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I am exploring my options for replacing some missing keys on a bari that I am restoring and was wondering what the process is for making key assemblies (rods, hinge tubes, levers, touch pieces, etc.). Are the various pieces soldered together? Is it one piece that is made from a mold? How difficult is it to make a new key or modify a key to work on a different sax?

Just curious!
 

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it would be easier to find some keys to adapt.

sometime ago, there was a post where a key cup was made, it was a great video.
 

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Are the various pieces soldered together? Is it one piece that is made from a mold? How difficult is it to make a new key or modify a key to work on a different sax?
Each piece is made individually and then hard soldered together, then reamed shaped buffed plated or lacquered
 

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Each piece is made individually and then hard soldered together, then reamed shaped buffed plated or lacquered
Thanks simso, that is what I was looking for. I am going to keep looking for either a beater bari with the keys I need or the individual keys. If I can't find them I guess now is a good time to learn how to hard solder and make my own!
 

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I recall reading somewhere (likely a manufacturer's sales brochure) that keys are hammer forged, too, not just molded.
Certainly! If cast, the metal would be considerably weaker.

That is not to say that one cannot make strong keys out of bar stock of cold-worked material, however.
 

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