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‘Sax Doctor’ Emilio Lyons

Emilio Lyons repairing a saxophone (photo courtesy fetch.com)

Day in and day out, for 55 years, he could be found at Rayburn Musical Instrument Store, just steps from Symphony Hall. There, at his workbench, Emilio Lyons spent his time repairing saxophones and clarinets for everyone from unknown students to the world’s biggest stars. Somewhere along the way, his careful, meticulous work even earned him the moniker ‘The Sax Doctor’ and a Lifetime Achievement Award from DownBeat Magazine. Still, when Emilio, now 79, arrived in the United States as a 17-year-old immigrant from the small town of Castelcivita in Salerno, he could have hardly imagined the path that lay ...

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