We do tune-ups and repairs for pros only. Whether it’s a last minute check before your gig at Bimhuis or a thorough revision to find the sound your instrument has lost somewhere touring the world, saxual healing can be found right here. Amsterdam Winds knows what demanding musicians need, giving your instrument the care and attention it deserves. Satisfaction guaranteed.
When revising a saxophone, we carefully dissect the patient in a way the merest blemish will show up. Fully apart, we remove possible dents in the body, bell or neck. Not just for beauty reasons, a dent can have a huge negative impact on the sound and on how the instrument responds.
After that, the neck, body, and keys get polished to remove obstinate dirt. Giving back it’s sax appeal. Then all parts are washed thoroughly. Followed by re-padding of the keys. For professional instruments we use the highest quality pads with metal resonators. On spots where keys touch the body, cork is attached.
Before the instrument is reassembled, we always check if there is any play between the keys and the posts. Since a key moves in respect to the tone hole, it might not close properly. Play might cause a key to rattle whilst performing. Not exactly the kind op play you’d want. Once we’ve removed all play, we can start to re-build the instrument.
While putting the instrument back together we adjust the spring tension of the keys. Replacing malfunctioning springs makes that all keys will close precisely. The opening, i.e. the distance from the keys to the instrument, is adjusted as well. If the keys are too tight, the instrument will have a dull sound, keys that open too much will cause trouble tuning the instrument.
Finally, the saxophone is checked thoroughly. With a light we double-check if all keys in fact fit perfectly. The instrument is then played to see if all notes are right and to hear if the tuning is proper. Only when everything matches our exacting standards it will get our sign of approval.
Voila, your sax will now feel reborn.