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  1. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    So I bought a YAS 61 alto sax in 1975, haven't played it for a very long time, took pictures to sell it and 2 key buttons are missing. How the heck does that happen? I should have it overhauled but prefer to discount to a new owner so they can overhaul. I am open to any comments or advice...
  2. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Some months ago I made my first attempt at an overhaul of a silver-plated Ida Maria Grassi, Export model from 1974 that I won on eBay. The overhaul included: - washing and polishing of th ebody and keys; - replating lost silver-plate with an electroplating brush; - tonehole leveling; - repad...
  3. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hi, I am a new member to this forum. I've always loved the saxophone and recently bought a Continental Colonial at auction for $70. I know very little about saxophones, but I am fairly certain the pads have never been replaced. There is mold around the tone holes and a dent in the bottom. I'm...
  4. Pads and Resonators
    I'm going to have my Super-20 tenor overhauled soon. What type of pads are considered the best these days? Not interested in saving a few bucks, I want these to last a long time with minimum adjustment. As a starting point, I generally like harder pads and I have reso-tech domed metal...
  5. Buescher
    Hi everyone, I am going to cut to the chase. I recently purchased an antique Buescher C Melody Stencil which I am going to overhaul by myself. I believe it is nearly identical to the True Tone (I will try to attach some images that lead me to believe this), but I have had trouble finding a lot...
  6. Evaluations/Member Transactions/ United States
    Spanishfly's now deleted thread about visiting Emilio Lyons alerted me to the fact that he is doing repairs from his house. Well...my parents live a mile down the street from Emilio, so when I visited them in August, I brought along my pearl gold Borgani alto and dropped in on Emilio. He...
  7. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hello everyone, No I don't expect to become a real tech overnight ;). The scoop is that I have an alto from around 1910 that really needs an overhaul to be usable. It was my grandfathers and I want it to work again, but to get it worked on is $400, which is not money I can put forth (as an...
  8. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    My main horn is a 1932 Selmer Super Sax (Serial #17xxx). I struggle to play in tune and use a lot of alternate fingerings and embouchure adjustments, and even then I have trouble keeping in consistent tune across all registers. I had it repadded and adjusted (about a $300-400 job) a few...
  9. Pads and Resonators
    Greetings all! So I'm about to have an overhaul. Wondering if anyone can speak to their experience with the standard vinyl Yamaha stock resonators vs. a 3rd party metal or vinyl resonator that made an appreciable positive difference in tone or response. I know this is all completely...
  10. Misc. Saxophone Manufacturers
    So here we have my new Alto... A New Super Dearman which cost me £100 (plus £20 for postage) which i will be restoring, so i thought I would start my first ever thread on SOTW for you guys to have a look at all the goings on :) I am a novice at this and have never stripped a sax before... I...
  11. Advice on Buying or Selling a Saxophone
    Hi all, Hoping someone could give me their 3 cents. I was searching for a French Vito Alto with right hand bell keys that was not banged up for my son who plays tenor and wanted to add alto. I found one in the 23K serial number range on ebay. The seller represented that the horn played and...
  12. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    I recently purchased a Conn 10m, (serial number 270, XXX) and it's in need of some repairs, probably an overhaul. Also I'm pretty sure it's been relaquered, so I'm not sure what damage that did or did not do. Anyway I need to find a repairman or place to have it repaired. I live in Southern...
  13. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Sax techs will shake their heads in utter dismay but here goes: I've picked up a ratty ultra-cheap tenor as a project horn (more here about it: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?221219-quot-Super-Swallow-quot-Asian-Tenor-YTS-61-fake ) It played top to bottom with lots of effort...
  14. Pads and Resonators
    Hey! I'm overhauling my horn this summer, a Selmer SA80 bari, but I'm not quite sure what pads or resonators to ask for. I'm planning on getting my horn overhauled by Tenor Madness, and they ask to be told what I want. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! -Glynn
  15. King (HN White)
    Hey folks, I bought a Cleveland Super 20 Bari (400k) recently, which needs an overhaul. What pads and especially resos do you recommend? Those baris are not very common especially in my area, so local repairmen aren`t experienced with them. Right now small flat metal resos are installed- don`t...
  16. Conn
    I have just purchased on Craigslist a Pan American saxophone with the serial number 155211. This saxophone is in need of a full repad as it seems that all pads are original to the saxophone. This horn plays well yet is externally in very poor condition. Is it worth it just to have a repad or a...
  17. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hey everyone, I am looking for a trustworthy and reliable tech in the Northern Los Angeles area that offers good work and wont try to blabber me with hundreds of things wrong with my horn just to get an extra cent out of my pocket (like someone i know in the Hollywood area! lol). Can anyone...
  18. Advice on Buying or Selling a Saxophone
    So I recently bought a Noblet tenor on eBay for 600 dollars (you can find the eBay link here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Noblet-Tenor-Saxophone-w-Hardshell-Case-France-Sax-Woodwind-Brass-/370829420145?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item565727e671&autorefresh=true ). The listing said that the...
  19. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    I recently decided I want to learn to play saxophone and found my way to these forums. I Made a post looking for 2 saxophones, one in excellent playing condition and one "junk horn" to practice repair on. A generous member of this forum (will leave it to him to reveal his identity if he so...
  20. Sax Body and Finish
    The debate has raged on and on here on the SOTW forums - how will the lack or "lack of" lacquer (sorry, just couldn't resist the alliteration!) affect one's own tone, response, and sound? I am sure, from reading the threads, there has been at least a package of reeds kidnapped or snapped in half...
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