Anti-Roll Bag ver. 2.1
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1M ago
 Here is what my off-the-shelf Anti-Roll Bag (ARB) version 2.1 looks like. Folded up. Unfolded in front of the seat boxes on the flying bridge. It was intended for use as a "water diversion tube" and cost $34, including shipping.  When full, it is supposed to be a 12" tube that is 12' long.  Laying partially filled on the deck, it is about 20 inches wide.  The problem is that the construction material is about the same as a child's inflatable pool.  It leaked right from the start and I had to take it home to patch it.  While not a long-term solution for an AR ..read more
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The Anti-Roll Bag
Stuff Sax
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5M ago
  Anti-Roll Tanks for boats have been around for over a century.  They basically consist of a tank that runs athwart ship filled with water.  When the vessel heels to port, a surface wave (or the entire volume of water) runs to port.  Various methods control the water's arrival until just after the boat has begun to rock back to starboard.  The water's additional weight transfer, and the water's momentum in hitting the port side of the tank, effectively neutralizes some of the righting force, i.e., it takes some of the "snap" out of the recovery and reduces the abi ..read more
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DIY Muffler for Diesel Heater
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6M ago
 When I installed a diesel heater on my boat, I was concerned about the exhaust noise.  I had tried the muffler that came with the heater, but it was a fail for two reasons.  1) it was spot welded around the edges and therefore was not possible to use aboard.  It would leak exhaust fumes.  2) It barely worked.  There are two versions of the stainless muffler that comes with these diesel heaters, although they look identical on the outside.  One is a straight-through design and the other has a little bend.  They are a "glass pack" style of muffler with th ..read more
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Saxophone Stuffy Second D Stuff
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9M ago
I once started a list of all of the various remedies for a stuffy 2nd D (D2).  Sometimes the complaint also included a warbling low D1 (or lower notes).  The list of possible fixes got so long and complicated that it was of little value.  Although some claim that their D2 is stuffy, others describe the same problem as D2 being unstable or weak.  There is a general agreement that D2 is an unstable note and is an acoustical compromise.  Since there are various solutions to eliminating a stuffy D2, many of which actually work, it appears that D2 can be unstable in va ..read more
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The Gale Triple-Rail Mouthpiece
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3y ago
One of the oddest mouthpieces that I have come across is the Gale "Triple-Rail" mouthpiece.  Lots of vintage mouthpieces have tried things to differentiate themselves from conventional mouthpieces.  Odd shaped chambers, metal tables, anything to make the mouthpiece stand out.  Of course, the manufacturer also has to make a claim as to why the design modification is superior, or what problem it solves, or how it improves the sound or tuning or something.  As we have seen with musical accessories, the claim doesn't need to be true or even make sense.   Most of the i ..read more
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Grandma's lutefisk sauce
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4y ago
 This is really the only sauce that I've ever had on lutefisk.  I don't have a refined recipe for this for two reasons.  First, I was quite young when I watched Grandma.  I had been dropped off at her house while my parents went about some other business where my presence wasn't needed (Holiday party, Christmas shopping, etc.)  I remember that she found out that she didn't have enough butter so it was off to the grocery store for just butter.   Butter is one of the main ingredients. The other reason that I don't have a written recipe is that Grandma didn't us ..read more
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Making Lutefisk for the Holidays
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4y ago
 Well now that the election is over, it is time to celebrate.  The holidays are coming and there is one thing that saxophone players all agree on, it is that lutefisk is required for fete and frolic.  Well, they may not all agree, but it is universal at my house.  My Grandma Olsen was Swedish.  She convinced all of her grandchildren that they were Swedish ("Eat this, you'll like it.  It's Swedish like you.")  I was probably in college when I finally figured out that I'm more English than Swedish.  But by then it was too late.  No way would I eat som ..read more
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Making a No Name DIY Mouthpiece for $12.
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4y ago
Okay, a $12 mouthpiece might not mean a lot to some of you.  This blog gets hits from all over the world, so I need to convert $12 into other currencies.  I'm going to convert that in accordance with the countries that view this blog the most.   The primary readers are in the U.S., so that's done.  My second most common blog visitor is from Russia (WHY?), so $12 converts to 769 rubles.  Next is Portugal (again WHY?) at 11 euro.  United Kingdom at 9.30 sterling.  France and Germany are euro.  Canada at $16.  Australia at $17.73.  Ukraine would be 288 hryvnias (My auto-correct kept trying to ch ..read more
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Vintage Saxophone Mouthpiece Rescue #26
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4y ago
I know, you haven't seen all of my prior mouthpiece rescues.  It takes more time to write a blog about refacing a mouthpiece than it does to reface a mouthpiece.  Rescuing old saxophone mouthpieces is what I enjoy doing, not writing blogs about them.  I mainly write blogs to show how it is done, not to chronicle all the ones that I've done.  Usually it is only the "lost cause" mouthpieces that show up in a blog.  If it just needs a touch-up, that doesn't make for good reading, IMHO. What does a truly "lost cause" mouthpiece look like?  How about this one. Yes, that is the horrible discolor ..read more
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The Fake Jody Jazz HR* mouthpiece
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5y ago
I saw that fake Jody Jazz mouthpieces were appearing on Ebay.  The text in the Buy-It-Now "auction" was constantly changing.  It first appeared as a Jody Jazz mouthpiece.  Later, it said that the mouthpiece was a "JJ" brand, however the name on the mouthpiece was obviously Jody Jazz in the same gold font as the real thing.  Some auctions said it was hard rubber, others said that it was bakelite.  Bakelite (the real name is polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride)  is a thermosetting phenol formaldehyde resin that is not universally considered "food safe."  It might not be something that you would ..read more
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