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bent neck receiver + broken screw

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I have a tenor sax with a slightly crushed neck receiver and a broken tightening screw. Does this sound like a simple repair or something trickier. I'm asking because I have to decide whether to go for a quick fix with a decent tech or to wait for the real deal guy in my town to have some free time.

Thanks in advance,

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That's not so bad. I've seen worse. Easily saved. Should be a relatively quick and straight-forward fix for a tech with experience and the proper tools. Best of luck in your choice of techs. Decisions...decisions.. :? ;)
rleitch said:
Great news--I can't wait to play this sax. Are the tightening screws hard to replace? The original got broken off inside the...tightener thingy (sorry for the hyper-technological language).

Depending on how "stuck" it is, (the end of the screw where it broke is going to be bent/damaged slightly) there are a variety of tools and methods to remove it. That's the easy part of this repair for a tech with appropriate tools to remove it w/o doing damage to the surrounding screwblock or internal threads.

Ferree's makes a broken screw removing tool which is relatively inexpensive and will save you lots of time and effort when dealing with this situation, which will be often. Kraus sells a set of left-handed micro-drill/easy-out combos which work well when the Ferree's tool will not. Every technician should have these tools IMO. It is very difficult to ruin threads with these tools if you are careful and use common sense.

Btw - next time you run into a broken screw in the housing try removing the threads by turning the broken screw section clockwise and also counter-clockwise with a screw removing tool. Sometimes they back/screw out, and sometimes they push/screw out the other side. If this doesn't work, do the same on the other side of the screw. 95% of the time you can avoid going to extreme measures of removal, but not always. Usually replacing the screw with a new one will work out any corrosion and clean the threads inside the screw housing. 98% of the time, if the interior threads are not damaged while trying to remove the old screw, the new one easily screws into place.
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I agree with Hans. The use of a steel sphere as close to the tubing diameter you use will give superior results, especially at the end when you are doing the final finish.
btw - Keep an eye on your watch if you have an analog watch. The magnetism will stop the inner workings, time will "freeze", and you're going to be late for something. ;)
rleitch said:
I've decided to be wise and err on the side of patience: the sax is going to Mariuz (the real deal guy)!

Thanks again,
Might that be Mariuz Kowalski in Halifax Nova Scotia??
He sells a line of swedging pliers and also a line of specialized flute pliers. All are very nice tools. Nice gentlemen. Matter of fact, I need to call him about a pair of pliers. Thanks for the reminder. ;)
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