INSTRUCTIONS - Reassembly of Alto Saxophone Palm Keys

Before You Start

Small parts—Not for Children under 6 yrs old. Buyer assumes all risk of use of this product.

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STEP 1    Find your storage box and tools

Locate your saxophone key storage box. If you do not remember the storage location:
1) Search your email for the words "box containing your saxophone keys" and you may find the original google forms email with the info you provided.
2) Email us asking for a reminder and we will use your email address to find the location info you provided at time of key removal and email you that info. Please allow 1-2 business days for response.

Included with Your original kit:

  • 1 small screwdriver
  • 1 medium screwdriver
  • Not included:

  • Clean table to work on
  • Paper towels or napkins
  • Printer access for the high note lesson provided free at the end of these instructions!
  • STEP 2    Prep your work space

    Alto saxophone laying on table with RULON palm key removal kit tone hold covers.

    2a. Lay your saxophone body on a clean table as shown. Notice the three tone hole covers highlighted here at the top of the sax body.

    2b. Open the storage box and lay it next to your sax.

    How to remove RULON saxophone palm key tone hole covers

    2c. Using your fingers, gently pull the 3 tone hole covers off the sax. These can be placed back inside the storage box.

    2d. Use a moist paper towel to clean any residue in and around the tone holes. Be sure to remove oil or dirt around the tone hole edges and surrounding surface.

    STEP 3    Locate key storage bags

    Storage Bags

    3a. Inside the storage box, find the High F palm key storage bag. It is the largest of the three palm key bags.

    3b. Carefully open the F Key storage bag and remove the key and screw rod. The screw rod should be stored inside the key hinge tube in the same direction you will reassemble the key onto the sax.

    Screwdrivers on an alto saxophone

    3c. Find a screwdriver that best fits the screw rod. Two screwdriver sizes were provided with the kit and look like this.

    STEP 4   Attach key to your saxophone

    How to replace alto saxophone screw rods for palm keys

    4a. Using the diagram on the key bag and the image above, find where the Palm F Key goes onto the saxophone between two posts.

    Alto saxophone high F palm key location

    4b. Place the key onto the sax key posts as shown and insert the screw rod through the posts.

    The wrong way to unscrew saxophone screws

    ⚠️  Caution! Never place your holding hand by the screwdriver tip.

    The correct way to hold a saxophone and screw in the screws with a screwdriver

    ⚠️  Put your hand away from the screwdriver tip so your hand cannot be hit if the screwdriver slips. Make music, not medical bills!

    F screw rod assembly
    How to tighten alto saxophone screw rod into hinge post

    ⚠️  Caution! If the screws on your saxophone will not screw in, softly wiggle the key while pushing and turning the screw. If this does not work, gently wiggle the key hinge tube. If this does not work and you cannot reassemble the screws, take your saxophone and all parts of this kit to a professional repair shop. Your saxophone may have mechanical problems that require professional care. Our sister company, Key Leaves, has a list of quality music stores near you.

    STEP 5   Check that flat spring is placed correctly

    Correct placement of leaf spring on alto saxophone

    5a. Check that the flat spring connected under the key is placed directly under the the key arm to help close the palm key pad.

    Correct placement of alto saxophone palm key leaf spring

    ⚠️  Look at the top of the key, and make sure the flat spring is not to misplaced to the side. If so, use a screwdriver to gently slide the flat spring back under the key.

    Checking F palm key spring

    5b. Test key operation up and down to see if the flat spring fully closes the key pad.

    STEP 6    Assemble other palm keys

    The location of the saxophone palm D# key.

    6a. Repeat steps 4 through 5 for the D# palm key.

    The location of a saxophone palm D key

    6b. Repeat steps 4 through 5 for the D palm key.

    Checking the saxophone palm key springs

    6c. Check the spring and key operation for all palm keys to make sure the pads are closing.

    STEP 7    Celebrate!!!

    You just prepared your sax to play all the high notes!

    STEP 8    Click for a lesson about playing your high notes!