Hervé Mercey

Woodwind instruments

Repair and maintenance of saxophones [30 hours]

This course covers the basic repair and maintenance of saxophones. It is taught by professionals with several years’ experience.

Course contents:

  • Introduction to the tools used
  • Disassembling the instrument
  • Cleaning of the keys and body (lacquer, silver plating)
  • Maintenance of chimneys and pads
  • Repairing keys
  • Replacing neck cork
  • Replacing key cork (and an introduction to the glues used)
  • Replacing pads (and an introduction to the glues used)
  • Installing and adjusting pads
  • Reassembling the instrument
  • Repairing blocked pads
  • Repairing key levers
  • Repairing springs and adjusting spring speed
  • General repair

The course also covers:

  • Repairing hinges
  • Soldering with tin
  • Installing springs
  • Adjusting the mouthpiece

At the end of the course, the student is given a toolkit including all that is necessary for saxophone repair.

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