MusicMedic.com is offering a one-week Saxophone Neck Making Workshop at its Wilmington, N.C.-based Sax ProShop from July 8 to 12. Attendees will understand how the diameter, taper, shape and length of a neck affect tone and intonation, and use that information to design and manufacture necks for specific instruments with specific goals in mind. Guests will also learn the concepts necessary to make and evaluate necks as well as adjust intonation using the neck.
Participants will make their own MKVI Tenor neck during the course. Soldering skills and proficiency in saxophone playing are encouraged but not mandatory, and MusicMedic can offer help to those who need it.
Here is the schedule at a glance:
Day 1: Discuss neck basics, materials, tools, processes, philosophy of manufacture, taper and tone.
Day 2: Cut out templates, anneal brass, form tubes, solder.
Day 3: Draw neck, fill with pitch, bend, empty pitch, hydroform.
Day 4: Trim neck, and fit/solder on tenons, keys and brace.
Day 5: Sandblast or buff, finishing work, play-testing and wrap-up party.
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