Saxophones Sax Engraving

Col9

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Hi all, Does anyone know of anywhere I could get some engraving done on my bari? It has a vast area of plain shiny metal that I would love some kind of art deco/geometric pattern on. It looks like I'll be keeping it for a while yet so its probably worth the investment, for me anyway. (I figured its a great way to spend some redundency money if it comes to that.)

Google doesn't really show up any helpfull links hence the question. Also what are the implications of engraving through laquer?

Col.
 

Phil Edwards

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Have you tried looking for jewellers or gunsmiths? Or craft fairs, there are some talented people out there.

I believe some saxes are engraved through the lacquer, so it's not generally a problem, but it must make it susceptible to the laquer lifting or chipping off at some point.

Phil
 

half diminished

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I did a quick 'google' and there are a couple of spe******ts in the US but didn't see any here in the UK. Not sure I'd give my beloved sax to a guy with a chisel whose used to engraving tankards!
 

Alley Cat

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Hi all, Does anyone know of anywhere I could get some engraving done on my bari?
Col.
Did you find anyone ? Did you have your bari engraved ?

A about year ago I tracked down this bloke who probably wouldn't cheap but he does seem highly experienced. In the end I decided to leave the sax as it is.

http://masterhandengraver.com/home_0.html

Hand engravers have their own forum if anyone wants to find an engraver nearer to where they live:

http://www.handengravingforum.com/
 

Pete Thomas

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That's interesting, he looks good.

A while back I found a very good gun engraving lady ( http://www.gunengraving.co.uk/ )who said that she couldn't do a largish saxophone as it needed specialist equipment to hold something as big as that. The item must be gripped very firmly and most gun engravers only have small vices.

She was very helpful though and asked around on the forums etc, but didn't come up with anything.

This guy might be good for saxes
 

Alley Cat

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That's interesting, he looks good.

his guy might be good for saxes
Although I decided not to go ahead it wasn't because of doubts about this bloke's abilities. I described what the job would involve and he seem quite confident he could achieve a satisfactory result. I think he said he was president of the hand engravers guild. I'm ashamed to say I'm a sucker for beautifully engraved saxophones.
 

singlereed

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If you contact Ian McLauchlan at Just Flutes in Croydon, he has someone he uses to engrave his flute headjoints when customers require it. He might be able to put you in touch with them.
 

Fraser Jarvis

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The only dedicated instument engravers i've come across are Jason Dumars and Sherry Huntley over in the states, both top notch engravers with a very different style, i think Jason has some vids on youtube.
 
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