There are a host of YouTube videos on the topic. All you really need is a good screw driver and a small torch.
If you have to ask, it probably won't turn out well....unless you're some sort of handyman/brain surgeon/engineering genius. Then, it might turn out okay (not great).
It definitely DOES depend on the person's proclivity in such mechanical affairs. I mean, if one is NOT mechanically inclined already, the large hill just became a mountain.Mellowmeyer, perhaps you are unaware of how rare you are.
I encounter a lot of really substandard DIY work (and really substandard technician work!)
I very rarely encounter half decent DIY work. But yes, it does exist.
And to improve DIY work, and warn and highlight re bad technician work, is a major motivation for being here.
Jmadonia, if you ask a question that needs a book to answer it, then you are unlikely to get somebody here to write an answer.
If you ask specific detail questions, this place becomes very helpful.
This is how I got started 25 years ago. A particularly frustrating situation where a highly reknowned repair shop in San Francisco took my selmer tenor (that was playing but not quite perfect) and charged me $400 to render it completely unplayable. My son's music teacher handled the transfer back and forth so it was problematic to go back and complain. After 10 hours or so, I figured out a couple of things that were wrong, remedied them, and started my journey. I then decided to learn more and started buying old Conns from flea markets and garage sales (later on eBay in the early days)...these were available for <$100 at the time...some actually free!! The first ones ended up taking 100s of hours (learning dent work, straightening tone holes, removing stuck rods and making new ones, removing busted springs and replacing, soldering techniques even patching holes where they had corroded through!) but some of them ended up being nice players.It definitely DOES depend on the person's proclivity in such mechanical affairs. I mean, if one is NOT mechanically inclined already, the large hill just became a mountain.
...are you willing to screw up and not get despondent about it ?
Are you ready to have to take apart that lower stack a dozen times because you just cannot get that pad to stop leaking ? Or will there be a point where you just give up and let the leak stay there ? AFTER all the leaks are gone, then...are you ready to take apart the stack AGAIN to adjust the foot corks for the best intonation across the horn ?
Can you tap, tap, tap a keycup back into level without wailing on it ?
Will you continue to soak that buggered rod in penetrating solution over and over ? Or will there come a point where you just lose it ....and start slamming a countersink punch into one end of the barrel to force the mutha' out the other end ? (which may give you some temporary release and joy, in a Neanderthalic sense, but will also put you in a far worse pickle than before :dazed.
Fun stuff like this.
But given the OP started another thread stating he had just rec'd his MusicMedic starter kit.....Jmadonia....I suggest you just start with some of the simple work described in the pamphlet which comes with that kit. Replacing some pads, seeing if you can get them to seal, that sorta stuff. Familiarize yourself with shellac, a leak light, a pad spatula, a few of the simpler pliers, a spring hook, etc. You will need a better torch than the kit has, as well.
Get a few project horns, but ones which do not have a lot of body damage...and go at them with the kit.