How to Repair a Saxophone

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When you don’t have the funds or time to bring your saxophone into a music technician, do-it-yourself repairs can help when you’re in a crunch. Although most of these suggestions are temporary fixes to your saxophone, you’ll most likely find them very useful for the time being.

Things You'll Need

  • Hot glue gun
  • Epoxy
  • Pot of boiling water
  • Blow dryer
  • Don't panic if a mother of pearl inlay has fallen off of your saxophone. You can temporarily bond it back to your saxophone. A hot glue gun will hold you over until you’re able to take your saxophone to a saxophone technician. If you have no intentions of visiting a technician, epoxy is a bonding agent that will hold the pad on for quite some time.

  • Expand your saxophone’s mouth piece if it is too loose for the neck cork by holding it over steam from a boiling pot of water. Similarly, if your neck cork is compressed, you can wet it and dry it with a blow dryer. The heat will expand your saxophone’s neck cork.

  • Delicately bend the part attached to the neck of your saxophone’s neck octave if it is opening when it shouldn’t to move it closer to the post.

Tips & Warnings

  • These saxophone repair solutions should only be used when you do not have access to a professional technician.
  • Exercise caution when applying heat to lacquer.

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