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Care and Maintenance

How to assemble your saxophone

Always handle the body of your saxophone from the bell or body tube without putting pressure against the keys or rods. Excessive pressure on the keys or rods can cause them to bend and not seal or work properly.
Be sure the neck tenon and receiver are clean and free of debris, moisture, or corrosion.
Insert the neck tenon into the neck receiver. Be careful not to apply too much downward pressure on the neck, as this may cause the neck to bend.
Apply cork grease to the mouthpiece cork at the end of the neck so the mouthpiece may be put on easily and without force.
Attach the reed and ligature to the mouthpiece. Note: take care not to damage the mouthpiece top or the reed with the ligature. After playing, cap mouthpiece to protect it and the reed from damage.
How to take apart your saxophone
Disassemble in reverse order.

Maintenance

Daily care
To prevent corrosion, wipe the body and keywork with the dry polishing cloth provided after each performance.
Always use the Julius Keilwerth case provided for the instrument. Too tight or too loose a case may cause bending of keys.
Before putting the instrument in the case, dry the bore completely with your pull through cleaning swab. Removing moisture will keep the inside of your saxophone clean and help prevent pads from sticking.
Always remove your mouthpiece from the neck when storing or not in use. This will prolong the life of your tenon cork and allow the moisture inside the mouthpiece and neck to dry properly.
Long Term Care
Through regular use, the keys on your saxophone may gradually become out of adjustment. It is recommended to bring your instrument to a qualified repair technician every 6 months to be checked and readjusted if necessary. Regular preventive maintenance will greatly reduce the risk of malfunction and possible need for more extensive and costly repairs in the future.

Pitch adjustment
When the mouthpiece is pulled out: the pitch of the instrument generally lowers (flat)
When the mouthpiece is pushed in: the pitch of the instrument generally raises (sharp)

In the event of any problems, please contact your dealer.

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