Barely a Baritone Saxophone

Improper joining of U-tube to body. Plumbers tape!?

Foreign object melted into a solder joint. Nerf darts impede airflow.

Bell removed to correct for plumbers tape seal.

Leak checks are easier on a bari with the bell removed.

Recently I was contacted to look over a baritone saxophone that had spent repeated trips to another repair shop in town. The instrument played poorly, and its’ intonation was off by a quarter step.  The first thing I found was that in re-securing both the U-tube and the bell section, plumbers tape was used. Selmers come from the factory with a glue seal overlaid with a heavy clamp. The plumbers tape leaked, and both joints were loose, allowing the two sections to flex.  Thinking that I had the problem diagnosed, I took the upper U-tube to the sink to wash out. Normally lots of muck deposits itself in the bottom of the tube. Imagine my surprise when I ran a brush thru it and out came a Nerf dart. A previous tech had resoldered the main brace on the pipe, and melted the dart into the metal. Te body tube had suffered severe damage, which i presume is why all the joints were taken apart.  The body tube had some dent work done, but all the keys in the upper stack had play in them – some as much as 1/16″.  Swedged the keys, replaced a few pads, properly assembled the horn and enjoyed conducting an extensive playtest.


~ by inhorn on November 17, 2010.

One Response to “Barely a Baritone Saxophone”

  1. I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry. I’m probably going with the laugh.

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