Couldn't the examples from other instruments be wearing for the same reason Curt suggests -- imperfect alignment?I like curts articles and find them informative, but in this instance I dis-agree, keys wear.. its as simple as that. Classic examples of this exist and present themselves readily with oboes and clarinets
Assume I know nothing about maintenance. (because I don't). Is oiling something I should do myself? What do I oil? What kind of oil? How often is often enough? Is disassembly required?I'm agreeing with Simso on this. I've seen plenty of examples of wear on good quality instruments. One problem is that keywork tends not to get oiled enough.
I understand. I think because my instruments get handled a lot (and often by others) that they just get "out of whack" periodically. I offset my playing ability with an energetic stage presentation and sometimes bump into things (or people) as the night wears on. Then everything gets tossed into cases and on to the next place. It's only madness in the summer then it's just local stuff a couple of three nights a week until The following year. I certainly can tell how much better they play after my tech does whatever it is she does but it's usually only a half to an hours visit with little disassembly involved. She fiddles - I play test - she fiddles some more, sometimes with heat or a minor take-apart; money changes hands and I'm off. Hell- it could be the placebo effect, but I leave thinking things play a lot better. So do you think an overhaul every three years is about right? Five? What? I average 3-4 nights a week. Is there something I should look out for? I come from the world of guitars where it seems easy to notice a problem and the only preventative maintenance is obvious stuff.I do this every year or two on my saxes, similar schedule for the customers of mine who want the service done. I definitely see my post-overhaul customers much less than every 45-90 days. If I did, I would be very dissatisfied with my work.
From my earlier post: "its the player who owns it and decides whether to bring it in for preventative maintenance (and decides to trust us to pay for work done that may not be immediately apparent) or only when something is noticeably wrong- at which point it is usually a more expensive fix, but a more readily apparent difference before and after."