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Re-purposing a 'not worth fixing/overhauling' sax - to mutal benefits

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I was thinking about the other post regarding if a C-melody sax is worth repairing or not, and I began to wonder....

1. There must be repair techs, or, want-to-be repair techs that need instruments to hone their craft on, try new techniques, etc.
2. I am a believer in preserving the heritage of vintage horns vs. trashing/lamping them.
3. This is not about new, Chinese cheapo horns.

To me, seems like there must be some crossroads in the above. No idea how, but I would think if you married the two, some of the lesser valued vintage horns could get new life breathed into them as not only an educational tool but for further sale (offset by the eductational benefit) but for a solid horn for a beginner vs. Chinese x, y or z.

Is there a network of repair techs? Could they figure out a way to set up a sharing service for horns to go to be deployed to enhance the repair industry?

Just a thought
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There is a network of repair techs who are members of NAPBIRT (National Association of Band Instrument Repair Technicians). There are also several facebook groups where repair techs and people interested in repair can participate. In my personal experience there is never a shortage of used saxophones to practice on from sources such as EBay, pawnshops, and local classifieds. This post made me smile when I thought of the Conn factory deliberately throwing the poor selling and unpopular Conn-O-Saxe's off the roof of the building to use to train new repair technicians. This is one reason there are so few left today and why they cost so damn much. ;)
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