Repair, Saxophones, Vintage Saxophone

Selmer Radio Improved Alto

This alto saxophone belongs to Benn Clatworthy and is in for an overhaul and polish. Note: I never use buffing wheels on saxophones so as to preserved the integrity of the tone holes and engraving.

Here are some photos after disassembly. Note the half-round cork in his D tone hole. 

The purpose of the half-round cork as seen above is to tune the middle E.

Putting cork across the top of the tone hole produces a different effect than altering the size of the tone hole. The cork causes the middle E to be lowered approximately 20 cents before the low E is affected by the change in venting. This helps keep the middle register of this horn in tune, as a sharp middle E is a problem that plagues many older model saxophones.

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