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Hi all :
I recently bought a Tenor Selmer Mark VII , and when I reviewed it I found that it has a little knock in the neck, that goes inside the neck.
Does it affect the tone ?
Can it be repaired ?
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I’m not a tech, but I’ve had necks in far worse shape that played just fine.
Looks like it may be the result of someone adjusting the octave key.
 

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As long as it's not under the key saddle, the ding behind the octave key will pop right out in under a minute, though not necessarily completely cleanly, but it can be greatly reduced quickly and easily. The amount of time depending more on whether the key is removed before doing the dentwork than the dent itself, if you're OK with a slightly imperfect (no hammering, no burnishing, no lacquer touch up to finish the job) result. In most cases you can get close enough with just a dent ball, or a couple of dent balls, in just a few minutes in most cases with a dent like that, in the spot where it appears to be.
 

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When you get the dent removed you might want to ask the tech to add a cork or felt bumper on the neck octave key just above the dent so that it can't happen again if the octave key is forcefully pushed into the neck in the same fashion.
 

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Hi all :
I recently bought a Tenor Selmer Mark VII , and when I reviewed it I found that it has a little knock in the neck, that goes inside the neck.
Does it affect the tone ?
Can it be repaired ?
please, see the attachments

Best wishes
Humbardi
That's absolutely nothing to worry about whatsoever, nothing. It may actually improve the response and it can be fixed as long as the person doing it has the right dent tool. They're expensive and not everyone carries a large variety of sizes. If it really ends up bugging you than I sell a great neck that fits that horn really inexpensively. Phil Barone
 

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Phil, I am always impressed with your honesty. So many specialist manufacturers tell BS in order to increase sales.
 

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Next question: Should you repair? My opinion, for something that small, is no. Neck repairs risk loosing something special about the neck tone and response. Its less risky to buy a second neck if you need a better looking neck. Its a risk, not a certainty. I had a bad experience with a neck repair, and have regretted it ever since. I've just gotten a second neck ever since.
 

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it will be an easy fix,just take it to a competent saxophone technician.
there is always a mark where the dent was from the lacquer breaking,like the pull-down lacquer on the sides.
 

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Hi friends...
Today I went to a Luthier , here in Bogotá ( Colombia ). He can repair the neck, and also he re-corked the neck, because the Otto Ling Super Tone Master NY 6* that I play was loose in the cork.
He will be doing a full maintenance to the sax, change a pad that found damaged, adjusting key heights, and in a second step, will be changing all pads and resonators, to put the sax in the most "original" way.
Many thanks for your opinions and recommendations.
 
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