Sunday, 14 October 2018

Waiting for Summer !!!

I must say this…my big sis, Zara is definitely getting old…and she says “I am not getting old…older !!!”…yearrhhh, right J I am saying this because she forgot to do the blog…again ! I told her that I could do and let me do this, but she insisted to do then forgot. Oh, well…it’s my turn anyway J

We had another busy week…some instruments arrived for repairs/services. A few of them were a big job - complete overhaul (repads, recorks…etc.) The Team has been working very hard J Are you following us on instagram ? Mummy is busy taking photos of the instruments done by the boys. She sometimes put our photos too J

This week, two pre-loved instruments found their new home. One was a Yamaha piccolo YPC62R which came with a waved cut headjoint. A lady emailed us to say that she was interested in a wooden piccolo. Mummy found this one a few weeks later and it arrived last week. The lady happened to be in Auckland, so Taka serviced it urgently. She visited us for trying it out on Wednesday just before flying back to home to Blenheim. She tried it, loved it and left with it…ummm, it meant to be JJJ

Another one was a Yamaha tenor sax YTS62 with 62 neck. We saw a familiar face on Monday and he came back with his mum on Saturday. It was for his 21st birthday present ! He tried it on Monday and loved the sound…the tenor sax has found a new home in Auckland. Big Happy Birthday, Alex from DR TOOT Team !!!

Another parcel should be arriving here this coming week. The pre-loved Yanagisawa alto sax AW01 and another Buffet E11. We have now a very good selection of Bb clarinets - brand new Backun Alfa…ah no, Alpha J clarinet, brand new Selmer Paris clarinets, pre-loved Buffet E11, Yamaha YCL450, YCL650F and Selmer Paris Odyssee…and Buffet R13 is arriving soon too ! If you are looking for a Bb clarinet, you know where to go…right ? JJJ

The Day Light Saving started a few weeks ago, but it’s still chilly a bit. We hope that everyone had a great school holiday and ready for the last term tomorrow…come soon, Summer !!!

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Clari.. Clari .. Clari everywhere !

Greetings to my loyal and patient subjects. Yes, this is your Queen Zara 😸 The most beautiful and smartest cat is New Zealand….and very modest too 😼

We have to say sorry for not publishing a blog last week. You see my typist (daddy), was busy and very involves with last weekend’s Clarinet event 2018 being held at the The University of Auckland organised by Dr Marie Ross, who is head of the woodwind department. Wow!!!! what an amazing Festival. Many clarinetists from all around NZ attended including Mr. Franklin Cohen who was principal clarinetist with the Clevedon Symphony Orchestra for 39 years. He was the guest of honour and did workshops, recitals and masterclasses.

DR TOOT had a stall at this event which was very colourful with many instruments and accessories. Mummy, Daddy and Masaru looked after the stall, while Alfa and me supported the event from home, as we were not welcome to attend. I think this was because Alfa was too young πŸ™€ Many accessories were sold including a clarinet. Thank you everybody who attended this event and came to our stall……wish I was there…..

Gosh, many things have happened and it's hard to remember everything over the last two weeks. On the Friday before the event, a Buffet B12 clarinet found a new home here in Auckland, at the event a Yamaha Custom SEV clarinet found a home in Rotorua ! The Buffet E13 found a new home in Christchurch via our online shopping 😊

Boy, these instruments get around. After the Clarinet Weekend, one of the clarinetists, dropped by our place and dropped off a bass clarinet and bought a Yamaha YTS380 tenor sax. He was from Whangarei. On Saturday a girl and her mum came down from Kerikeri and tried and bought a Selmer Baritone sax mouthpiece. The baritone sax was so big and made such a HUGE sound. Thank you, Sarah for sharing your music. Finally today, another girl, this time from Silverdale came to see us and tried and bought a preloved Yamaha A Clarinet. So many clarinets!!!

Well, I have said enough πŸ˜…. I would like to thank Alfa for helping me remember some of these events and this is really a joint blog, although I have done about 99% of it. Rest, everybody. One more week left of the school holidays to go. So busy we are but never too busy to care and share with the ones that love me most 😻😘😸

Sunday, 23 September 2018

We are back !

Alfa (A):  It was my turn for the blog last week, but I could not do because Zara and I were at our cat hotel “The Loft” near our place.

Zara (Z):  Yup, mummy and daddy had a short break and went to Brisbane. So, we had to stay at the Loft. They seemed that they had a very good time in Aussie and refreshed 😸

A:   Indeed, but you didn’t enjoy staying at the Loft…as always, you hissed well at everybody, I mean every cat….hehehehe. Even you hissed at me too ! πŸ™€

Z:  Oh, well…you know, I do not like changes at all - I love routines !!! I am Queen Zara after all, you know.

