If your sax pads are moldy, leather hardened or water damaged, we recommend you replace the pads.
Soft gig bags and some sax cases may not work with this product. We make recommendations but you are responsible for your sax and assume any risk from use of this product.
Our custom product will fit the tone hole(s) and pad(s) of your unique sax.
Not for children under 3 years. Key Leaves will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from this product.
When a loved one dies there may be a sax left behind that you don't know what to do with. Here are tips for the best way to store a saxophone long term, suggestions if you don't want to keep the instrument, and things to consider before deciding.
Some vintage saxophones can sell for $10,000 or more! A sax may have real market value that should be considered when resolving an estate. Talk to family members about the horn to learn about its history and value. Ask a sax repair shop for an informal or formal written appraisal. This is often fast and simple. The shop may also have consignment options or have customers who may want to purchase the saxophone.
CLEAN & DRY
Sax manufacturers clamp all the keys closed temporarily to protect saxes from being knocked out of adjustment in rough transit between factory and retail store. But clamping a sax closed is a horrible idea for long term storage because pads have already been exposed to bacteria, yeast and fungus that encourage rot. The precious lacquer finish of the saxophone can also suffer if the pads are wrapped closed. I made this mistake years ago when storing my 1964 Selmer Mark VI alto sax for a couple years. Please learn from my mistake!
My Mistake: As was common practice among sax manufacturers of the time, I used cork wedges to close the bell keys and a soft ribbon to loop closed the other keys. I put the sax body in a plastic bag and closed it in the case. The sax was stored in Seattle where humidity change is intense and I suspect the friend I asked to store my sax did not store it at room temp as I requested. When I unwrapped my beloved vintage sax after two years of storage, the lacquer tore off everywhere the ribbon touched the body. I think enough moisture got repeatedly trapped against the ribbon and body tube so the ribbon absorbed it. Over time the lacquer adhered to the moist ribbon like a wax strip. A sax stored open and at room temperature is the very best way to go.
Stripes of lacquer damaged due to improper long-term storage of the saxophone
A safer approach would be to use the sax storage advice above.
Take the sax to the most reputable repair shop near you and have them appraise it. This is a fast and simple way to learn what the sax is worth. They may have consignment options or offer to buy it from you directly. If you want other opinions take it to other shops or ask a professional sax player you know for their opinion as reference.
Don't sell it on eBay, Craigslist or other sites like that unless you are a already confident selling on such platforms. It's easy to get taken advantage of if you aren't sure what you have and how to broker it safely.
If you learn that the saxophone is a quality professional instrument, offer it to a college student or university music program. If the sax is a working student model then contact the principal, band director or PTSA at your local school. Gifts like this can make a big difference in the life of a musician.
I hope this helps you and your family in a season of mourning. The loss of a loved one can be painful but preserving their saxophone is possible and often worth it.
Rulon & the Key Leaves Family