Friday, July 30, 2021

The Buescher

To get a concert C I have to finger a Bb on this horn (should be A). 

That puzzles me, as since I've owned it I thought it was an alto, presumed to be an Eb instrument. Note: I'm not a sax player, haven't touched this in decades.

MYSTERY SOLVED: I wasn't pushing the mouthpiece on far enough! 

But maybe my mouthpiece's opening is too small, going to try a new one. Sid the repair man was certainly able to get his to the right place.

Case measures 10-3/4" x 24-1/2".
This part of the horn measures 21-1/2".

Online lookup tells me this is a 1923 horn.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Phone Holder Project

Problem: phone holder won't expand to hold 6.125" length phone.

Challenge: design a solution which is reversible (avoid drilling holes, cutting etc); don't remove existing capability (example, extending the top bracket - my first thought - may solve the initial problem but remove the ability to hold a smaller phone or horizontally positioned phone).

My second idea was something like this. Even though the screw could have been replaced with a tie-wrap (zip-tie) I felt it needed a more rigid piece of metal than I had handy or could mock-up quickly.

My third idea was to suspend this piece from the existing lower supports. It is cut from some scrap sheet metal. The plastic edging prevents scuffing the existing supports. I hope the following pictures are self-explanatory. 

Submitted for evaluation, I need to know if this works. 
Two possible complications come to mind: phone angle may now be somehow unsatisfactory; position in vehicle with phone lower may inhibit connection of power/data connector.

If I'd had a larger piece of scrap on hand I might have extended it so it could have been tied in place to hold it more rigid when phone is removed. Prototype could easily be added to in this way.