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About Temby

A Timeline

1992 – David Temby decides to take up the challenge to develop a soprano sax which is mechanically reliable, plays in tune, sounds great and is affordable.

1994 – “A Touch of Paradise” Australian icon John Farnham’s saxophone giant – Steve Williams plays his Temby Soprano on tours and shows with John Farnham.

1995 – David Temby commences design and development work for his Alto Saxophones and Flutes.

1996 – First Saxellos (curved bell soprano) curved soprano and baritone saxophone.

1998 – The release of the Temby Australia Alto Saxophones, Signature, Prestige and Elite Flutes and Baritone Saxophone.

1999 – Temby Vintage Series Alto Saxophone released.

2000 – Temby Tenor Saxophone release.

2003 – Temby Artist Flute and Advanced Student Trumpet released. Redesigned and improved Curved Soprano, Saxello and Straight Soprano Saxes and Baritone Saxophones

2004 – Temby Artist Flute Series 2 and Professional and Vintage Trumpet release.

2005 – Developed “Ultra Keywork” silencing for saxophone keywork & revised rate carbon steel springs.

2006 – Introduces new ergonomic octave key with roller for alto & tenor saxophones & optional Mother of Pearl Key Tops from Broome W.A.

2007 – The first David Temby Handmade Flute

2007-2012 –New custom model saxophones – “Pharaoh” (Pharaoh Sanders’ Temby horn of choice) black & silver, Joe Camilleri “The Blues Horn”, “Tribute to Grafton – Blues Horn Series 2”, Custom – brushed and polished gold

2013 – Introduces “Cycralign” treatment to scientifically align molecular structures of metals to improve harmonics, reduce mechanical wear and enhance airflow

2014 – Hand assembles 7 unique trumpets representing a diversity of designs, releases limited edition alto and tenor saxophones with “Silver Pearl” finish, re-designs Bob Venier Lightweight Studio trumpet with revolutionary German made MAW valves for release in July 2015.

2015 – Debut alto saxophone released for students with smaller hands, hand assembles more unique trumpets, new “Signature” trombone, yellow brass with nickel silver braces and trim released. Designed, prototyped and tested new “Prestige” model trumpet.

2016 – January release of new “Signature” & “Prestige” model trumpets … stand by for more!

About David Temby

David Temby is a classically trained musician who has worked in most genres of music – classical, commercial, jazz etc. He is also a composer, musical director and arranger who’s credits include “The Flying Doctors”, GTV9, Victoria State Opera, backing many local and visiting overseas artists, and you may even hear some of his compositions while wandering around Crown Casino Melbourne. Some of his performing and writing success is attributed to his skills on so many instruments – a professional brass, woodwind and piano player and singer. He really understands the idiosyncrasies and difficulties associated with playing and writing for all wind instruments.

As a teacher he used to find that far too many students would not have a good chance of learning because they had to try to play on substandard instruments.

His original challenge of researching the design and manufacturing of saxophones and flutes was to find out how to produce better sounding, easier to play and more mechanically secure instruments – During his journey of discovery he found that his expectations could be surpassed. The final result has been the introduction of a range of instruments that perform at much higher levels than were previously available in their price range.

Many professional musicians who play Temby instruments regularly give David feedback as to the performance and design of their instruments. It is heartening to know that there are so many great people who are passionate and committed to the development of the Temby range. It is with this help that he is able to improve on what may seem perfect already.

David always welcomes new ideas and discussion and is open minded about further developments to his musical instruments. It is only by questioning and trying exhaustively to improve and develop, that new ideas can grow into production.

Whilst David Temby’s original backround was in playing musical instruments, the past 20 years have been dedicated to developing high level skills and knowledge in science that affects instrument design and materials. Metallurgy, fluid mechanics, mechanical engineering, acoustics are all areas that are regularly drawn upon in the search for constant development.

All of us at Temby Australia encourage you to have fun with your musical journey. We hope that you will try our instruments soon and become part of our musical family.