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  1. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    hi, i've an unusual situation here... i've never experienced this in my past couple years of playing! i need to get my saxophone in a better condition before we begin band for the 5th, and i want to know if it can be a fix at home, or if i need to send it to get a repair. recently i've...
  2. Evaluations/Member Transactions/ United States
    I'm looking for a new repair tech in the North Florida area (preferably within a 2 hour radius of Tallahassee). I need someone who has experience working with/on Yani curved sopranos, amongst older horns. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I might be able to go? I've heard good things...
  3. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    I’m currently taking apart and repairing my old Arbiter Pro Sound alto to replace some rusted pads and warn corks. I noticed the low D had a lot of movement before de-assembly, as I feared one of the welded on part that’s holds the bottom on the hinge rod had come off. The rod that holds the RH...
  4. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hello, I purchased a new Yamaha alto sax back in about 2017, played it casually at home for about two years, and now haven't touched it in about 15 months due to various distractions. The sax has been in a case the whole time in my basement in a general open area. I have time now to get back...
  5. Eb Alto
    Hello. I have a Jupiter alto saxophone, and in the middle of practicing I suddenly heard something fall into the bell. It turned out to be a small screw. I scoured the sax trying to find an empty hole but was unsuccessful. I'm still a beginner and don't know all of the keys, so it's also been...
  6. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hey guys! I recently got an old Weltklang tenor from my grandparents and, while it's not in the worst shape, it definitely not in full working condition. It for sure needs to be cleaned out and some of the upper register along with the low Bb don't quite work right. The G sounds pretty wacky...
  7. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hey guys! This is my first post over here, so bear with me I guess. :) Well, I just got my hand on an old weltklang tenor from my grandparents and its just a touch beat up. On the outside, it looks pretty great, but some of the upper register doesn't quite work right. I suspect a couple of pads...
  8. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hello. I have Conn New Wonder 1918 tenor and there are couple of dents, on the body mainly. if I fix these dents and dings will it harm the sound of this model? I'm not sure abouth thickness of the metal here. I heard it won't be necessary to fix dents from the outside since it's already...
  9. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hi everyone! I've recently purchased an old Buescher True Tone Alto sax off eBay. For an old sax that I got for a low price, it plays great (the action is a bit slow but I think I'll be able to fix that by cleaning and roiling the rods). However, I have an extremely hard time getting out a low...
  10. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    This being my first post here, I hope this is the correct way of doing it— I took my sax apart to polish it, the same way I always do, but now I’m having a problem. The last screw I tried to screw in is getting tight when it’s only half of the way in. I’ve tried different angles and different...
  11. Holton
    I took my recently acquired 233 alto to the tech today to get it up and running and, aside from it needing quite a bit of work, he said he was reluctant to even work on it since it doesn't have the right neck. I'm not proud of how ignorant I was buying an old Holton with brass keys and a neck...
  12. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hey everybody. I recently acquired a Holton Collegiate alto from the good old eBay and guess what: It's disgustingly filthy and musty. I haven't found a good consensus on how to clean an old lacquer horn, so I was hoping for some advice. After taking off the keys and removing the pads (they're...
  13. 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...
  14. Clarinet
    Bundy Alto Clarinet Register Key Rocker I recently purchased a Bundy alto clarinet on Ebay. I have replaced most of the pads with black roo pads and it plays great. I was able to get the double octave hole mechanism to function correctly thanks to helpful websites that explain how it works...
  15. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hello all, I was hoping I could get some help regarding my daughters B&S blue label alto sax serial no 1379 (pretty sure it was made before the unification of Germany. We bought it off her previous saxophone teacher and she has been playing it for the last 4 years. About 9 months ago we had a...
  16. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    I recently bought a 1972 buescher aristocrat for $245 on eBay and took it to a repair technician. She said to get it in playable condition would cost $90 if everything went well. The problem was the saxophone had three different brand types of pads and some were uneven in thickness and most had...
  17. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    I recently bought a alto saxophone from eBay and was wondering if a repair tech would be able to determine the playing condition of my horn. The problem is I have the horn with a 2 week return option but will not have a mouthpiece, reed, strap, etc. For about a week 1 1/2 due to shipping. Do I...
  18. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hey all, I just bought the music medic repair kit for saxophone and am really interested in at least learning to read my instrument. Any tips?
  19. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    I have had my Yamaha 62 alto since the mid 80's. I've noticed that my C#, B, and Bb's keep going out of alignment on me. I've got a really good repairman. The last time he repaired it was about 3 weeks ago. Felt like a new horn! Then, suddenly this last weekend my low notes are gone again. You...
  20. Yanagisawa
    I purchased a used A 991 from a reputable national music chain. It was listed on their online store and was located in one of their stores outside my state. There were only four pictures of the sax displayed, not nearly enough to really see the condition fully. so I called the store for more...
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