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OVERHAUL  OPTIONS

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Effective May 1, 2005, these are the only overhaul packages that I will offer.  Our refinishing is the best in the world.  All plated finishes are clear coated for ease of maintenance and durability. Instruments are carefully polished and NOT excessively buffed. Expert dent removal is done, and the keywork is swedged tight. Tone holes are hand leveled using diamond faced tools. Original engraving is re-cut by hand, and additional engraving may be added at extra cost. Be sure to read the Overhaul FAQ, and feel free to contact me with your questions.

 

HERE’S WHY OUR OVERHAULS ARE DIFFERENT FROM WHAT YOU CAN GET AT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC STORE OR TECHNICIAN!

We do things VERY differently! We have equipment that your local store or technician does not have. n addition to our overhaul and restoration business, we also design saxophones and fabricate the necessary custom parts right here in our own shop. If you will take a moment to visit the websites and catalogs of many of the major manufacturers of repair tools and supplies, you’ll find many products which were designed and developed right here in our shop. We also have the world’s LARGEST inventory of vintage saxophone parts that we reserve for our overhaul customers. We maintain an inventory of keys, necks, and body parts that have not been made for years. Many of the repair supplies used in our overhauls are made specifically for us and are available nowhere else. Since 1972, we have confined our work to strictly vintage and professional grade instruments, and have experience that your local technician lacks. We pay attention to the small details, and have the requisite playing expertise to be able to tell if your horn plays its best. We believe very strongly that if the technician does not possess superior playing skills, the technician will never be able to tell if the horn is “right”.

 

HERE ARE SOME UNIQUE REPAIR OPTIONS THAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU. THESE OPTIONS ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT OTHER SHOPS!

 

NEVER STICK G# KEY:    By modifying the existing mechanism and adding an additional spring, your G# pad will NEVER stick! $100

 

EXTRA ARMS FOR LARGE KEYS:  Adding additional arms to the larger key cups prevents them from flexing in a horizontal plane and prevents leaks. $100 per key

 

F# HELPER BAR:   Makes sure the F# pad stays closed when the lower stack keys are pressed. $75

 

HIGH NOTE COMPENSATOR:   brings the notoriously sharp C#3 and palm keys into perfect pitch automatically. $250

 

HIGH C SPEAKER KEY:   brings the C2 and alternate C2 into perfect tune and timbre. $350

ROLLER Bis KEY:   makes the Bis fingering a real option and easy to use! $200

 

There are many, many more options. These pictures should give you some idea of what is possible. Your imagination and your budget are the only limits. At our shop, we do what others can’t or won’t do!

 

 

THE BASIC OVERHAUL

All pads replaced with Saxgourmet brand kangaroo leather pads. Key corks and felts replaced, springs replaced with blued steel needle springs and phosphor bronze flat springs. Body is chemically cleaned and all keywork is swedged tight. Minor dentwork is included. Intonation is adjusted and the mechanism is permanently lubricated. Tone holes are leveled with diamond files. Resonator choices: Solid Brass Noyeks; Selmer type nylon domes; nickel plated seamless domes; Selmer Super 80 style domes, Ferree Conicals; Nickel plated brass discs. For Buescher saxophones with snap in pads, add $100. For Conn Reso-Pads, add $100.

 

Alto                                   $850

Tenor                               $900

Baritone                         $1200

 

 THE GOLD DOUBLE EAGLE

18 Kt gold plating of the body and keywork; extra firm black Saxgourmet brand kangaroo leather pads; gold plated solid brass (not aluminum!!) Noyek resonators;  Kraus stainless steel springs; black extra firm key felts and bumpers; Tech-Cork silencers and key feet; Never-Stick G# mechanism (modern mechanism horns only); F# helper bar; black highlighting of re-cut engraving; Teflon on key cradles, spring cradles, and sliding mechanisms; G rod support cradle (tenor and baritone only); Mk VI style thumb rest installed as appropriate; Sorbothane bumpers on the lower stack to eliminate key flutter; the neck tenon is hand lapped to ensure perfect even contact; Saxgourmet brand Power Pips are installed to quicken response; neck taper is modified to facilitate intonation as needed; rods and key tube interiors are polished and permanently lubricated with Teflon bearing Saxgourmet brand key oil; epoxy key risers are added to the palm keys, low C; low B flat, and side keys as appropriate and as requested; Grainless cork pads are installed in both octave keys; neck opening is enlarged for quicker response and a Saxgourmet brand Power Ring is installed when appropriate; permanent Tech-Cork neck cork installed and permanently lubricated; jewels added to lower key adjusters where appropriate;

 

OPTIONS AVAILABLE: Bare Brass Saxgourmet “Moonrider” neck  (where appropriate); full cryogenic treatment; additional engraving on keys, body tube, bow, and neck; Saxgourmet brand ATA flight case (built to my specification by Anvil Cases); seamless Piosoni metal domed resonators; Mk VI style plastic domed resonators;  Ferree conical resonators; Super 80 style  metal resonators; solid brass flat resonators;  Schmidt synthetic pads in palm keys, G#, and E flat keys; satin finish plating; ‘Roo brand kangaroo leather pads.

