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Saxophone Repair Basics Class


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In this short 2 week Saxophone Basics 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!

Based on four years on Zoom classroom teaching, feedback and surveys, we have refined our approach to learning instrument repair – We now utilize a work and your own pace style of learning. Leveraging the power of Canvas LMS to provide learning at a pace everyone can achieve, allowing our students to watch the video and written content and attend  Private Lessons, Live Classes ( for level 1 and 2) and Work-Alongs as scheduled on the Canvas calendar throughout the course intake.

Basics class includes: 1 Private Lesson, 1 Work-Along.

  • Your private lesson will be held on Zoom. The goal of the private lesson is to help inspire you to want to learn more after watching the videos in the modules section.
  • Work-Along time – Allows you to drop in and work at the same time as our master technicians and chat
  • Enrolling in the course is EASY as our enrollments are open for sign up anytime.
  • For the course you will need supplies you will purchase locally as well as the 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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