You're absolutely correct. That does nothing but distribute the grime and dirt particles into the screw heads and/or rod. Having said that, I think it really depends on how much someone plays, what environment they usually play in (outdoors, dusty places, or indoors in concert settings). No, it's not difficult to remove keys, clean them with naptha and re-oil, but there's also a lot of screwy things that can happen if someone who has never attempted this before tries it. Some basic, yet very important tools/supplies are needed. Good screwdrivers with the proper slot/head sizes, Naptha, a spring hook, quality key oil, but most importantly......knowledge of the proper order in which keys are removed and then re-assembled. I've had customers come to me who have tried this on their own and either couldn't get the keys back on correctly (yes, there's a proper order) or ended up knocking corks/felts off, messing up the action and basically made things worse than before they started their little do it yourself journey. Personally, I offer a "clean, oil and adjust" service for saxophones, clarinets and flutes. This involves complete disassembly of the instrument, cleaning and re-oiling all mechanisms, replacing cork/felt as needed and up to three pads. My price for that service is $175 and certainly doesn't need to be done every year, but again, it really depends on how much abuse the instrument takes and how finicky the player is.I've always been told never to just put drops of key oil onto the end of the key but to take the whole key apart to clean and re-oil because if you just oil the end it sucks all the outside nastiness and dirt into the key and can make the problem even worse. Can someone tell me if I'm wrong because if I am That would save me SOOOOOO much time every 6 months!
Welcome to SOTW.i have the haynes sax manual
oil is $20. maintenance is 300 to 400
the sax is 2.5 years old and works perfectly
and had a major service 18 months ago
money is tight.
Would anyone risk just oiling it every 6 months unless something is a problem?
Excellent idea Gordon and one I am going to look forward to using.I hand out to all customers, a sheet on care and maintenance, and another on signs that servicing is due.
No fixed time. That depends so much on the sax and the player, and the reliability of materials and adjustments used by the technician.