The Sax Player painting
The Sax Player, painting by Will Richwood
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Sax Repair Services

silver plated tenor before being repaired at Woodwind Shopsilver plated tenor after being repaired at the WoodWind Shop

                                         1964 Mark VI Silver Plated Tenor, before and after

SAXOPHONES:

Unfortunately saxes are a high maintenance instrument repairing saxophones at the WoodWind Shop. They’ll go out of adjustment when played, and they’ll go out of adjustment when stored.  They’ll go out of adjustment because of changes in temperature, and they’ll go out of adjustment from changes in humidity.  On the other hand, saxes will play quite well with an amazing number of leaks!  While it’s very easy to make a big leak small, it’s very difficult to make a small leak go away completely.  So the first thing a player has to decide is if they want to spend the money necessary to get a 100% perfect job, which almost always requires replacing the pads, or if they are satisfied with a horn that plays quite well with a few small leaks.

Adjust as needed...often done while you wait.

Clean, oil and adjust:  The instrument is taken apart and cleaned.  All of the pivot points on the keys are cleaned, as well as all of the pivot rods.  Pads & key corks replaced as needed (neck cork additional).  Fit neck tenon.

Depending on how many pads need to be replaced, cost ranges from around $250 for a student model alto or tenor up to $500-$600 for a pro model that needs extensive pad work.  Per estimate for baritone and bass. 

Complete overhaul: All of the same steps as in a clean, oil and adjust, plus all pads, key corks, and neck cork are replaced.  Dents removed, lacquer body cleaned and polished with auto wax.  Plated instruments additional cost, replace springs additional cost.  Fit neck tenon.

Student model alto or tenor: $525
Pro model alto or tenor, all sopranos: $900
Student baritone: $650
Pro baritone: $1100
Replace all springs: Sop, Alto, Tenor $125
Baritone $175
Light polish gold/silver plate: Sop $50
Alto, Tenor $75
Baritone $100
High polish gold/silver plate: Sop $100
Alto, Tenor $150
Baritone $200
General costs:
$60/hr
$20-$30 per pad
$20 neck cork