A:   I love our routines too, but I did enjoy staying at the Loft J For me, it’s good chance to meet other cats...there were funny cats…

Z:   We missed lots of news…sounds like lots of things happened while we were away. A couple of brand new Alpha Bb clarinets arrived safely from Backun in Canada.

A:   Yeahhhh, more Alfa 😸 Daddy said to mummy to take a picture of me and Alpha clarinet together, hahahaha.

Z:  I think one Alfa is enough here. Well, some pre-loved instruments have found their new home in the last 2 weeks and we are very happy about that. Also, the DR TOOT Team is back…Masaru came back from Japan and Taka had an awesome time in Rotorua too.

A:  Yes, now mummy and daddy are busy preparing goodies for the University of Auckland Clarinet Weekend which is happening this coming weekend ! You know, I saw and helped mummy to pack flyers, pencils, ball pens…etc. for participants. Oups, I cannot say much…. 😎

Z:  The office is a full of goodies  😊and more pre-loved clarinets are on the way for the Clarinet Weekend. Hopefully they arrive soon and would be ready in time !

A:  I must say this…YOU did POO πŸ™€again….in our brand new carrier…on the way back from the Loft !

Z:  I know and we don’t talk about that  😼 I was too excited to see my daddy. You followed mummy like a lost sheep when we got back. I had some dignity !

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Alfa, Alpha, Alpha....

The weather is getting warmer and sunnier. I do believe spring is really here. As I write this with daddy, the sun is pouring in. I still spend most of the time on my fluffy pillow as someone of my royal status. Its Sunday today and end of a very busy week.

The week started off with a sale of a pre-loved Antigua alto sax which arrived in from Japan just on Monday morning. Remember that if we don’t have what you are looking for, you can always ask us to look for something and we will do our best to find the right instrument at the right price for you.

Masaru is away for another week in Japan so it was up to Taka and daddy to keep the repair going and mummy to keep the invoicing and sales moving.

Earlier last week, another Selmer Paris Seles Axos alto sax arrived in the country. These are an amazing saxophone. Where else can you get a quality Selmer Paris alto sax new for just $5500? Well, no sooner had it landed and set up by Taka, then a customer who has been saving for a long time, bought it! The customer told daddy that he tried a Selmer Paris saxophone in South Africa and never forgot that “Selmer” sound. He knew that one day he would have his own Selmer Paris. On Thursday, it happened and daddy drove out to meet him and delivered it to him. He was so very happy and couldn’t wait to take it home and play. What a week!!!! 😊

On Friday, a customer who bought a Yamaha preloved professional clarinet off us last year, has ordered a pre-loved Buffet Bass Clarinet. This beautiful instrument should arrive soon and after it is checked over and set up, will be sent to her. Nothing makes me happier than to see our beautiful instruments find good people enjoying these great instruments 😸

Mummy has been very, very busy preparing for the upcoming the University of Auckland Clarinet Weekend 2018 which is happening over the weekend September 29-30 at the Auckland University. DR TOOT will have a stall there where we will display many clarinets and clarinet accessories. I am a little concerned though…. Daddy told me that a couple of Alphas are arriving soon for the event. We don’t want another Alfa!!! πŸ™€ More on this later 😎

It’s time for me to sign out. Have a very good week everybody. Another thing that concerns me is the sight of our cat carriers. What does this mean??? 😼

Sunday, 2 September 2018

It’s spring…and Happy Father’s Day !

Well, it’s finally my turn…lots of things to say, but most important thing is that mummy and daddy got much better - less cough ! Thank you for everyone who were concerned 😊

September has started and it’s officially spring here in New Zealand…and it was Father’s day today…so, Happy Father’s Day, daddy from me and Zara !!!

It started with beautiful weather here in Auckland. The team has been very busy after Wellington - lots of instruments have arrived for repairs/services. Lots of emails came in, and one of them was from a customer in Australia. The gentleman was interested in the Briccialdi flute top professional model 9612 !

After few corresponds between the customer and Briccialdi Flute, he has made an order for the flute. Well, the handmade special flute is arriving this month !!! We are very looking forward to seeing the flute 😎

On Wednesday, we had suddenly bad bad weather… I don’t mind vacuuming or daddy’s tuba sound, BUT I hate lighting and thunder !!! It made me really scared and I hided under one of furniture in mummy’s office (mummy took the photo πŸ˜‹)

Lots of new products have arrived from overseas - lots of reeds from Gonzalez in Argentina, new ligatures, cleaning swabs, reed cases from Bambu in Argentina, the latest very expensive ligature called “HEXA” and other products from Silverstein Works in USA, and a very stylish Bam case and other accessories from Australia 😸

Also, three pre-loved clarinets, Yamaha YCL450, Yamaha Custom SE, Buffet E11 and a Yamaha flute YFL311 have been serviced and listed on our website. Well, the Yamaha Custom SE has already found a new home here in Auckland… how exciting !!!

