Then definitely check out Eric Drake at Saxology/Saxcraft in Berkeley (on University, within walking distance of Berkeley BART). His shop is right there behind the counter, and he has a bunch of refaced and vintage mouthpieces. His specialty is metalwork, including custom engraving (and he did a great job on dent removal for me).As a tech I am keen to meet some other techs and checkout their workshops or shops
Getting to Gabe doesn't require a car. Get on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) head to Fremont. Get off and walk about four blocks. Gabe's days tend to be Wednesday through Saturday. But he teaches a class during one of those days (public school music class as I recall), so check in with him at Allegro Music http://www.allegromusic.net before you show up. The BART ride is about 45 minuets long one way 8 or 10 bucks round trip from sf as I recall.OK, FINE...nice meeting you, too.
Hehe....so you want tech shops, not horn shops.....different thang altogether around here, because there's only one Instrument Shop which has a good in-house sax tech in the immediate SF Area (that'd be Best Music...and they still keep him locked in the brick basement all day long !).
All other techs are that...techs....with their own tech shop; some with a few horns for sale, some not.
Eric is worth a visit as Artstove mentions...just because a) he's in Berkeley and you should spend a couple hours in Berkeley if you can get over there easily and b) he is a pretty reknowned mouthpiece maker/refacer and c) he's an interesting guy.
If in SF, go visit Lee Kramka at Lee's Saxworx. It's out in the avenues, almost to the ocean...but fair to say he's sorta the Guru of the area (I don't use him any longer...way too expensive and slow...but again, if you are visiting, it's worth a stop-by).
My go-to guys (Anthony and Gabe, noted in the dealer directory section) are out of the immediate tri-city area (SF/Oakland/Berkeley) and require a car to get to......