Evaluated in this manner, dismantling can begin. Keys are
swaged for perfect fit and the rods must slide smoothly
through the hinge tubing. Posts are aligned so the keywork
and post abutt one another. If need be old pivot screws
are replaced. Work proceeds though the entire horn in this
Dents are removed, tone holes are examined and made level
and round if necessary, stack rods and posts must be in
a straight line and if the horn is old the rods are examined
for rust. Springs are checked for rust and resiliency of
tension. If these qualities are found lacking they are replaced.
All solder joints are checked and fixed if need be.
Once this work is completed, the saxophone is given a bath in a biodegradable cleaning agent and then assembly begins. The pad cups are leveled, correct size pads are chosen, your choice of resonators installed, and a firm bed of stick shellac used for the installation of the pad in the key cup. The finest sheet cork, felts and teflon are glued on the keys along with a variety of other substances found to decrease key noise and metallic sounding clicks. Using heat the pads are floated into place, key arms are bent if nessesary so that from a side view pad and key cups are parallel, and when each pad seats perfectly the key combinations are balanced. The entire instrument is reassembled with attention to every detail. Upon completion it sits for a day, then checked again. Finally the saxophone is played by a professional musician, intonation problems dealt with, and action set. The fit of the neck is of utmost importance, when done correctly your horn will sing. It is the opinion of this technician that the same tension and resiliency should be felt through out the horn under your fingertips, and the result will be the minimum of effort to create the clarity of musical thought.
The Oleg Side Key Silencer solves one of the most common problems with the older Mark VI horns. The old ball and socket linkages on the right hand side keys are noisy and usually have lost motion. These new silencers convert the linkage to the older style linkage. Unlike other conversions, this does not make any permenant changes so the player can go back to the ball and socket linkage if they wish to. Set of two pcs. This and other Oleg products are now available and will make your saxophone playing life easier.
|Student Saxophone Overhaul
|Professional Soprano, Alto, Tenor Sax Overhaul
|Baritone Saxophone Overhaul
|Replace all springs
|Silver or Brass Resotech Resonators
|Clean, Oil and Adjust
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Steve, Thank you once again for saving the day. The work you did on my Tenor was great! You took the slop out of the keys in question and adjusted it perfectly. You always seem to find the time in an emergency. Thanks again.
Skip Mesquite (original member of Tower of Power, Cold Blood, Lenny Williams, Deniece Williams, Merle Saunders )
If you're ever in the Bay Area or live in and about, Steve Deutsch is your man for repairs, as you know the Vintage Selmer Horns need alot of Wind to keep them going, Especially in that Lower Register. I was Having Problems getting my MKVII to respond in the Lower Register until Steve got ahold of it and Brought it back to Life, Voila no more Problems Deep Bass Bb sounds like a Fog Horn now and it comes in with minimum resistence, Not to mention the entire horn sounds real Strong and in Tune, Top To Bottom. Thanks Steve.
Jim... in San Francisco
Repair sleeve for Conn 6M Alto Saxophone
I had to make a small sleeve in the high F post for an old Conn 6m alto saxophone. I took a piece of solid brass rod, drilled a hole to center it on the lathe, used the cutter to cut to the right diameter, and drilled the hole for the rod. I inserted the sleeve into the post, glued it, and it’s a perfect fit for the rod with no wobble.
This is a 1925 King Saxello that I had fun putting back together. What a beautiful sound it has.
|This is a 1931 gold plated Conn alto sax I fixed; they don't make them like this anymore.