Exactly, and I've had two tenors with upper body tube bends straightened at very little cost. One was $40 and the other ran $80, but only because a slight ripple had to be rolled out magnetically.I've seen this done many times and the person whom I saw doing this the most ( David Crane of Matthews) starts certainly with this when taking care of many a soprano. If done properly and this was just a " banana shaped saxophone" bend and not folded in two, there may even be little to adjust afterwards because the procedure implies the bending back with all the keys attached.
'Whack a mole'! Yep, its quick and dirty, but it works.A tech I used fixed a bent body tube on a tenor for me and it was one of those "look away" situations for sure! Great outcome and I'm not sure he even charged me, it was done so quickly.
Do you mean he inserted from the top? This means the "mandrel" has to be smaller in diameter than the top of the sax, and usually even smaller than that because of octave vent sticking in. Actaully that's not a mandrel... but is that what you meant? A mandrel is generally a tool that either has a close fit to the inside of whatever you put on it, or is used to shape something over it to is shape.obviously different people have different techniques , I have seen mandrels as illustrated above being used by David also to bend back any curved saxophone with the bell on (no need to do that only on the tube) .
I have one tapered mandrel for all saxophones.
I don't see why you would need so many.