Saxophone Repair Basics Class



Purchase your supplies and you will be automatically enrolled in our FREE 2-week online ZOOM saxophone repair basics course taught by Saxophone Master Repair Technician, Duke-Smith Holley, owner of the Saxophone Shoppe in New Zealand and a graduate of our master repair technician program.

In this short course, you will learn how to disassemble and assemble the upper and lower stack of the saxophone, replace a saxophone neck cork, and proper care and maintenance including cleaning and lubrication techniques. Other techniques to be demonstrated include changing a saxophone pad, and replacing saxophone key corks, felts and bumpers. Hopefully you will even discover how much you like doing repair!

Our 2-week repair course will be held on: Saturday, July 29, August 5th 11AM-12:30PM Mountain time.

All classes will be recorded and be made available to you. Following the purchase of your supplies, we will send you details to register on Zoom for the course. Enrollment is limited and when we run out of starter kits this course will be closed for registration.

While the course is free you will need supplies that you need to purchase locally and supplies we will provide.

Items included in our Saxophone Repair Starter Kit:

(1) 5″ Flat-nose pliers for pulling rods/screws

  • (1) 2mm Westward slotted screwdriver (for saxophone rods)
  • (1) 3mm Wiha slotted screwdriver (for pivot screws)
(1) Spring hook
(1) Key oil
(1) Saxophone assembly board
(1) Sheet cork (1/16″)
(1) Natural sheet cork assortment (all 6 thicknesses)
(1) Steel ruler in millimeters
(5) Saxophone felt bumpers, 5/16″ x 3/6″, white
(5) Saxophone felt disks, 1/2″ x 1/16″, white
(5) Saxophone felt disks, 1/16″, red
(5) Saxophone felt bumpers, 1/4″, red
(5) Saxophone felt bumpers, 3/8″, red

From Home Depot or your local hardware store you will need to purchase:

Razor Blades – single edge blades
Q-Tips – 1 large package

DAP Weldwood Contact Cement- 1 container

Small soft paintbrush or toothbrush (bristles don’t matter) – flat bristled brush
Emery cloth  – 240 grit (for sanding neck corks)

More information about other supplies for techniques demonstrated will be provided in class.

Last but not least, you will need to come with your own instrument to work on! 


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