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Saxophones

The saxophone is a versatile and distinctive musical instrument that was invented by                                                        Adolphe Sax, a Belgian instrument maker in the 1840s. Sax was looking to create                                                        an instrument that would bridge the gap between the brass and woodwind families.                                                        He patented the saxophone in 1846 and showcased it at various exhibitions and                                                          concerts to gain recognition.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the saxophone found its way into various musical genres. It became particularly popular in jazz, big band, and dance music. Jazz pioneers such as Charley Parker and Coleman Hawkins played the saxophone, contributing to its association with the genre. The instrument's expressive capabilities and ability to play melodies, harmonies, and solos made it a favourite among jazz musicians. The saxophone also gained recognition in the classical music world. Composers such as Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, and Igor Stravinsky included the saxophone in their compositions, it also found a place in orchestras and chamber ensembles, expanding its repertoire beyond jazz and popular music.

Throughout its history, the saxophone has captivated audiences with its expressive and soulful sound. It remains an essential instrument in the world of music, continuing to inspire musicians and listeners alike.

A saxophone service typically involves a thorough inspection, cleaning, and maintenance of the instrument to ensure it is in optimal playing condition. Here are some common tasks that may be performed during a saxophone service:

1.      Inspection: The saxophone is carefully examined for any visible damage, such as bent keys, loose or misaligned parts, or signs of wear.

2.      Disassembly: The saxophone is disassembled into its individual components, and some keys are removed. This allows for better access during the cleaning and adjustment processes.

3.      Cleaning: Each component of the saxophone is cleaned using specialized cleaning agents and tools. This includes sterilising the bore, removing dirt, dust, and as much accumulated residue from the gooseneck, body, keys, and tone holes as possible.

4.      Polishing: Saxophones typically have a lacquered finish over a brass body. A lacquer polish is used with specialised tools to bring back the sheen to the lacquered finish where possible. Please note: tarnished sections will be the result of lacquer being removed from the instrument, either caused by age or saliva/ sweat. Lacquer polish will not remove tarnish.

5.      Key Adjustment: The keys are inspected and adjusted to ensure proper alignment and responsiveness. This involves checking for loose or misaligned keys to ensure smooth and accurate key action.

6.      Pad & Cork Inspection and Replacement: The condition of the flute's pads and corks are assessed, and worn or damaged pads & corks may be replaced. Pads may also be heat treated to minimise air leaks (if required). A standard service will include the replacement of up to 4 pads, 4 key corks at no extra charge. Goose neck corks are not included, and will be quoted on prior to servicing.

7.      Spring Adjustment: The saxophone's springs, which provide tension to the keys, may be adjusted to ensure proper key height and response. This adjustment helps achieve an even and consistent feel across all the keys.

8.      Lubrication: Appropriate lubricants are applied to the necessary parts, such as pivot points and rods, to ensure smooth key movement and prevent excessive wear.

9.      Assembly and Final Play Test: After all the necessary adjustments and maintenance tasks are completed, the saxophone is reassembled. A final play test is conducted to ensure that the flute is in optimal playing condition, with good intonation, response, and tonal quality.

The price of a standard service is $190.00. This price is the same for Alto, Tenor and Baritone saxophones

It doe not include: Dent removal, Straightening damaged or bent components, Full repad/overhaul- all of these services will need to be quoted on by the technician.

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