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    Default Sax Shops in Seattle

    Any good shops to recommend in Seattle...esp in the downtown area?

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    Don't know if it will help, but worldwidesax.com is up the road in Everett.
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    Are you looking for a repair shop? Or saxophone sales? There aren't really any retail sax shops in downtown Seattle. There is, however, an independant repairman, Scott Granlund, who runs a shop in the Belltown neighborhood. And as Neil said, World Wide Sax is up in Everett, and has a good selection of used altos and tenors, maybe a bari and soprano or two. Sarge at WWS works by appointment, so call first.

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    Thanks Neil and Al

    Im looking for a retail shop that perhaps have a good selection of used/vintage mouthpieces.

    Im new to Seattle. Will be travelling to Seattle from Vancouver.

    Not sure how far is Everett is from downtown Seattle.
    I'll only be in town for 2 days.
    And will be relying on public transport.

    I guess my chances of walking into one of these shops will be slim.
    Just giving it a shot here.

    Thanks for responding! More input will be greatly appreciated.
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    Everett is about 30 miles due north of Seattle, straight up the freeway. You need to email Sarge at worldwidesax@verizon.net . He's available 10am to 4pm but you must arrange it in advance.

    Once you've made arrangements and set a day and time, take a Community Transit (CT) or Sound Transit bus from downtown Seattle to the Everett Transit Station, a pretty direct trip. If you're in reasonable good shape, it's about a 15 minute walk to World Wide Sax from the bus station, and quite safe, though you'll get wet if it's raining. Or you can call me and I'll give you a ride (I work in downtown Everett and would love to chat with Sarge again - - PM me if interested and I'll give you my cell number.)

    His website is worldwidesax.com. Click on the "mouthpiece" button and you'll see a bunch of mouthpieces there.
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    Thanks Mick !!!

    Will PM you when the dates are nearer.
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    If it is mouthpieces you are after, you could also contact Bob Carpenter in Bothell, our local "mouthpiece guy" (a lot of Sarge's mouthpieces have been cleaned up or tweaked by Bob). Bob lives in Bothell, about two blocks from Bothell High School. Public transportation will get you within about 6 blocks, but it's up a steep hill to his place. PM me if you want his phone number.

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    I wish Brad Wherry was still "public." His shop had almost become the community center of saxophonists in the area when I was there. Scott does great work and I've heard great things about Sarge too.

    I was introduced to Bob Carpenter through Brad and played one of his pieces for about 10 years. He was also the one who helped start Theo Wanne on his path (who is in Belllingham which is just over the border).

    Don't disclude Kennelly Keys as a good resource for new honrs. I think their Everett store or one of their other northern stores had some things. But, it's been a couple of years...

    Unfortunately downtown is kind of a bust when it comes to music stores that cater to saxophonists now. In fact, I suspect there isn't much at all.

    Too bad Quinn doesn't have a shop... there would be a lot of horns in that shop.

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