We offer several levels of service for your saxophone, including everything from playing condition repairs to complete overhauls. We fix what the others can't!
All service levels include a full adjustment of the mechanism. A finely-adjusted saxophone ensures that key combinations work as they should. All of the alternate fingerings are checked and adjusted as needed.
Leaks and regulation
Complex key interactions, such as the octave and left pinky mechanisms, are carefully addressed. During this part of the service, pads are adjusted to seal the tone holes and key heights are set to an even, appropriate clearance. Spring tension is adjusted to the player's preference.
Cleaning the saxophone is cosmetically attractive but is also important to prevent the buildup of dirt, tarnish, and gunk. We use an environmentally safe but effective solution to clean your saxophone. During this procedure, tarnish is removed and all accessible parts are lightly polished by hand.
Extra polishing is available when the pads are being replaced. We can also remove lacquer upon request.
Pads and resonators
When we replace pads, we use pads of the correct size and thickness to ensure proper function. On PC and COA jobs, new pads are selected to match the existing setup. On a repad or overhaul, we like to use the same type of pads and resonators the factory used, unless the customer has a specific request. We stock many of the common pad and resonator styles; others are available through special order.
On overhauls, we make sure that the tone holes are level for accurate pad seating. We prefer to level each tone hole from the inside out rather than relying on excessive filing – this is especially critical on saxophones with rolled tone holes. Then, various tools are used to reface the rim of the tone hole for a perfect surface.
Neck cork replacement is included with every repad and overhaul, but is available on any service for a modest surcharge. We use a stronger, more durable adhesive than the factory – naturally, the corks will wear over time, but we’ve never had a neck cork come back because the glue separated.
Saxophones are prone to dents and other body damage. We have a broad selection of dent removal equipment and can remove dents from anywhere on your saxophone. Some hard-to-reach dents, such as in the bow, can be removed quickly and inexpensively with the magnetic dent tools we have in our shop.
Other body work
Bent body tubes and pulled-down necks are no problem for us. We can fit the neck, whether original or not, to the body of the sax for an airtight seal.
We also have a full range of soldering equipment, so we can repair anything from a loose post to a key that needs silver soldering. We can also fabricate replacement or extra keys, or modify existing keys.
As part of an overhaul, all loose play is removed. Without this, adjustments are not as accurate, and common symptoms of poor key fitting include sluggish action, noisy (metallic) action, and buzzing or other vibration during playing.
Swedging, post fitting
Each key is swedged tightly around its rod. Adjacent keys are lengthened and squared off to remove side-to-side play. Posts are aligned and worn post holes are shrunk as needed. Key barrels and rods are straightened and polished to ensure smooth, free action.
With our attention to detail and precise workmanship, your saxophone will play effortlessly throughout the full range and have lightest, quietest, most responsive action possible. Contact us today to get started!