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So I need to replace a missing palm key riser on this saxophone. I have seen and done many risers with epoxy putty. I have also seen ones made with cork layers and two part epoxy. Has anyone ever seen ones like these? It almost looks like balsa wood but they are as hard and smooth as glass and are absolutely gorgeous. I am curious to see if anyone knows how these were made or would be able to describe their construction. Thanks for any insight!
 

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I have only played one sax that I thought needed a riser and that was only the D. it was an early WWBW 'The Woodwind' tenor. but since it was not for me, I didn't do anything. I mean, I had to contort my hand to get the D - never had to do anything like that before. And of course, I never have used risers on any of my horns. If I had to do it I probably would use cork but hard rubber would be good. You can get fake 'pearl' plastic in slabs and that might be best.
 

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So I need to replace a missing palm key riser on this saxophone. I have seen and done many risers with epoxy putty. I have also seen ones made with cork layers and two part epoxy. Has anyone ever seen ones like these? It almost looks like balsa wood but they are as hard and smooth as glass and are absolutely gorgeous. I am curious to see if anyone knows how these were made or would be able to describe their construction. Thanks for any insight!
Musicmedic.com has "mother of bowling ball" risers. Behold my tenor risers. They take some shaping but I really like the feel.

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Most decent size cities will have one or both of Woodcraft or Rockler's both of which have a selection of those colored laminate materials used for making pens (as noted). A piece big enough to cut some palm key risers out of would probably cost less than $20.
 

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I decided to give cork a try for the first time after the Italian treats failed miserably (although delicious!). I really like the mother of bowling ball stuff, I may have to look into that but the plumber epoxy has served me well. The ones I applied to my tenor have been going strong for about 15 years.
 

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