2114 Cherokee St. | St. Louis, MO 63118 | 314-664-1234 | info@saxquest.com

Saxophone Repair

Saxquest specializes in mechanical overhauls, and total instrument restorations as well as personalized setups and custom key work. Our focus has always been on YOU as a player. Our shop philosophy is to approach each repair as a partnership with you. In that spirit, if you have a pad or resonator preference that you'd like us to use, we're happy to oblige. Otherwise, we have a wealth of experience with what works best for different scenarios and we're happy to make suggestions for you.

Minor Repairs are billed at a rate of $50/hr shop rate


Professional Model Saxophone

price for dent work and parts not included

New or Recently Repadded Saxophone SET UP

Soprano/Alto/Tenor sax: $250 - Bari sax: $350 (average 5-6 hours)
Instrument completely disassembled, keys and body carefully cleaned with mild detergent Tone holes and pad cups checked and leveled where necessary
Precise key-fitting accomplished during reassembly Factory installed key corks, felts, synthetics replaced where needed to facilitate a positive feel
Factory pad Installation checked and additional shellac added where needed Each pad adjusted for a perfect seal from front to back and side to side with the lightest touch
Spring tensions evened out and adjusted to players personal preference Key heights adjusted for optimal intonation and response
Instrument allowed to settle, play tested and readjusted where necessary
1 Year Warranty

Mechanical Overhaul for Professional Model Saxophones

Sopranino sax: $895 - Soprano/Alto/Tenor/C-melody sax: $750 - Bari sax: $895 - Bass: $1200-$1500
Instrument completely disassembled, keys and body carefully cleaned with mild detergent Tone holes and pad cups checked on jeweler's anvil for flatness and leveled where necessary
Body tube checked for proper alignment Minor dent work addressed
Posts checked for proper solder welds and for precise alignment Hinge tubes and rods checked for precise alignment
All keys swedged to eliminate any lateral play All new key corks, synthetics, felts, and neck cork installed
Each pad adjusted for a perfect seal from front to back and side to side with the lightest touch All new pads installed with shellac using customer's preference of pad and resonator type (prices of pads and resos vary)
Cork and felt work meticulously adjusted to remove any lost motion in the keywork Key Heights regulated to optimized for intonation, response and feel
Springs replaced with Blue Needle Springs where needed (extra charge) Spring tensions set to customer's preference with an even feel
Optimize the fit of the neck tenon to the receiver Oil and grease rods and screws
Mouthpiece cleaned and checked for damage, if desired Neck-pipe cleaned and checked for damage
Case cleaned and checked for instrument safety Instrument allowed to settle, play tested and readjusted where necessary
1 Year Warranty

Complete Mechanical Restoration/Rebuild for Professional Saxophones

All instrument types: by quote only A complete rebuild may required for saxophones that have been neglected, suffered fire damage, suffered water damage, severely dented, missing keys or are otherwise compromised for one reason or another. These instruments can only be evaluated on an individual basis. Work required may involve making or installing new hinge rods, posts, keys, rollers, rods, tone holes, vent tubes, pearls etc... This work is all done in house and our repair experts will work with you to determine if such work is practical depending on your particular situation. Each Technician on an Individual Basis will quote Professional Custom Shop Repairs

Student Model Saxophones

price for dent work and parts not included

PC (Playing Condition) for Student Model Saxophones

Soprano/Alto Saxophone/Tenor/Bari: billed at $50/hr (average 1.5-5 hours)
Pads adjusted by floating and/or replaced where needed using shellac and all pad leaks removed Loose screws and rods tightened and/or replaced where needed
Worn or missing key corks, felts, and bumpers replaced (including neck cork) Body tube checked for proper alignment
Posts checked for proper solder welds and for proper alignment Hinge tubes and rods checked for proper alignment
Grime and/or corrosion removed from hinge tubes, hinge rods, and pivot screws Key mechanisms regulated and lost motion addressed
Spring tensions adjusted and springs replaced where needed Oil and grease rods and screws
Mouthpiece cleaned and checked for damage Neck-pipe checked for damage and cleaned
Case cleaned and checked for instrument safety Instrument given a final play test
30 Day Warranty

Mechanical Overhaul for Student Model Saxophones

Soprano/Alto/Tenor Saxophone: $550 - Bari Saxophone: $695
Includes everything in a student PC, plus:
Tone holes checked and leveled where necessary Keys swedged to eliminate all lateral play
All new Ferree's B-52 pads installed using shellac with choice of brown plastic or bulk metal resonators All new key corks, synthetics, felts, and neck cork installed
Instrument properly adjusted to remove any lost motion in the keywork Key Heights and spring tensions regulated to optimize for intonation, response and feel
The instrument receives a final play test and is checked for tuning as well as efficiency of tone production
6 Month Warranty

Individual Services for Saxophone:

Neckcork (with P/C) $15.00 Neckcork (without P/C) $25.00
Pads $10.00-$25.00 each depending on size and type Re-round neck tenon $25.00
Solder keys (soft) $15.00 (w/spot lacquer add $10.00) Solder keys (silver) $25.00
Replace water key cork (bari) $6.00 Replace water key spring (bari) $8.00
Replace blue needle springs $9.00 each Straighten key guard $10.00 minimum repair
Tone hole repair $10.00 minimum repair Solder & adjust octave key $25.00 minimum charge
Neck pickup removal w/ flush plug $75.00 Neck Expansion/Contraction $35.00 minimum charge
By Quote Only:
Align bent body or bell Case repair Clean sticky pads and toneholes Cut out stuck hinge rods or stuck rollers
Damaged or worn tone holes Dent Removal Engraving Free binding keys
Key buffing Key fitting Refinishing Regulate
Remove stuck swab Replace rollers Straighten bent hinge rods Straighten bent keys
Request a quote and/or time frame for saxophone work.