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Saxophone 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 ….




Buescher Restoration Issues
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 ….




Bell 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 ….




Saxophone Leak Lights
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 . . .




Packing 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
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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