Wow. That's deep. Those moments must be what gets you through the bulk of the drudgery of school horns, or work for other more mundane musical contexts.Nothing is more satisfying than seeing a horn come alive and make music again after a long period of being forgotten somewhere. Well, also maybe doing a "last overhaul" for an old-timer who has owned his horn for decades and just wants to enjoy it in the autumn of his years and says its never played better. Seeing a guy look at his horn like he's just met it though he's been playing it for longer than I've been alive will get me choked up.
QFT. They're also given to breakage much more than other makes, not so much rods or hinge tubes but keyarms, esp of touches & neck octave. Ironically, the cups are more malleable than most (established) makes and somewhat easier to both damage & reshape/correct than some.I am a very lucky guy and have at least one of each of those brands in the shop right now (including Yamaha Yanagisawa Selmer) plus a Kohlert and a Keilwerth. My niche is working on saxophones only and unusual and rare saxophones in particular, so I get a lot of that sort of stuff sent my way. I enjoy working on all of them, really. Each saxophone has its own unique personality, but there are few that I find more difficult than they need to be- a modern Selmer with the super deep pad seats and sloppy mechanics would in that group, as would a King Super 20 that has been relacquered and kicked down the stairs- Super 20s with their nickel keywork are really hard to get right again once they've been abused.
I assume you are talking about the King. That's my experience with Kings in general (though I haven't seen that many). Hard key arms with very soft key cups. This was, for example, when a local player bent his baritone and one of tbhe tone holes at the day of a concert. The only option to have a playable instrument was to bend the key cup to align with the tone hole. Easily bent back when it will eventually be repaired. But an awful design for adjusting/aligning key cups over tone holes. I'd say the disadvantages outweigh the advantages for this design IMO.QFT. They're also given to breakage much more than other makes, not so much rods or hinge tubes but keyarms, esp of touches & neck octave. Ironically, the cups are more malleable than most (established) makes and somewhat easier to both damage & reshape/correct than some.