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remove old shellac

while still hot, spray in pad cup just a little citrus strip paint remover and stir in cup, this dissolves the glue!! just wi…

8 years ago
by kneejerk52 (397 posts)


I have been looking at my Yamaha YAS 475 and have been thinking of what I could do to make it "just mine". I was thinking abo…

8 years ago
by kelsey (784 posts)

obtaining replacement parts

Anyone know of another site for sax pads, tools parts, etc? I find's cut-rate web site very hard to use and pr…

8 years ago
by johnsonfromwisconsin (767 posts)

Have you guys done this before?

I've recently purchase a vintage Conn Chu-Berry & got a huge & dark barking sound that more than I expect . But I've found a…

8 years ago
by wenhene (12 posts)

Thats Odd....

Something is wrong with my sax... I can't hit the low notes (C-Bb) as smooth as I used to... if I do try to play them, a funn…

8 years ago
by saxjunkie89 (393 posts)

Making a Leak Light?

Can anyone tell me how to make my own leak light? Cheers,

8 years ago
by selmer 4evr (309 posts)

Big B Bari intonation

I've got a Big B Bari from 1955 that has certainly paid her dues, but has this sound that I've totally fallen in love with. T…

8 years ago
by Kounstantinou (6 posts)

Resonators: Plastic vs. Metal

What are your opinions on plastic vs. metal, and which brands do you prefer?

8 years ago
by kelsey (784 posts)

Clamps.....Do they work?

Anybody with an opinion welcome; do clamps really work or do they just shorten your pads life?

8 years ago
by Sax Mom (964 posts)

Looking for Good Sax setup in S. Florida (Near Boca Raton)

Just bought a Bueshler C Soprano Stencil, and was wondering if anyone wanted to do a pro job on a setup (dissasemble, repad p…

8 years ago
by Zemper (7 posts)

repair schools

I'm wondering what schools people go to in order to learn how to repair instruments. I'm looking into the carrier as a side j…

8 years ago
by Sax_Shark (134 posts)

Help... i'm not sure what's wrong with my sax

I've had this Yamaha intermediate YTS475 for about two months, and at first worked great, but I have to force out the notes m…

8 years ago
by Kyu (5 posts)

Alto sax minor repairs- G key

The G key on my alto, a brand new Yamaha Custom EX, is sticking up a tad too much. How should I go about fixing it?

8 years ago
by KCHORNS_REPAIR (11 posts)

Alto G Key Pearl

On my Alto the G Key pearl(fake) inset is lost and I am looking for someone where I can get a replacement. Any help would be…

8 years ago
by KCHORNS_REPAIR (11 posts)

Sticky G# key

Yesterday I rented a Keilsworth Soprano sax, and i'm attempting to relearn after a 12 year hiatus. I'm finding that the G# ke…

8 years ago
by KCHORNS_REPAIR (11 posts)


i have a yts-52 and i lost the f key pearl (right hand first finger) and the b flat bis-key. I believe they are real pearls.…

8 years ago
by MarkLavelle (300 posts)

Plastic mouthpiece problems

At home, i use a great yamaha yts-52 but I have to rent a school sax because i bike to school and obviously cant carry it. At…

8 years ago
by saxskillzyamaha (52 posts)

Cork torn on neck of 1920's Conn Tenor

Is this repairable or should I be looking for a replacement?

8 years ago
by connsaxman_jim (2336 posts)

Need Advice Quick!!!

First, I would like to know your thoughts on a standard overhaul. I'm talkin' new pads, springs, corks, bumpers, dent work, p…

8 years ago
by saxophonik (73 posts)

Brass protection

For an old unlacquered brass horn - once it is polished, how do I keep it from tarnishing again? Don't want to lacquer it, do…

8 years ago
by chiamac (586 posts)

Frustrated with sax and have no money for repairs

I have a 13-year old Yamaha YAS-23 that I received from my parents when I first started learning the sax. I have never had it…

8 years ago
by themanwhoiscool (3 posts)

Building A Key

I purchased an Orsi (Italy) tenor sax with the entire high E key nissing. That includes the top pivit post and all rods etc.…

8 years ago
by definition (963 posts)


i have a yamaha yts-52 with a lot a wear on the laqcuer about 70% original. Would relaqcuering be a good idea and what would…

8 years ago
by SaxMan (559 posts)

no neck

I just ordered a vintage Conn 12M from Woodwind Brasswind, and it arrived in the mail - inside the beat-up box and (original)…

8 years ago
by SaxMan (559 posts)

Funny noises

Let me begin by stating that I am a beginner. I have been taking lessons for just under a year and practice religously. Let m…

9 years ago
by saxtech (12 posts)
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