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  1. Acoustics
    Hey everyone! I like to experiment building musical things and have done a bit of sax repair in the past. I like physics too, so I've come up with a little challenge. I recently bought a Yamaha YRF-21Y "fife" for $10 shipped. I've kinda been wanting a piccolo (I know, I'm insane), and this...
  2. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    One of the back keys (right below the left thumb position) of my Yamaha YAS-23 is leaking a bit, making it difficult to emit low notes. I put the light inside the sax and i can see the key leaking on its underside. Do you recommend me to replace the pad or try to bend it a little? You can see...
  3. YouTube videos
    Hey everyone! I get asked ALL THE TIME what this key is on the saxophone- in this video I show you EXACTLY what it is and how to use it! #makejazzfunagain
  4. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    I am in the process of putting back together a Kohlert Regent tenor saxophone and noticed that one of the palm keys (high D on an alto?) seems bent. I noticed this because the part of the key close to the pad rubs against the little metal walls that guide the key...
  5. Bb Soprano
    Recently I've noticed that there's a lot of "play" in the octave key on my Selmer Mark VI. It looks like a fairly complex little mechanism. There's a "C" that has cork on it that holds on to a rod, and then the rod pivots on a pin... both of these have some play in them. Do I just need to have...
  6. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hi, I have got a Yamaha YAS-25 Alto Sax in for repair and someone has done a good job of trying to replace a pad, but not protecting the key pearl, so one edge is scorched. I want to replace this pearl, but haven't done one before - any tips on the best way of removing the old one? Thanks
  7. Bb Tenor
    I've been playing saxophones for a few years now, and have had the chance recently(as band manager) to take what I pleased from the instrument storage as long as I returned it in good condition. I found a tenor I'd never seen before, and it doesn't play but I'm seeing if it will. Oddly enough...
  8. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hey guys and gals, So I'm looking for a new (old) horn, and I need something that allows for a full range of microtonal fingerings - like most modern horns do. However, Conns in particular have a mechanism in the right stack where pressing down the D key also triggers the E key. Some models...
  9. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hiya My tenor saxophone's pinky table is uneven; the C# and Bb keys are raised above the B and G# keys. Here's a picture: When you depress the C# key, the mechanism seems to work, except from the bar that sort of pivots to open the low C# pad doesn't move. Here's a couple of pictures (the...
  10. Jazz and Improvisation
    So let's say I have chord changes that go from A Minor7 to D Minor7 Does the key change? A min scale has no flats or sharps, but d min scale has 1 flat… I guess 2 flats with the "7" So does the key change? When, if ever does it change?
  11. Necks
    Hi everyone im fairly new to the site. Ive been reading and commenting for i wanna say about a year now but this is my first post as i cant find an answer to my question. I have 3 saxes. All altos which i love dearly and they are a 1925 King, Selmer AS500 and a p.Mauriat 67r dark lacquered. My...
  12. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    I am having a bit of trouble with my High F palm key. I am not really sure what is causing the key to remain open, I checked the mechanism and there seems to be no obvious causes. When I get home from work later I can post a picture, to help you tech visualize it. I would take it to a repairman...
  13. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hello, The bumper under the altissimo key on my horn (alto) is missing, causing the key to wiggle back and forth. It still works, but it's an annoyance and I'd like to fix it before I go off to college next year. I was wondering where I could get a new bumper, and how I would re-adhere it...
  14. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Anyone know possible causes or remedies for a cracked A key cup on a Selmer Mk VI alto 61xxx? I suspect a botched pad replacement job, but repair man denies all knowledge. Any ideas? :x
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