Two tips about Saxophones

By Super User

Saxophones are a complex and delicate instrument.

There are an infinite number of reasons why it may not be playing properly. For a repairer to even search and check over an instrument can take some time.

But in this article I’ll start from the top.

Point No.1:

All wind instruments must not leak. We are talking about micro sound leaks that can hinder or completely destroy your ability to play the instrument correctly.

Point No 2:

Your repair technician should point out not only where the problems are but the cause of the problem.  Such as slightly bent body, unlevel tone holes, dented posts, bent keys etc. etc.

It is important to understand the difference between correcting the cause and treating the symptom.

Our workshop endeavours to work from cause to effect.

My example I wish to point out here is to check your saxophone for loose goose necks.  A loose neck can be the source of lost sound stability, intonation and volume.

Many players think that if the neck does not turn from side to side when the locking screw is tightened that it is a good fit.

Unfortunately this is wrong.

You must loosen the screw and check to see if the neck has slight back and forth rocking movement.  Tightening the screw may stop side movement but it will not seal the join with a precision close engineered fit.  [There should be extremely little or no rocking movement.]

The perfect fit is tight yet smooth to get on and off.

My advice is to send it to our workshop or find someone who can correctly fit the join. Chances are you will notice that you and your instrument will Sound Better.

Use this technique when buying your next saxophone.

Remember this:-
We combine a scientific, artistic and an engineering approach to repairing.

I’m sure you find this helpful.

From the desk of Morrie Zahner.