Steve Crow
Saxophone Specialist
◉ Repairs ◉ Modifications ◉ Tuning
Phone:0113 4400987
Mobile:07899 001099
Email:

Projects

 

New landline

01484 900788

078 99 00 10 99

stevecrowsax [at] gmail [dot] com
info [at] stevecrow [dot] co [dot] uk

 

 

Background

The saxophone was developed in the 1840s by Adolphe Sax, a Belgian-born instrument-maker, flautist, and clarinetist working in Paris. While still working at his father's instrument shop in Brussels, Sax began developing an instrument which had the projection of a brass instrument with the agility of a woodwind. Another priority was to invent an instrument which would overblow at the octave, unlike the clarinet, which rises in pitch by a twelfth when overblown; an instrument which overblew at the octave would have identical fingering for both registers.

My Projects

Conn Conversions                                  

This is an original 1932 Conn New Wonder  tenor saxophone that I converted for Paul Dunmall in 2009. Paul kindly let me loose on his Conn as an experiment. This was to be my first complete conversion and it could have gone very wrong! Happily it was a success...  so here are a few pictures to show you what this conversion is all about. But first check out Paul playing his conversion on UTube.

                 

                                                   Also check out Dave O'Higgins who had his 10m Conn converted in March 2010.

 

                                     Mat London belows on a 1933 Conn new wonder

           

 

 

The Conn conversion

 

The project begins with a standard 1920/30s Conn tenor saxophone.

Firstly, I remove the G# and D# trill-key mechanisms as these can be troublesome and will be unnecessary when the action is improved. I also extend the heel of the F# key on the right hand to link it to the D key, as on modern horns.

Secondly, I remove all the touch-pieces and re-align them into a more Selmer-like position, bringing the Bis key into line. I also replace the G# touchpiece. The octave key and its thumbrest are also modernized. All these improvements combine to make the horn feel better under the fingers.

Finally, for comfort’s sake, the sling hook is moved further down the body, and the right-hand thumbrest repositioned closer to the keys, helping the horn to balance in the hands. Of course, this will never quite achieve the wonderful ergonomics of more modern horns, but it does make it much more playable, and modern horns don’t sound like these!

In the pictures below, you can see the various aspects of the conversion process.

 

Lefthand touch pieces before conversion

Lefthand touch pieces after conversion

Righthand touch pieces before conversion

Righthand touch pieces after conversion

Thumb rest and touch before

Thumb rest and touch after

G# touch before conversion

G# touch after conversion

Aux Eb trill tone hole sealed shut.

F# heeling bar extension for D regulation

G# regulation screw

New pearl touch piece cups before fitting pearls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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