Here's how. I could build a shed in the time it takes to do this.If you have Broadband - take a look at this film
Don't if you are in a hurry!! It is quite interesting anyway, showing how a saxophone is made.
The point that is relevant is at about 14 mins 50secs into the clip - which shows them throwing on a preformed cork sleeve onto a pre-glued crook.
Why is that not commercially available for quick repairs? (OK it doesn't take that long for someone who knows what they are doing to do it from sheet)
But the crook is conical so downward pressure will only secure its position - could there not be an interchangable version that does not have to be glued?
Or another material with some elasticity - ?neoprene.
I've posted this elsewhere. On the three palm keys of my tenor, I've replaced the slivers of cork which have fallen off over time with tiny bits of butyl rubber cut from some left over twenty-year-old butyl pool-liner.kork isn't that expensive, does actually a good job and most important, it's easy to work with.
But I have also a wish for a good replace for the korks.
It isn't the neck kork which makes me fuzzy, but all those tiny little korks in the mechanica. The got lost or get pressed or soaking them up again when get wet. Same with the felt. They are the reasons why you have to readjust a new horn after half a year, and those tiny little things make often a lot of stress.
Futhermore it's not so easy to adjust all the mechanic couplings or the keyhighs.
I hate the right hand system of selmer. Yamaha has some very good screws there but opposite the screws there is also kork.
On my Cannonball there are also this screws but not so clever like the Yamahs (they have a flat head on the end) the kork ist allready damaged and I allready had to readjust it.
I want something synthetic which lasts longer and easy to work with (sandpaper, cutting, glue on) and I want more Screws (of course with a litte rubber-o-ring inlay)
The same reason I don't like the leatherpads. They are not constant over the time and need to be always on the same place for the perfect fitting.
There are some other solutins. Who remembers the TopTone pads?
Here is an other solution from codera which is very intersting
Sounds interestingI've posted this elsewhere. On the three palm keys of my tenor, I've replaced the slivers of cork which have fallen off over time with tiny bits of butyl rubber cut from some left over twenty-year-old butyl pool-liner.
Also on one other key where I made it double thickness, they work fine, they don't cause the keys to "bounce." As I said in my original post, it wouldn't be suitable for places where it might need thicker corks.
Cork quality where I've been able to find it in craft shops is of poor quality and far from suitable. I've not tried to cut up wine corks, I don't know if they might be ok if nothing else is available.
It's interesting how pretty well every clarinet maker has managed to conform to a standard sized socket for the mouthpiece, and standard mouthpiece tenons to suit.One solution is to adopt a standard mouthpiece inside diameter for each size of saxophone. Existing mouthpieces could be adapted to the new norm for those who want that convenience. ....
maybe because taper and length of the necks are not standardized in saxophones and because chambers and mouthpiece designs vary so greatly that it would be impossible to have a standard size?It's interesting how pretty well every clarinet maker has managed to conform to a standard sized socket for the mouthpiece, and standard mouthpiece tenons to suit.
Whatever went wrong with the sax mouthpiece makers?