or paying ridiculous parking fees If you can find a space). Try here? http://www.woodwindandbrass.co.uk/acatalog/thumbrests_cushions.html
Thumb Rests, Palm Key Risers, and Thumb Rest Cushions
www.woodwindandbrass.co.uk
Saxophone palm key risers and thumb rest cushions

Sebastian @ LondonJazz (On Twitter) said...

Aw. Here's @bebopspokenhere trying to find a sax thumb cushion (and his youth?) in Newcastle … Lance, try @ReedsDirect

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