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First Neck Cork Repair Success

tommoh

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Just a quickie to say I've managed to do my very first neck cork repair and by Jove, I think it's worked! I followed the Stephen Howard Haynes Manual instructions to the letter and it plays just as well as before the cork disintegrated on me. So, cost of materials plus cost of book now minus about a fiver for a shop to do the cork...hmmm, I'll get back to you on the economics of that, but satisfaction of a job done well, and a new skill learned? Priceless.
 

DavidUK

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That was the first repair I ever did too. Very satisfying.

Now... read the rest of the book, find an old wreck, and keep going!

;)
 

Jeanette

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Just a quickie to say I've managed to do my very first neck cork repair and by Jove, I think it's worked! I followed the Stephen Howard Haynes Manual instructions to the letter and it plays just as well as before the cork disintegrated on me. So, cost of materials plus cost of book now minus about a fiver for a shop to do the cork...hmmm, I'll get back to you on the economics of that, but satisfaction of a job done well, and a new skill learned? Priceless.


Well done you :)

You can treat yourself to a new mouthpiece as reward for job well done ;)

Jx
 

jbtsax

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The standard size cork used my most techs for sax tenon corks and key feet is 1/16" which is 1.5875mm. Replacing a neck cork is not difficult. My mentor taught me to sand the cork with 1000 grit sandpaper after fitting to make it smooth and then melting paraffin wax onto the surface. Then a heated pad slick is used to "iron" the wax into the pores of the cork. The first time a mouthpiece is inserted onto the cork a bit of cork grease is required. After that a properly fit and treated cork never needs cork grease again. My alto neck cork is going on 7 years without a drop of cork grease and it works as well as the day it was installed.
 

tommoh

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Yup, 1/16" cork is what I used, with Bostik Impact Adhesive. Paraffin wax and a pad slick I sadly don't have to hand, but a bit of cork grease did the trick. As for mouthpieces, I'm on the 'scaling down' part of the cycle now. Most I have owned at any one time is 8, but down now to 5.
 
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Our 1/16" cork that was 1.6mm is now 1.5 and that makes it a touch too thin for most neck corks. So now we're having to use 2mm and do a lot of sanding. Pain in the a%$@
 

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