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Saxophones Is it possible to change the plating of the keywork?

Gallen

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I just saw this horn and I absolutely love the contrast between the keywork and bell. Ok, so I have a thing for metal in a matte finish. Question: Is it possible to get an existing saxophone's keywork to look like that? Are they artisans that do this? Would changing the color of my keyguards allow me to improve my overtones? :w00t:

Thanks!

Alvin
 
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griff136

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I just saw this horn and I absolutely love the contrast between the keywork and bell. Ok, so I have a thing for metal in a matte finish. Question: Is it possible to get an existing saxophone's keywork to look like that? Are they artisans that do this? Would changing the color of my keyguards allow me to improve my overtones? :w00t:

Thanks!

Alvin

Hi Alvin anything is possible if you have the money. if your sax is lacquered you can have the lacquer removed and then the bare brass dipped in a formula which ages the brass to look vintage. The keys can then be plated to suit your taste - once youve done the metalwork then its all new corks, felts, and pads and refit the springs.

I can get it done for you your looking at around £400 for the body work, and then around £20 per key for plating and then aorund the £350 mark for the repad

You wouldnt get much change out of £1200 and I suppose the sax you put in the link is probably not much more than that.
 
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Gallen

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Hi Griff! That was a fast reply, thanks! :) I'm mainly curious, but would you be the person to speak to when my pads die and I want to do this to my student horn? :) Mainly interested in the keyword; I'm happy with my body's gold lacquered finish as it is.

Alvin
 

Gallen

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Hi Griff!
It's not something I want to do real soon, but I'd like to just get the keywork into that matte metal finish. Maybe when my pads die :)

Regards,
Alvin
 

Andante cantabile

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Gallen;42321Would changing the color of my keyguards allow me to improve my overtones? [/QUOTE said:
Definitely. Without a doubt. In another thread (I think it was on lacquering) milandro noted the view held by some that red cars go faster. The same principle would apply here.
 
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kevgermany

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Alvin,

You can buy a sax Martin HC (Comm I). I have a tenor, nearly no laquer at all left, in bare brass with solid nickelsilver keys. All is matte!! I just dust my horn. No polishing.

My Martin HC (Comm I) -38! I use the sax nearly every day! The seller told me: It's a killer!

http://s297.photobucket.com/albums/mm201/thomsax/?action=view&current=DSC_0045.jpg

Thomas

Much better way of doing it. The first way is just throwing money away. And if the keys aren't matte enough, get them bead blasted before repadding.
 

Gallen

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Good tips everyone! I am mainly curious if it's possible. No GAS at the moment, sadly, still sound quite crappy - gimme a few years with my SA5 and I'll look into buying a nice matte horn ;-)

Alvin
 
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