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December 10, 2017
I meant Larry when he worked in Denver or Englewood out of a house in a residential area. I think it was Englewood but I'm not sure I could be wrong but he moved from there and that was probably back in the 80s it's hard to say because every few years he's done repairs on my flute. He was awesome he was a great guy and I really enjoyed talking to him about musical instruments that he repaired and his experiences with them. And it was time for me to have to see him one more time I was hoping but unfortunately it was a sad situation. I found out in July that he was no longer around and I felt so bad cuz I wanted to see him one last time cuz I'm going to be 60 and I've had my flute since I was 9 years old. He was awesome he was great he was very reasonable he did excellent work and I never ever was disappointed in any of his work on my flute whatsoever. He will be missed in so many ways. Thanks Larry for making my life more easier and enjoyable. I will play my flute in memory of you untill I can't play no more.
Twink Conklin
(I was hoping that he had a family member that was taking over his business. But I guess he was one of a kind and he was awesome.)
October 9, 2017
I met Larry in the fall of 1973 when he worked at the College of Music at CU. It is hard to imagine having a better friend than he was over the years. I worked with, for him, and relied on him. Blessed to have had him in my life.
September 5, 2017
I first met Larry in the late 70's as a student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Music school where Larry had a repair shop in the back of the building next to the loading dock. His shop was a refuge for those of us seeking a break from the stoic culture of the building. In Larry's shop, you were able to share a coffee, catch some Jazz, listen to a story and if you were lucky get Larry to render some sage advice. Being accepted into his domain was the ultimate badge of honor because it meant that you were 'cool' enough to hang with Larry.

Eventually Larry took me on as one of his rare saxophone students where he gave me the tools I needed to break out of the strict classical instruction emphasized at that time. Always encouraging, never limiting, his instruction was more like a guided apprenticeship that was designed to transcend the technical into the musically expressive realm.

And one semester he even figured out a way for me to get some credits learning how to repair saxophones.

At that time, other than the occasional side work, most of Larry's time was limited to keeping the Music school's instruments playable. Larry was always experimenting with pad treatments as well as other innovations and I remember the day he set up his first dunk barrel. After my bass player spilled his coke over my Tenor at a gig, Larry dropped everything he was doing to rebuild my Mark VI before my next gig. When completed, my Tenor was rendered with state of the art resonators into a better than new hot rod (less most of the lacquer, coke is a very effective stripper). Over the years every time Larry saw that horn he would tell me he really should have replaced those clackety ball joint side keys with some custom keys. I wish I had let him do it because then I would own a Naylor custom Mark VI.

I discovered Larry's passing after trying to get a tune-up for my Tenor. For close to 40 years, Larry has been the only one I ever trusted with my instruments. In tribute, I would love to go blow some changes for Larry, but alas, I need to find someone else to fix my horn.

I am heartbroken that I will not be able to tell Larry thank you, one last time, for being there for me all those years ago.

Fare thee forward Larry, you gave me so much more than you will ever know.

Pat Tugman
August 19, 2017
Back before the internet, Larry and I spent much time doing research on the affects of humidity/lack of same on traditional woodwind pads. I believe the results of our research live on in today's synthetic pads. His pioneering work on rehygrating wooden instruments with organic vegetable oils has had far-reaching influence in our industry, although not as far as he wished. He will be sorely missed in our industry, and by those of us who thought so much of him. Wee you later, my friend.