Yamaha Z Alto Saxophone Light Test Fail

Lower Stack

Lower Stack

Upper Stack

Upper Stack

Rear View of Upper Stack

Rear View of Upper Stack

Bell Keys

Bell Keys

The most basic way to view leaks in a saxophone is with a leak light.  While gently pressing down the keys the spots where the light comes out shows the spots on the pad where air is escaping.  These pictures were taken in the dark without a flash to illustrate just how bad the leaks are.  Normally this much pad work comes along with some obvious dents or bowing of the body.  Strangely enough, this alto was purchased two years ago, and still looks great.  Other than the bell being pushed aside, there is no obvious banging around, and in fact the lacquer on the horn is barely scratched.

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~ by inhorn on September 9, 2009.

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