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Q & A
CyberSax receives numerous questions every
day which we faithfully try to answer for our many friends and fellow saxophiles.
As you can imagine, some topics come up repeatedly, and others are quite
thought provoking. This is not intended to be a FAQ section where boiler
plate information resides that is intended to keep the number of
emails we receive to a minimum. Quite the contrary, we love to talk sax,
so we hope the discussion of these topics will provoke thought and stimulate
our visitors -- and we also hope the collection of topics will become a
source of information for all our saxy friends, regardless of your skill
level or degree of involvement with saxophelia. One final point:
the subject of vintage and pro saxophones is virtually inexhaustible. We
do not claim to be either omnipotent or for that matter, always right.
We welcome your thoughts on expanding the comments you find here, or even
your dissenting opinions. Just keep in mind that ladies and gentlemen may
disagree, but are never disagreeable ....
Read details of a silver plated Buescher
400 'Top Hat' restoration, including techniques to restore snap assemblies
for Snap-On Pads, reclaiming Norton screw-in springs, recutting the intricate
Top Hat engraving pattern, touching up worn plating, replenishing gold
bell washes, and more ....
Washes, Silver & Gold Plated Saxophone Maintenance
CyberSax makes a specialty of restoring
fine gold & silver plated vintage saxophones. Part of the process often
involves restoring a faded or abused inner bell wash. Here we display types
of bell washes, explain how they are achieved, then discuss the easy ways
to assure your restored plated saxophone remains tarnish free indefinitely.
Please feel free to consult with us on the care & restoration of your
own fine gold or silver plated vintage saxophones, or to inquire about
our polishing, restoration or bell wash replenishing services. We're neither
cheap nor fast -- just very good at what we do ....
It's a fact of life that even the most pampered
saxophones develop leaks. By allowing air to escape at unintended spots
along the body tube, leaks silently degrade your horn's performance, affecting
tone, response & intonation. The most effective method to locate leaks
is to place a light source inside your sax, then carefully look for light
escaping around the pad/tone hole interface. With a leak light players
can routinely check their saxes out & learn to make some minor adjustments
to keep them in top shape between visits to the Tech. Here are some thoughts
on obtaining a leak light for your own use. More on those adjustments in
a future topic . . .
a Saxophone For Shipment
CyberSax ships & receives saxes virtually
every day. Saxophones packed according to our guidelines routinely arrive
without damage. The steps require only easily obtained, inexpensive materials
and a moderate degree of care.
Tone holes are arguably the single most
critical element in saxophone design. Their size & placement are the
major determinant of pitch, and they are highly influential on tonal characteristics.
The lip or edge of the tone hole, of course, makes contact with the pad
to form a seal. Thus the tone hole lip design influences a saxophone's
potential to leak and, indirectly, it's pad life.
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