You’ve loved and cherished your vintage saxophone for decades. You know it’s value has grown over the years, but the real value to you is in its story: who the original owner was, when you acquired it, the memorable gigs you played on it, the the way it looks in its case, the way it feels in your hands. Some day you’ll give it the overhaul it deserves, a slow methodical restoration from a detailed craftsman who specialized in vintage professional saxophones.

I spent several years in New York, training in some of the city’s finest saxophone shops and playing in broadway pits. I’ve now taken these skills on the road, touring with Disney’s Frozen the Musical. While traveling across this country I’ve met so many saxophonists who love their vintage instruments but struggle to find a local technician who they trust to overhaul their horns. These conversations have helped shape my traveling repair shop. I tour with a complete set of tools to fully restore vintage saxophones. I take on one instrument at a time and dedicate my full focus to that instrument. I work with customers to schedule their overhaul so that it is complete as I arrive in their city, giving us a two week window for pickup, play testing, and adjustments to be sure the horn plays and feels exactly how they want.

As a performer I play multiple woodwinds in musicals. For many years I toured all over the world with and have spent time in NYC subbing into Broadway shows.

Reed 2:
oboe, english horn, clarinet, tenor sax, flute

– Broadway and New York –

St. James Theater

(sub) Reed 2:

oboe, english horn, flute, clarinet, tenor sax

New Amsterdam Theater

(sub) Reed 2:

oboe, english horn, clarinet, soprano sax, tenor sax

Hudson Theater

(sub) Reed 3:

oboe, english horn, clarinet, alto sax

Studio 54

(sub) Reed 3:

oboe, english horn, flute, clarinet, tenor sax

Barrow Street Theatre

(sub) Bb clarinet, A Clarinet

The Broadway Theater

(sub) Reed 2:

clarinet, bass clarinet, english horn, alto sax, bari sax

Al Herschfeld Theatre

(sub) Reeds:

flute, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax

Neil Simon Theater

(sub) Reeds:

flute, clarinet, oboe, tenor sax, bari sax

Signature Theatre

(sub) flute, piccolo, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano sax, alto sa, tenor sax, EWI

2nd Stage Theater

(sub) flute, piccolo, oboe, clarinet

Lincoln Center

(sub) flute, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax

Davenport Theater

flute, clarinet, soprano sax, tenor sax

New Victory Theatre

flute, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax

– National Tours –

First National Tour,
Madison Square Garden

Reed 2 – oboe, english horn, flute, clarinet, tenor sax

(sub) Reed 1 – flute, piccolo, clarinet, alto sax

International Tour

Reed 3 – clarinet, bass clarinet, flute

International Tour

Reed 1 – flute, piccolo, clarinet, alto sax

National Tour

Reed 2 – flute, clarinet, tenor sax

International Tour

Reed 2 – oboe, english horn, flute, clarinet, tenor sax

National Tour

Reed 1 – flute, piccolo, clarinet, alto sax

Reed 2 – oboe, flute, clarinet, tenor sax, bari sax

– Regional Theater –

Beauty and the Beast
oboe, english horn

flute, clarinet, alto sax

The Count of Monte Cristo
oboe, english horn


(sub) Reed 2: oboe, english horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor sax

(sub) Reed 3: flute, clarinet, alto sax, bari sax

Maine State Music Theatre

Mary Poppins

Reed 2: flute, piccolo, Eb clarinet, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, english horn

– Phoenix Theatre –

1940’s Radio Hour
I Love a Piano
Guys and Dolls
Thoroughly Modern Millie
(sub) Curtains

Instruments for Sale

I don’t sell instruments directly but many that I have overhauled are available through reputable shops. These are some of my favorites:

“This sax just received a full mechanical overhaul from Mike Livingston, who does excellent overhaul work … Take a close look at the left hand thumb rest. Mike affixed a smooth piece of cork here, which looks great and is very comfortable to the touch.”

“I sent the sax out to Mike Livingston for a mechanical overhaul, who truly did exceptional work on this sax. The sax feels tight and locked in in every register. The low range speaks very easily, a great mark of his exacting detail during this overhaul. The neck is original to the horn and very straight.”

“The sax just received a full mechanical overhaul from Mike Livingston, who does outstanding work. The sax arrived with all original pads and metal resonators, and Mike was able to reuse the resonators for the overhaul.”

“I sent it off to Mike Livingston for a full mechanical overhaul. Mike’s work is top notch, and this sax feels incredibly locked in from top to bottom..” 

“Mike Livingston just performed a full mechanical overhaul prior to sale. Mike’s work is exceptional, and this horn feels incredibly nimble and locked in. The low range is incredibly responsive with a ton of resonance.” 

“This sax is in excellent physical and mechanical condition. It just received a full mechanical overhaul from Mike Livingston, who does fantastic work … There is wonderful energy and vibration to the sound. The sax has great dynamic range and feels easy to push or whisper. The low range pops out with absolute ease down to low Bb.”

