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Summer is here (and sweltering!)

Another school year in the books, and, here in St Louis, the summer heat has arrived quick and heavy. If it’s the same where you are, hopefully you are taking it easy in those outdoor gigs! If, however, you have some time off and you can be without your horn, it may be the perfect time to get it in for some work. The repair shop is as busy as ever, so don’t wait until the last minute to bring it in.

If you’ve been thinking about upgrading or getting something different, we have a great selection of saxophones and clarinets in stock, including a huge batch of brand new Buffet R13’s, new Yamaha Customs and 62’s, a handful of new Selmers (more Supremes are on the way!) and a whole lot of vintage Selmers. Some really pretty Mark VI’s and SBA’s. Browse through the various sections of our website, and as always, feel free to contact us with any questions.

Even if you don’t need any repair, and don’t need a new horn, stop on in and say “hi.” We’d love to see you and continue your musical journey.

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Saxquest / Clarinetquest CLARINET DAYS Coming April 15-16

Our top clarinet tech, Audrey, recently made the trip to Buffet Crampon’s sole USA distributor and was able to hand select a BUNCH of new clarinets for stock. We are loaded on new R13’s in both silver and nickel keys, and to celebrate, we are holding an event the Friday and Saturday before Easter. We also have a handful of pro level Yamaha clarinets (CSVR, SEVR, and YCL-650), as well as a good number of used models on hand. Each clarinet will have Audrey’s pro set up on it, so you can rest assured that they’ll be in great playing shape. By appointment, you’ll be able to come in and try horns out and see if any are “the one” for you. We are currently taking appointments for both Friday and Saturday from 10am – 5pm. Call the shop at 314-664-1234 or email us at sales@clarinetquest.com to make your appointment!

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Announcing the 2021 SAXQUEST EXPO – Starting November 15

Look what’s around the corner. We are well stocked on horns and looking forward to another fun Expo. If you are in the market for a new (or used) saxophone, clarinet, flute, oboe, or bassoon, be on the lookout here for more information in the next couple weeks. Like last year, this will be a spread out, safe, appointment-only event covering about a month. Stay tuned!

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FIFTY New (well… vintage) Saxophones Added to Store

We’ve been busy. FIFTY (50!!) vintage saxophones have been added to the Saxquest website in the last 3 days. Lots of cool vintage horns, including Conn Chu’s and 10M’s, King Zephyrs and several great Super 20’s, and Selmers ranging from the old Modele 22 and Radio Improved up to Balanced Action and Mark VI’s. Our “What’s New” page doesn’t even show them all (it only displays 30 horns!) so you’ll need to browse around the Vintage Horns section to see everything. And we aren’t finished yet. We’ve gotten in a couple cool vintage bass saxes and some other gems that will be posted in the next couple days. If you are looking to find something cool, come shop around, or make an appointment to play-test in our store in St Louis.


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Newly Announced – the Selmer Paris SUPREME Alto Saxophone

We are beyond excited about the brand new Selmer Paris Supreme alto sax. Just announced February 25, 2021, it is the newest, top-end professional alto available from Selmer Paris. We’ve got 3 on the way which will be here, ready to ship in just the next couple days, so place your order to be one of the first to own one of these gems!


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So many horns, so little time…

We’ve been busy the last couple days. Head over to the “What’s New” page and check out the 18 “gently used” and vintage instruments we’ve posted to our website in the last 2 days. We’ve got something for every budget and playing style.


We’re very appreciative of our customers, who’ve been keeping us busy throughout this pandemic. Please hit us up with questions, phone 314-664-1234, or email 24 hours a day at info@saxquest.com. We often answer emails outside of store hours, so send us a message anytime!

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Big THANK YOU to all our customers!

Our Expo this year, while different from years past, was a great success, and we’d like to thank everyone who came out to try some horns! It was fun meeting new faces and reconnecting to old friends. Though the Expo may be over, we are still continuing our 2020 tradition of sanitizing, cleaning, and keeping a safe environment for our customers. If you’d like to try a sax or clarinet (or flute, or oboe), call the shop or email us to make an appointment.

Like all of you, we’re hoping for a return to normal in the coming year. Everyone please continue to stay safe, and we hope to be gigging with you in 2021.

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2020 *SAFE* Saxquest Woodwind Instrument EXPO – Nov. 14 – Dec 24

When: 2020-11-14

We are PUMPED to announce our 5th annual Saxquest Woodwind Instrument Expo.
We’ve thought long and hard about how to pull off our grand EXPO event this year and keep everyone safe. At first the decision was made to just cancel it. But after some outcry and much thought, we’ve come up with a better plan! Selecting an instrument is a very personal thing and is best done in an isolated room which is very much a COVID safe thing! So, for this year’s expo, we’ve decided to stretch it out over several weeks by booking isolated individual appointments. You’ll have a clean isolated room and virtually the run of the shop all to yourself for the duration of your appointment. If you need more time than that, no problem, we just book another appointment.

