Mark VI Silver Plated Tenor, before and after
saxes are a high maintenance instrument .
They’ll go out of
adjustment when played, and they’ll go out of
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.
needed...often done while you wait.
Clean, oil and
adjust: The instrument is taken apart and
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.
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
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:
|Pro model alto or tenor, all
|Replace all springs:
||Sop, Alto, Tenor $125
|Light polish gold/silver plate:
||Alto, Tenor $75
|High polish gold/silver plate:
||Alto, Tenor $150
$20-$30 per pad
$20 neck cork