 

Sopranino                               $ 1550

Straight Soprano                   $ 1550

Curved Soprano                     $ 1750

Alto                                         $ 1775

C Melody                                $ 1875

Tenor                                      $ 2340

Baritone                                 $ 3975

Bass                                        $ 4650

 

 

THE LIBERTY SILVER DOLLAR

Bright silver plating; gold plated bell interior; extra firm black Saxgourmet brand kangaroo leather pads; gold plated solid brass (not aluminum!!) Noyek resonators;  Kraus stainless steel springs; black extra firm key felts and bumpers; Tech-Cork silencers and key feet; Never-Stick G# mechanism (modern mechanism horns only); F# helper bar; black highlighting of re-cut engraving; Teflon on key cradles, spring cradles, and sliding mechanisms; Mk VI style thumb rest installed as appropriate; the neck tenon is hand lapped to ensure perfect even contact; Saxgourmet brand Power Pips are installed to quicken response; ; rods and key tube interiors are polished and permanently lubricated with Teflon bearing Saxgourmet brand key oil; epoxy key risers are added to the palm keys, low C; low B flat, and side keys as appropriate and as requested; Grainless cork pads are installed in both octave keys ; permanent Tech-Cork neck cork installed and permanently lubricated; jewels added to lower key adjusters where appropriate.

 

OPTIONS AVAILABLE: Bare Brass Saxgourmet “Moonrider” neck (where appropriate); full cryogenic treatment; gold plated keywork; additional engraving on keys, body tube, bow, and neck; Saxgourmet brand ATA flight case (built to my specification by Anvil Cases); seamless Piosoni metal domed resonators; Mk VI style plastic domed resonators;  Ferree conical resonators; Super 80 style  metal resonators; solid brass flat resonators;  Schmidt synthetic pads in palm keys, G#, and E flat keys; satin finish plating; ‘Roo brand kangaroo leather pads.

 

Sopranino                               $ 1365

Straight Soprano                   $ 1365

Curved Soprano                     $ 1565

Alto                                         $ 1500

C Melody                                $ 1650

Tenor                                      $ 1900

Baritone                                 $ 2650

Bass                                        $ 3500

 

 

THE NINJA  STEALTH

Black anodized nickel; extra firm black Saxgourmet brand kangaroo leather pads; gold plated solid brass (not aluminum!!) Noyek resonators; Kraus stainless steel springs; black extra firm key felts and bumpers; black synthetic key bumpers; engraving cut through plating to display brass; Never-Stick G# mechanism (modern mechanism horns only); F# helper bar;  black pigskin on key cradles, spring cradles; Mk VI style thumb rest installed as appropriate; the neck tenon is hand lapped to ensure perfect even contact; Saxgourmet brand Power Pips are installed to quicken response; rods and key tube interiors are polished and permanently lubricated with Teflon bearing Saxgourmet brand key oil; Grainless cork pads are installed in both octave keys ; permanent Tech-Cork neck cork installed and permanently lubricated; jewels added to lower key adjusters where appropriate.

 

OPTIONS AVAILABLE: Bare Brass Saxgourmet “Moonrider” neck(where appropriate); full cryogenic treatment; gold plated or silver plated keywork; additional engraving on keys, body tube, bow, and neck; Saxgourmet brand ATA flight case (built to my specification by Anvil Cases); seamless Piosoni metal domed resonators; Mk VI style plastic domed resonators;  Ferree conical resonators; Super 80 style  metal resonators; solid brass flat resonators;  Schmidt synthetic pads in palm keys, G#, and E flat keys; ‘Roo brand kangaroo leather pads.

 

Sopranino                               $ 1650

Straight Soprano                   $ 1650

Curved Soprano                     $ 1850

Alto                                         $ 1950

C Melody                                $ 2100

Tenor                                      $ 2200

Baritone                                 $ 4075

Bass                                        $ 5250

 

 

THE  BOURBON  STREET  STRIPPER

Lacquer chemically removed, body is brought to a dull sheen through hand polishing and a clear coat is applied; extra firm black Saxgourmet brand kangaroo leather pads; gold plated solid brass (not aluminum!!) Noyek resonators; Kraus stainless steel springs; black extra firm key felts and bumpers; black highlighting of re-cut engraving; Tech-Cork bumpers;; Never-Stick G# mechanism (modern mechanism horns only); F# helper bar; black highlighting of re-cut engraving; Teflon on key cradles, spring cradles, and sliding mechanisms; ; the neck tenon is hand lapped to ensure perfect even contact; Saxgourmet brand Power Pips are installed to quicken response; neck taper is modified to facilitate intonation as needed; rods and key tube interiors are polished and permanently lubricated with Teflon bearing Saxgourmet brand key oil; epoxy key risers are added to the palm keys, low C; low B flat, and side keys as appropriate and as requested; Grainless cork pads are installed in both octave keys; neck opening is enlarged for quicker response and a Saxgourmet brand Power Ring is installed when appropriate; permanent Tech-Cork neck cork installed and permanently lubricated; jewels added to lower key adjusters where appropriate;

 

OPTIONS AVAILABLE: Bare Brass Saxgourmet “Moonrider” neck (where appropriate); full cryogenic treatment; additional engraving on keys, body tube, bow, and neck; Saxgourmet brand ATA flight case (built to my specification by Anvil Cases); seamless Piosoni metal domed resonators; Mk VI style plastic domed resonators;  Ferree conical resonators; Super 80 style  metal resonators; solid brass flat resonators;  Schmidt synthetic pads in palm keys, G#, and E flat keys; ‘Roo brand kangaroo leather pads.

 

Sopranino                               $ 1230

Straight Soprano                   $ 1230

Curved Soprano                     $ 1530

Alto                                         $ 1675

C Melody                                $ 1750

Tenor                                      $ 1830

Baritone                                 $ 2375

Bass                                        $ 3550

 

SHE’S  A  RAINBOW

We can lacquer your horn virtually any color or combination of colors, your imagination and budget being the only limitations. Transparent tinted lacquers in any hue are available, as are mirrored and “switchback” finishes. Of course, original lacquer colors for your instrument are available as well as original color key felts and original style bumpers and key feet. You may combine any of the overhaul features listed above that are appropriate for your instrument. There is, of course, a wide variation in pricing dependent on the finish selected. 

 

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