Where: Saxquest (2114 Cherokee St.) – St. Louis, MO
When: November 14-December 24 from (M-F) 9AM-6PM and Saturday 9AM-6PM
Reserve a spot here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D45A9A929A0FA7-2020
Printable flyer here: http://www.tinyURL.com/2020SQexpoPDF
Cost: FREE

We all need something to look forward to this year. Kids, especially need some inspiration and hope. Music heals and perhaps a new instrument is just what is needed at this time. We’re doing our part by offering the greatest discounts possible. Nearly all new instruments will be offered at 5-20% discounts throughout the course of the EXPO (appointment required) and special 0% financing options are available for many instruments. As always, booking an appointment is FREE and door prizes and other offerings are included. Nothing else like this happens in St. Louis so its a great opportunity to experience the latest and greatest instruments and equipment. This is our fifth year hosting this event and we really believe it will be an amazing experience for those who participate!

• Door Prizes from Vandoren and D’Addario
• Drawing Giveaway ($500 value) at the end for all who booked an appointment
• 5-20% discounts on nearly all new instruments
• Financing options and special 0% financing
• Hundreds of custom, pro and step-up instruments
• Private clean play test rooms
• Pro set-up given on any instruments purchased ($350 value)

The goal of every musician is to “elevate your performance”, continue to grow, and have fun while playing and performing. As a high-end woodwind specialty shop here in St. Louis, we’re delighted to be able to host this unique event.

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Saxquest is open (in a limited capacity)

Just wanting to update everyone on how we’ve been doing. We’ve had a great positive response to our playtest-by-appointment scheduling. Our customers have been very patient and have been great working with us on getting you in where we have slots available. Thank you very much! Starting Saturday, July 11, we will begin taking Saturday appointments as well. So if you’d like to trial a sax or clarinet in our store, please call the shop or email us to set up a time. We are sanitizing all horns and the entire play-test room after every customer, so you’ll be safe in this environment.

Repairs are also open as well. Our repair techs have a staggered schedule, with a combination of working-at-home and working-in-store, but there’s always a couple people in our shop who can look at your instrument, and give you an estimate on the repair. We are no longer offering same-day repairs (short of a quick minor fix like a neck cork), but we’re happy to give you an estimate on time and cost when we see the instrument.

So, call and make an appointment to play some horns, or stop by for a repair estimate or to buy the reeds you need. Our hours are Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm, and Saturdays 10am – 2pm. We are still requiring all customers to wear a mask in store.

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Saxquest is getting ready to (safely) re-open

We hope that you have been able to stay healthy and sane over the past two months of shut-down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

St Louis has begun lifting restrictions and reopening the city as of May 18. We are excited to announce that this allows us to reopen our doors for business. Our top priority in this initial reopening phase is to provide a safe environment for you and for our employees who will be returning to work. As such, we will be re-opening with a reduced in-store staff and will continue our practice of both on-site and off-site repairs. We will be practicing social distancing and following all the recommendations issued by the CDC in this “new normal.”

Our hours during the week will be the same as always: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm but Saturdays will be by appointment only, for now (phone hours on Saturday are 10am-2pm). For accessory needs, we recommend placing your order on our web site. We’re offering free shipping for any orders over $100 and generally can ship the same day for orders placed before noon.

If you stop by the shop for reeds/accessories or if you need to drop off/pick up a repair, anytime during store hours is fine. However, if you would like to play test an instrument or mouthpiece, we will be doing that by appointment only for the foreseeable future. To reduce the number of people in the building, we are limiting our instrument/mouthpiece trials to one customer at a time. Please understand, if you show up at the store to play horns, and you don’t have an appointment, we will fit you in if we can but may have to ask you to wait if someone else has an appointment. After each appointment, we will be sanitizing the play test room and any equipment that was tried before the next appointment. We also ask that you bring along only one or two friends or family members or private instructor during an appointment. Lastly, everyone visiting the store is required to wear a mask. If you come in without a mask, you will not be allowed in the building.

So, you make that appointment, you have your mask, and you want to play some stuff, what can you play? The answer is just about any horn in the shop, with just a couple exceptions. Sanitizing horns can easily be done for lacquer and plated instruments; however, it cannot be done on unlacquered instruments (without leaving streaks). So, for now, new unlacquered instruments are not available for play testing. You can also play test any used or vintage mouthpiece (again, we’ll properly clean and sanitize when you are finished), but only those new mouthpieces that we have demos on hand can be play tested. Other new mouthpieces in the box and accessories (including ligatures) will not be available for play testing.

Going along with keeping numbers in our store down, many of our repair techs are going to continue to work from home. Except for simple repairs such as replacing a neck cork or tenon cork, we will not have enough techs on hand to do same-day repairs at this time. You can certainly still drop a horn off for repair and as always, the turnaround time will vary based on the repair needs.

Music is a great escape for everyone, and I have, like I’m sure many of you have, been listening to a lot of music and itching to start making some of my own with friends again. Saxquest will be doing everything we can to help our customers make music in a safe manner.

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