Yamaha’s YBS-61 baritone sax was an excellent instrument, but the original octave vent design caused some pitches in the second octave to be stuffy. Yamaha eventually redesigned the octave vents, and we can update your original YBS-61 to match the improved specification.
We replace bite plates in all brands of mouthpieces, using a plastic material used within the dental and cosmetic industries to ensure a hygienic, yet durable, result.
Recently I received a request for something a little more unusual:
“Hello, I have a metal mouthpiece that was bitten by my dog. I would like to know if you can fix it.”
Design, fabrication, and installation of (fill in the blank). Add, remove, reposition, or reshape parts…the only limit is your imagination. With any custom job, our goals are correct function and cosmetic attractiveness.
Recently, a tech contacted me about adding a front F key to a Borgani soprano sax. He was going to perform the rest of the overhaul but decided to outsource this part of the project.
Dent removal, soldering, crack repairs. We have the equipment and skills to do all kinds of body work. Our objective is to make the result look at attractive as possible.
Uneven key heights, sloppy keywork, and other problems can all make your instrument harder to play, but we can fine-tune your instrument to fit like a glove.
Pictures of another cracked shank repair. Here’s an old Dukoff “Fluted Chamber” hard rubber mouthpiece.
This article describes some of the problems that an otherwise excellent vintage horn can have, and how we can improve the existing setup.
An overhaul is more than just replacing the pads. One of the steps during disassembly is to fit the keys tightly to the posts. During this step, I discovered a major problem that required attention.
I received a question about how much I charge to give a written estimate. I don’t charge any diagnostic or “bench” fees to estimate repair costs.
A “P. Mauriat” alto sax came into the shop this week. The owner was playing a gig, and the horn fell off its stand and onto a monitor speaker. The result? A lot of bent keys and a big, ugly dent in the bell.
Have you ever put a sax mouthpiece on your neck and cracked the shank end (the part that goes over the cork)? How do we fix this? First, the crack is sealed so there are no leaks.