“This saxophone just received a full mechanical overhaul from Mike Livingston.”

“This sax just received a full mechanical overhaul from Mike Livingston, who does outstanding work. The horn feels tight and locked in, and really sings in all registers. The sax comes in its original case.”

“Original lacquer is about 95% and this horn was completely overhauled by Mike Livingston and outfitted with plastic resonators similar to the original setup from the factory. No pull down on the neck whatsoever.”

“This horn was just overhauled by Mike Livingston, who does excellent repair work.”

“This sax just received a top of the line overhaul from Mike Livingston, who does incredible overhaul work.”

“… it has a super sweet, singing sound, almost reminiscent of Benny Carter or Johnny Hodges. It’s also super responsive and plays into the palm keys with ease.”

“This is a great Selmer Bb clarinet ‘N’ series from 1946. It has recently been rebuilt with new pads and corks. A few cracks in the Grenadilla wood have been pinned and are sealed close.”

“The clarinet is in really solid physical condition for its age, with standard play wear for an instrument of its vintage. There are a few pin repairs on this horn just above the “A” key on the upper joint, which have been done very well. Along with this, the horn has been recently rebuilt with new pads and corks and is ready to play!”

“This is a vintage Noblet 27 clarinet from 1969. It was recently overhauled and is in fantastic shape. It also comes with its original case … this might be the perfect horn for a doubler that is looking to expand their arsenal. Either way, get this great clarinet for a great price while you can!”

Whether you are a player needing help diagnosing and fixing an issue with your instrument, or a hobbyist looking for guidance repairing at home, I’ve been there. Let’s schedule a repair coaching session and decide what you can do yourself and what should be brought in to a shop.

This one is light, flexible, and durable. Keep it in your case and you’ll always know if it’s your horn or your reed (it’s not you).

Toss one of these in each case. Keep your hinge rods from backing out, and use this with your leak light to dial in F# timing on your set break while the drummer is at the bar and the guitarist is selling CDs.

Teflon tape makes a great band aide on the gig. Help a loose fitting mouthpiece, save a crumbling neck cork, even strap in a ripped or loose pad. This roll is extra wide!

You probably have some of this laying around the house. A few drops on a Q-tip can clean and soften a sticky old pad. This bottle will last a life time.

Some springs can be placed with your fingernail. Some can’t. Make your life easier and get a spring hook. If you’re crafty you can make something like this with some scrap metal and a file.

You should be comfortable taking keys off, and you should always oil them when you put them back on. 10ml is plenty.

Whenever you pull a key off, it will feel great to clean the out the hinge tube. It’s also fun to make snowflake decorations.

Pre-cut to make your life easier. Make sure you have contact cement and razor blades.

Pre-cut to make your life easier. Make sure you have contact cement and razor blades.

You’ll notice when bits of cork fall off your instrument. Keys start opening too far, metal clicks on metal, other keys stop closing together. It’s an inevitable problem and you can fix it. Start with 1/16. and 1/32.

Pick up this set before you need it. Felts fall out, we’re all had it happen. You don’t need to take a trip to your music store to put a new one in.

If you want to glue cork or felt to your instrument (or elbows), this is the stuff. This tube should get you started.

Just buy them in bulk.

240 grit sand paper is great for shaping cork. These rolls are a convenient size for sanding neck corks.

You’ll want a good straight edge when cutting materials with a razor blade. These two sizes are both handy, and sometimes it’s nice to measure things.

Hobbyist Basics

these are more durable than your standard paper towel

You’ll want the right sizes for a variety of jobs. Start with B and D.

With a strong emphasis on smooth-jawed, these pliers will allow you to get a tight grip on instrument parts with a very reduced risk of leaving marks and scratches.

The pointy flame on these little torches is awesome for melting shellac and hot glue. They can be used with one hand, and if you let go of it the flame stops. The only down side is that they don’t all last forever, so I buy a few at a time.

You’ll need these for your new torch

You’ll find lots of uses for these, especially with pad work. Just keep them out of your mouth.

Any old drum stick will do. You’ll saw it into pieces and make primitive tools that will become your best friends. Bonus points if you get a used stick from a drummer that really swings.

0000 is as fine a baby hair and will delicately clean valuable vintage brass parts.

For lightly smacking brass around.

For surfaces so valuable, you hate to use the word abrasive

This stuff is great on nickel surfaces

You can get sets of pads sized for your model of saxophone here. You might want to start with “soft feel” if it’s your first time doing this.

You’re entering a worldwide debate: hot glue vs. shellac.

Once you have it, you’ll use it every day

Great for clarinet keys

These will shrink a saxophone post around its hinge rod. When you need then, you need them.

If you use these once, you’ll want them forever.

Saxophone body tubes tend to curl forward towards the tone holes. Smack it straight with this.

All Things Dremel

There are a few models of Dremel tools, this one has variable speed.

wire brushes, nice for cleaning clarinet tenons.

mini buffing wheels, great for small jobs.

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