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In an ideal world, the saxophone would be responsive at the softest pianissimo levels and would not break up at at fortissimo; intonation problems could be easily adjusted; and the timbre of each note would be even. Of course, we know that this is not the case, but through cryogenic treatment, many of these deficiencies can be considerable improved.

The problem starts with the manufacturing process. As tone holes are drawn from the body, as the bell is shaped over a mandrel, and as posts are soldered, the natural lattice of atoms in brass is disrupted, causing internal friction. The natural structure of brass is such that the atoms line up in perfect rows that are densely stacked atop one another. During the manufacturing process, this alignment is disturbed as the atoms are dislocated. The metals ability to resonate is diminished so that only the strongest harmonics of each pitch are transmitted.

Cryogenic treatment removes residual and compressive stresses in the saxophone by allowing the brass to return to its optimum structure. The instrument is gradually cooled (over a period of 24 hours) to approximately -400 degrees F, and then allowed to return to normal temperature gradually (another 24 hours). The saxophone is NOT immersed in liquid nitrogen (this is a dry process) and no damage will occour to lacquered or plated finishes. There is occasionally some loosening of pads and corks.

Cryogenically treated saxophones are more responsive dynamically, have a more even scale, and have less "dead" notes. I have had my personal instruments treated, as well as those of a number of my customers. You will be amazed by the results. Please Email for prices, delivery time, and with your questions.


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