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Keith's MKVI Tenor Uberhaul is finished  
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 08:38 AM
The Sax ProShop just finished the uberhaul on Keith's horn.

Mods included Low B → C# Adj. Screw, adding side Key Contacts for Side Bb & C, and also adding a Teflon Ball Octave Rocker.

Check out the photos below for a closer look:

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Meeting of the Minds: Sax ProShop and Theo Wanne Collaboration  
Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 01:59 PM
We are going to have an exciting few days here at the Sax ProShop next week, with several guests from the Theo Wanne company.

Theo Wanne and the Sax ProShop have been working together to make a very unique saxophone, the MANTRA, the best it can be. Theo's design for the Mantra implements many unique features to help realize his dream of a super-resonant saxophone: an altered neck and body tube shape and size, a reduction in the amount of parts soldered onto the body, and a reticulated finish both inside the body and outside are just a few of the features.

To my knowledge, there is no other manufacturer that puts as much time and care into their saxophones as Theo and his gang do with the MANTRA. In order to have excellent control over all aspects of the work, we completely assemble and set-up every instrument in the Sax ProShop. That means we make the pads, we fit the keys, we level everything, and we do what no factory in the world can do. The end result is a saxophone that plays with the huge tone that Theo is after and with the mechanical precision that the Sax ProShop demands.

We will be joined by Bryan Vance, Sales Manager for Theo Wanne, and Tim Price, a Theo Wanne featured endorsing artist, for a two day exploration of set-up on the Theo Wanne MANTRA tenor.

Tim Price, a Berklee College of Music graduate, is one of the country's foremost woodwind artists. As one of the Selmer Company's most requested clinicians, Tim travels worldwide performing with and teaching student and professional jazz ensembles. Tim teaches jazz saxophone at the New School University in New York City, one of the top jazz schools in the world.

In the days leading up to their arrival, the Sax ProShop has been hard at work, setting up and perfecting a horn especially for Tim, and we are looking forward to collaborating with Bryan and Tim in person. Tim has had a lot of input on the design of the MANTRA, helping to make improvements to the horn's tone and playability.

Tim will be able to test his own personal MANTRA which is set up to his specifications, Theo's "sound concept" horn, the horn that the Sax ProShop has just set up, and MANTRA's that have been set-up to standard specifications. Tim and the Sax ProShop will use the comparisons of the different horns to further improve the set-up and manufacturing process for the MANTRA.

For two days, all five specialists in the Sax ProShop plus Bryan and Tim will be focusing on nothing but the MANTRA in an elaborate meeting of the minds! With so many specialists, the Sax ProShop can immediately implement ANY change that Tim wants, and Tim will be able to test the result while he is here. There's a lot of pretty cool possibilities!

Later on in October, Theo and Curt will be able to meet at the Shanghai trade show to discuss the findings from the session with Tim, in addition to other exciting details for the future of the MANTRA saxophone. Stay tuned!
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Become a Pad Tester!  
Thursday, July 3, 2014, 08:11 AM
Recently, we told the world how we can truly make any pad and the world responded! We are getting requests for all sorts of odd pads for various instruments in various thicknesses. It's so great to be able to make the pads our customers need and provide a quality that we stand behind and that we can work to improve.

We have also been making and testing special pads here at to create a pad with superior materials and consistency. I think we found a winner! We have developed pads that combine natural and synthetic materials that really perform. They install easily, are super flat, are airtight, aren't sticky, and they seem to last forever. The technique and materials that we're using to keep the synthetic felt dry so it will not harden, has yielded pads that stay quiet and seal better for much longer. These pads have been in Curt's Bari for almost a year and in local player’s horns who help us test. Everyone is excited about the results.

Because of the extreme amount of work we've put into this project and the cool synthetics we're using, we have been calling these XtremePads here at the shop. They use the same great Roo leather that comes with RooPads for durability and the no-stick factor. So, these new pads are affectionately called RooPads Extreme. Extreme because they are Air tight and water tight without a sticky painted coating.

Now, we need some help from you! We made a few sample sets for Selmer MKVI tenors; if any tech wants to try these pads, let us know. Your feedback will help us to make improvements and turn the RooPads Extreme dream into reality! Because sample sets are not cheap or easy to make, we do ask that you have a MKVI Tenor ready to install these into. Send a picture of the horn and a request for a sample set to: and we'll send out a few sets to our first RooPads Extreme pioneers. If you really-really want a set for some other instrument just send an email and let Curt know.

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Überhorn Project Update 2: 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 01:46 PM
You may remember that the original experiment for this project "make a sax" was designed to tell us what the different tapers and different materials might do to the tone. The goal was to: cheaply make three different tapers and gain first hand knowledge of how taper affects tone and response. Well, that didn't exactly work. The goal is good but the process is not as easy as we hoped. It turns out it was difficult to make the three sizes. We made one tapered tube but making the others was obviously going to require a mandrel made from some metal and without a draw bench the experiments would not be very consistent. In the end, we would have three mandrels that were no longer usable and possibly still no answer to the initial question. Considering our options, we decided that, no matter what this experiment gives us, we are going to want to proceed.

A draw bench is a machine that pulls the sax, put over a mandrel of the exact desired size, through a donut or washer that expands as it's pulled through. The end result is a Tapered tube with inside dimensions exactly the same as the tapered mandrel. To do this, we need a draw bench.

What's in the box?!?!

A Hydraulic Power Unit!

So, we fired up an old project of making a draw bench while considering the issues and cost of having someone make us the bodies to our specs. For the long run goal: "make a sax (and some necks)", we decided to make a draw bench. Late last week our Hydraulic power unit for the new bench and the Cylinder showed up.

Group Photo with the Hydraulic Power Unit!

The Cylinder has a 48" stroke (enough to pull a Bass Sax body Tube!) and way-way more power than it should need. The power unit is capable of even more power pressure than the cylinder so we can get pull if we need it.

The Cylinder:

Over the weekend, a group of ProShop folks got their ideas into a design drawing and this week we'll finalize the drawing and begin manufacture of this baby. We have some of the materials we need around the shop and some that are a little too burly for this project but we're going to use them anyway. The current plan is to wall mount the draw "bench" in the Sax ProShop. The folks in the PadCompany love to name (and put name tags on) their machines, so we'll probably go to them for an appropriate name. Now we need to decide what color to paint it....

A sneak peek at the draw bench design:

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Monday, June 30, 2014, 09:49 AM
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