The availability of information on how instruments actually work is very limited. With that in mind, Bill Singer has produced a series of lessons illustrating how to repair your own saxophone. This three-volume set is called Saxophone Repair Made Easy. The goal of the videos is to help the player, the music educator and the aspiring repair person gain a better understanding of the mechanics of the saxophone and its repair. Each lesson stands on its own and comes in handy for those on-the-road repairs. No expensive tools are required.
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“I found Saxophone Repair Made Easy to be a far-reaching set of videos, designed to aid every level of saxophone maintenance. Singer’s standpoint is very educational and his teaching style is concise and natural. In essence, he reflects a contagious enthusiasm. The results are truly rewarding.”
The Saxophone Journal
“I found your video Volume 1 so useful and of such great help, that I know I could not do without your Volumes 2 and 3. Thanks.”
John W. Doughten, Chadds Ford, PA
“This is a must for everyone, even if it only helps in better communication with a professional repair person.”
Saxophone Journalist, Tim Price
“I bought your excellent saxophone repair videos last year and have since done repads on almost two dozen horns. Thanks!”
Ray Buckner, Tampa FL
In this lesson, Bill Singer takes you through the process of finding the leaks in your horn and reveals simple methods of repairing them. Among other things, you will learn how to extend the life of a pad and methods of adjustment which will keep your horn in its top playing condition. Anyone can benefit from these repair techniques. No special skill is required. NOTE: In this video, Bill refers to a free leak light - regrettably, Vol. 1 no longer comes with a leak light. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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This tape shows you how to take apart the saxophone, revealing an essential method for doing this operation. Learn how to make and utilize simple tools, including screwdrivers and springhooks, customized for your own personal instrument.
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Volume 3 of this series reveals the overall key alignment on a saxophone. It also provides tips on glue types, corks and where to find good felt. Through the use of close-ups, this video will help you to visualize and identify the saxophone's fingering system as a series of mechanical combinations. Locating the points on the saxophone that cause keys to hit at the same time is critical to the instrument's response. Once these areas are identified, they can be examined and adjusted. By following the step-by-step instructions presented in Explaining Combinations, you can learn how to service your horn in order to optimize its performance.
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