I have heard mummy and daddy were saying that “Alfa, Alfa, Alfa…bra bra bra…” I thought that they were talking about me, then Zara told me that “It’s different Alfa they are talking about”. Ummmm, my tiny brain hurts…anyway something new is on the way to DR TOOT πŸ™€

Masaru left for Japan on Saturday for his holiday. He will be having a good time with his family and friends over there. The team will miss him for a while.

Better to go now…hope that everyone had an awesome week and weekend !!! 😸😸😸

Sunday, 26 August 2018

A dark coughing cloud hangs over DR TOOT

Yes its been awhile. As you all know Alfa and I take alternate weeks in caring and sharing with you the news seen from our eyes about DR TOOT 😸

It was my turn last Sunday but as you know, I need my daddy to type…”The Words”, and at that time, daddy was driving up from Wellington. The week of the 13th of August was a week of cleaning and preparing the instruments for the NZ Concert Band Festival which was being held in Wellington this year.

Both the boys and Daddy were busy repairing customers instruments and giving the last check over on the instruments to be taken down to Wellington. Mummy was busy sorting accessories and packing the goodies we were taking.  During this frantic time, a Briccialdi flute found a home here in Howick 😊

During this crazy time, Daddy’s health seemed to take a turn. He was coughing a lot and seemed very unwell. Well, in the wee hours on Friday August 17th, Mummy, Daddy and Taka left for Wellington, leaving Masaru in charge of the shop and us. During the drive down, daddy became more unwell and without saying too much, they didn’t get into Wellington till near 3.30am !!!!!! πŸ™€πŸ™€πŸ™€

With only 3 hours sleep, they were up having breakfast and setting up their DR TOOT Stall. The stall looked amazing and a Bach Bass Trombone (gone to Hamilton), a Yamaha wooden Piccolo (gone to Gisborne) and a Buffet Clarinet (Wellington) found new homes. Many accessories too found new homes 😸 Thank you so much for everyone who visited the DR TOOT stall and helped the Team for setting up the stall !!! 😻

That evening daddy played with the Manukau Concert Band and they won a Silver Award....Well done ! 😊 Everyone thought that Daddy could not make it.

Time to go back. After packing up the stall. Mummy, Daddy and Taka left Wellington at 2pm for the long drive back to Auckland to arrive at just after 11pm…..a very very long day. We were of course so excited to see them and after a short cuddle, we all went off to our own beds. 😸

Taka took a few days off while Masaru and daddy checked over the instruments again before returning them into the stock room. Mummy too spend a lot of time restocking accessories and battling a horrible cold she picked up.

Everyday there was a symphony of coughing from mummy and daddy 😎 No peace and quiet here!!!! Many repairs came in and on Thursday morning a young man and his mum came in and bought a beautiful Selmer Seles "Axos" Alto Sax. Wow!!!! Such a lucky boy 😺

Well, the weekend is upon us again and we are all together. Mummy and daddy have decided to take it very easy and not go out at all. Time to rest and recharge their energy. Just the four of us…its nice πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜Š

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Another milestone for daddy !

It’s been nice weather here in Auckland and the Team at DR TOOT has been busy as usual.

Everyday, different courier drivers come and go…pick and drop off. I watch them every moment and hope that someone might leave the front door open J  Zara is busy sleeping nowadays…just curled up at corner and snooooring…haha J  I visit mummy in the office and sometimes sit at the front of computer and remind her that I am more important than the keyboard !

Well, we had a big busy day on Wednesday. Yes, it was daddy’s birthday ! He turned 62. In the morning, we cerebrated together with a special lemon cake as he likes lemon curd J Also, it was an International Cat Day !!! Yes, lots of our cat friends around world cerebrated this day…

We were supposed to stay at the Loft Cattery this coming week, but we were told that Masaru would stay here and look after us…and of course, the shop J Taka, daddy and mummy are going to Wellington to have a stall at the NZ Concert Bands Festival – leaving here early morning on Friday and coming back on Sunday night. Masaru will be working on Friday at workshop….Yay, Zara and I don’t need to leave here J

Hope that everyone had a safe and sound weekend….have an awesome week from Alfa…your Princess Alfa J