Regular preventive maintenance is recommended by all instrument manufacturers to achieve optimum playing condition. A poorly maintained instrument can only hamper your performance. Regular maintenance is often referred to as "annual servicing" or as "COA"(clean, oil and adjust). A qualified repair technician will keep your instrument in good operating condition (think of it as an oil & filter change for your car). Manufacturers' guidelines require service at this level once a year.
The problems we most often see with saxophones are:
Notes won't play or require a lot of air to play
The neck cork has gotten loose or fallen off
Keys are stuck or won't return to their rest positions
Keyguards are knocked off or bent.
Basic Clean, oil ,adjust C/O/A
Saxophones are checked for coverage and alignment. Tension and heights are checked. Saxophones checked for lost motion, oil, and noises. Replacement of necessary pads, corks, springs and felts.
Basic C/O/A Alto sax $99.00 Tenor sax $119.00
All pads and corks are replaced. Neck cork replaced. Tone holes checked for correct level. Springs changed where necessary. Sax is washed, oiled, reassembled. Keys swedged where necessary. Horn is adjusted and regulated. Pads seated and clamped to assure coverage. Neck tenon fitted.