Expert Repairs on Vintage & Modern Alto, Tenor, Soprano & Bari  Saxophones by Saxman Repairs

*NOTE: All Prices Already Include 6.87% NJ Sales Tax!

I don't do complete "Re-pads"(just replacing all the pads)

It is a waste of time and effort, as for about $200 more the sax will be completely professionally overhauled! Much better for you and the sax!


Single Pad replacement & Misc. Sax Repairs


Replacing Single Pad...........................................  $20.00

Each pad after the first one.....................................$15.00 each

Additional pads add $15 per pad, 4 pad limit.

Key Straightening (Single key)................................$20.00

Eliminating Leaks ....................................................$25.00 to$40

Dent Elimination (if no dis-assembly required) .....$40.00

Re-solder post, guard (1 joint).................................$30.00

Replacing single foot cork ......................................$20.00

Replacing single spring .........................................$25.00

(with no disassembly required)

Replacing Felt (depending on work involved)....$20.00 to $45.00

Neck Re-Corking  .......................................................................$25.00

Neck Fitting with cleaning, oiling, and minor adjustments.....$30.00

*Refinishing Sax: Strip old lacquer off, buff and polish, and re-lacquer brass saxophone (Refinishing) 

With Overhaul ..............................................$350.00 extra


*I only do the re-lacquering April 15 to Oct 5, as I do the buffing/polishing outdoors!

Refinishing a saxophone must be done with an overhaul, as it must be completely stripped down and new pads, new springs and new felts and cork material is installed.


Total cost for refinishing a sax is $350.00 with all keys replated with nickel, if needed, and does not include the overhaul.  The average professional overhaul is $500.00 So figure $850 total for the pro-overhaul and refinishing of the horn. 


"Strip, Polish, and Replate Nickel Plated Sax Keys" Service
(Restores keys to like new condition)...................$225.00



To ship, just pack the sax, neck and (mouthpiece if possible). Make sure it is well wrapped in bubble wrap and cannot move around in the shipping box. Make a cushion of foam peanuts or newspaper around the sax. See below for details! 

No need to include carrying case. After it is repaired, I will bill you, and after I get paid, I will ship sax professionally packed back to you. I will give you a call when you receive sax to make sure all is well.



* I use only the best quality natural cork available and  use synthetic cork

      where needed.

 


 

 Complete Sax Pro Overhaul : What is it?

  • Sax is completely disassembled and cleaned inside and out in an organically safe cleaner, rinsed and dried

  • Large and smaller dents that affect playability are ironed out
  • Sax body is checked for straightness and corrected if out of alignment
  • All corks and felt is removed and replaced with the highest quality natural cork and 100% wool felt using contact cement (considered the surest and best overall). Some feet get Tech Cork, as it compresses less and holds key adjustment the longest.
  • Tone holes are checked for flatness levelness and corrected if needed
  • Keys are checked for degree of levelness to tone hole, straightness and looseness and adjusted accordingly
  • All pads are replaced with only genuine high-quality kid leather, metal/plastic resonators (Prestini, Precision or Ferree's) pads using natural shellac
  • Pro saxophones can get kangaroo pads if desired(color optional) Black, White or Dark Brown/Tan Brown.  Note: Kangaroo leather isn't any better than high quality sheepskin leather, it is claimed it lasts longer(true)and won't stick. Wrong, any leather pad has the potential to stick. Also, Kangaroo pads are generally more porous than leather pads.
  • I try to stay with stainless steel or plastic domed resonators on pads, but customer can request different types
  • All springs are checked and either adjusted and or replaced with same type(Blue steel or Stainless) or Norton springs
  • Spring tension adjusted as per customer's preference if so desired
  • All key heights are checked and set for maximum free blowing quality tone
  • Neck cork is replaced and neck tenon is checked for leaks, any leaks found are eliminated
  • Sax is leak tested and any leaks eliminated
  • All hinge rods are lubricated with a special heavy weight oil
  • Sax is play tested and any final adjustments are given as needed


    Cost of Complete Overhaul: $500 for modern Professional saxes and $600 for vintage Professional saxes*

Student and intermediate are priced 10% lower!!

     *I consider any saxophone older than 50 years to be a vintage sax. Return shipping is just $25 to $35 to any of the 48 Continental States

Visa, Master Card, Am Express, Discover cards accepted

How To Ship Sax

Find Proper Shipping Materials

The Box: Please use a box. The best way to ship a saxophone is in a box that is slightly larger than the sax, about 3-4 inches on each side. We ship alto saxophones in a 30 x 14 x 12 box, and we ship tenor saxophones in a 36 x 16 x 14 box. You can make a box out of a large sheet of cardboard, and you can combine smaller boxes to make a larger box, if needed. Packing /shipping tape will be your best friend if you need to make a box.

 

Place it in a nice, new (preferably double-walled) box that is at least the following size:
Soprano: 32″x12″x12″
Alto: 32″x16″x12″
Tenor: 36″x16″x12″
Baritone: 48″x18″x16″
If you have trouble finding a box at UPS store or similar, then 
buy dishpak box from your local U-Haul store. It is double walled and will hold soprano, alto or tenor. For a baritone, get the U-Haul large wardrobe box. Because it is so large and sturdy, it is also ideal for shipping a horn without a case, should you be in the difficult situation of having to do that.



Packing Materials: You don’t need to go out and buy expensive packing peanuts or bubble wrap for the packing materials, but if you happen to have some, either one will work great. Newspaper is a great, affordable option for a packing material.

Packing / Shipping Tape: 1.7 Mil tape is good enough to use. You can buy a roll at any office supply store for just a few dollars. Beware of the dollar store tapes, as most are too thin and cheap.

Preparing the saxophone

Locate any loose items inside the saxophone case (saxophone neck, saxophone mouthpieces, mouthpiece ligature, etc), and wrap them either in bubble wrap or newspaper and tape the entire roll closed so nothing falls out. This can either be placed in the box with the saxophone or in the bell of the saxophone if there is not enough room.

If possible, wedge down the keys of the saxophone so that they are all closed. You can use wine corks or pieces of foam to wedge these shut. If you understand the mechanics of the saxophone, it should be easy for you to find the places where the cork should be inserted to keep the keys down. If you do not understand the mechanics of a saxophone, you will just use a little bit of extra packing material in the next step.

Wrap saxophone with bubble wrap and tape, place some packing material at bottom of box, place sax in middle of box and surround with packing material, and also on top of sax, so as to protect the saxophone all around, inside the box.