Haynes Saxophone Manual

Haynes Saxophone Manual

Haynes Saxophone Manual


The Step-by-step guide to set-up, care and maintenance.
The saxophone is arguably the most iconic of all instruments, but with its graceful form and soulful tone it’s easy to forget that it’s still a machine. It’s a complicated machine, too, and even a slight fault in the mechanism can affect the way it feels and plays. This innovative Manual explains clearly and simply how the mechanism functions and what can be done to maintain it, as well as to improve its performance with professional set-up techniques, with few or no specialist tools. This Manual is essential reading for everyone who plays the saxophone.‘The advice is second to none’ Music Teacher.


from Haynes website: by 'Honest Joe'
Congratulations to the Author Stephen Howard and to Haynes for such a well thought out and informative workshop manual. The production is a revelation with a set of very professional colour photographs (virtually all by the author); all are well planned and very well executed. The quality of this hardback manual on high quality paper is worlds apart from some earlier Haynes car workshop manuals.

Prospective buyers should note that it is far more than a workshop manual because it also contains invaluable tips on checking out an instrument before purchase. There are also sections on how the saxophone works and parts of the saxophone which shows all (and I do mean all) the components of the saxophone - very illuminating.

The real core of this manual is instrument maintenance and repair in which it excels. The manual tackles each subject in a down to earth, no nonsense, systematic approach. It is a god send for those that are confident and practical enough to tackle some of the more advanced repairs (such as pad and spring replacement) and includes a reference section detailing where to obtain spares parts and specialist tools.

For those not wishing (or have the time) to strip instruments down, the more straightforward advice on how to correctly and carefully lubricate the mechanism should help all woodwind players prevent unnecessary wear on their instrument. The manual also contains advice on how to test for leaks and adjust all aspects of the keywork (spring tension, regulation, action etc...).

Much of the advice can be read across to other woodwind instruments (clarinet, oboe etc...) and so this manual is even more valuable than it first appears. All in all I can not speak too highly of this book..... it's a gem!

SKU: 9780857338402