We offer several levels of service for your saxophone, from playing condition repairs to complete overhauls. We fix what the others can’t!
Scott – the mouthpiece is very much improved…it’s now playing great. Much thanks!
My sax feels great! Thank you.
I tried the tenor last night at a rehearsal and it’s working beautifully, thanks.
Thanks again for working on the horn. I am VERY pleased. I was seriously considering figuring out how to get a 62 if the fix didn’t work, but I love my horn even more now. I really appreciate your work.
Just wanted to say THANK YOU! Impeccable work…it plays great.
My flute and tenor play great, thanks again.
Plays great! Worth the wait.A few leaps down that used to give me trouble seem more reliable, bell tones more solid, D above the break has improved timbre, and intonation of say B3 is less sharp. Quick try of overtone seemed easy. Mech feels very crisp and responsive.Overall sounds killer.Thanks!
Thanks for doing such a great job on my tenor! I almost forgot how great a horn it is!
Hi Scott. Real happy with the work you did on my old Couesnon alto. Low notes are very easy to play now, and the whole horn is much improved. Thanks!
Scott has done work for me and also my friends, and I highly recommend him to anybody looking to get a fantastic job done on their saxophone. He can do anything and he does everything well. Two thumbs up!
Scott, my tenor has never sounded better. Thanks so much. Cheers…
Thanks so much for a wonderful fix! The horn plays its a** off with a beautiful sound.
I just wanted to thank you for repairing my daughters alto sax. She told me that it sounded “amazing”!!
It’s like a completely different sax!! Thank you for doing such an awesome job!
Well, I’ve had my horn for almost a week now, and I just want to say thank you for the excellent work! I have played it every day and it just gets better and better. The overhaul has made the bottom end play like a completely different horn. I’ve been experimenting with playing ballads in the lower register, such as starting Body and Soul on low C instead of middle C, which brings out some of the tenor-like qualities of the horn. And, since it’s so easy to play down low now, and I don’t have to overcompensate for some of the old stuffiness with a softer reed, I have also been experimenting with slightly harder reeds which give me a fuller sound all over the horn. The action is snappy, the microtuner works great – everything is superb! The overhaul has really brought this great vintage horn back to its full potential. And, thank you for the fast turnaround time and excellent communication. I am so happy that I brought this horn to you. I have always been more of a bari and tenor player, but now that my Conn alto is playing so great, I think I am going to be spending a LOT more time with it. My in-laws live down here, so we’ll be visiting regularly, including again in December. Whenever I need adjustments or a tune-up, I will definitely and strongly consider bringing the horn down with me so I can bring it back to you for excellent work. Many thanks!!!
I want to thank you again for the work you did on the horn. It feels great. I am very thankful that I was able to find you and rest assured that I will tell as many people as possible about your outstanding work.
I’ve been playing the horn and you did a great job on it. Thanks for getting it to me so quickly…. I really appreciate it.
Great job on my alto – it looks and plays fantastic. Thanks.
Just wanted to let you know, my son is ECSTATIC with his sax! He will be a senior in high school this year and plans on marching in college as well. He said this is the best sax he has had and is so proud of it. We were on a really tight budget to find him an instrument since his father & I both lost our jobs last year, and ya’ll really came through with a great price and a quality instrument. All I can say is THANK YOU!!
In all my years, I never felt as comfortable with anyone working on my original tenor as with you. Thank you for your professionalism. I recognize it.
Sax plays great, thanx.
Happy to refer friends to you…your work is excellent!
The bari is playing great. The octave key fix seems to be working fine so having them open and close together seems like the right behavior. The lower register is much better now.
Thanks for the emergency treatment…alto is playing great.
Plays great!! Thanks again.
Looks amazing, dude, nice work!
Scott, just wanted to say the tenor sounded great last night – the best ever. It sounds like a new horn and the action and tuning are great. Thanks a lot!
The tenor overhaul was fantastic and the instrument is playing better than ever since I bought it in NY back in 1997. Thank you very much for the detailed work.
I’m glad I picked your company to do the repair on my sax. You are prompt and communicate clearly. I’ll be sure to recommend you if anyone asks me for a good repair shop.
Great job on the Cannonball setup – plays the best it ever has!
Wanted to tell you how much I’m enjoying the old Keilwerth that you brought back to life! It’s a lot of fun to play.
Horn feels great!!!! You’re the man, Scott…
Thanks again for the great job!
A special thank you to Scott Ankrom, owner of South Florida Horns. Scott did a complete mechanical restoration of my Selmer Paris Radio Improved tenor. I couldn’t be more pleased as my horn now plays magnificently from top to bottom. Dents, dings, rollers, posts, rods, pads, felts, springs…whew I gave him a basket case! I highly recommend South Florida Horns! Scott did a complete mechanical overhaul of my vintage Selmer tenor. I am astounded by his great attention to detail and outstanding craftsmanship. He is such an asset as possesses a wealth of knowledge. Soprano next! Your work is the best I’ve had. (Chafin, Music Center, Sam Ash, and 3 personal techs)
Wanted to give the soprano enough time for us to get used to each other after you wrestling it into shape and pronouncing it gig ready. Took me some time to learn what mpc, mpc placement, reed brand & strength work best for me. But after 6 weeks I am pleased to let you know my little curved Borgani IS UNBELIEVABLE! It sings in the high registers smack in tune now and can be silky smooth or rough, loud or soft. Same in the lower register, can bark, growl and cry when asked. It now sounds the way I hoped a Curved Jubilee would sound & I couldn’t be happier. When I play it, it just asks for a 10MFan Virtuoso mpc and a Hemke 2.5 placed just in the right spot. Thank you for the expertise, time and effort (and elbow grease!) necessary to get it in such fine shape. You are the best.
Scott, what a tremendous difference! Horn playing great!!!
Just wanted to let you cats know that if you’re ever down here or are already living here Scott Ankrom of “South Florida Horns” is the man for repairs (no I don’t get a discount for this…lol…). His attention to detail, quick turn around and honesty are refreshing. I’ve been to a couple of guys down here before and they were all capable but could never connect as they were too busy rushing the job and/or not very honest in their assessment. This cat will tell you the pro’s and con’s to your suggestions and help you understand the consequences to both. I just went in yesterday and again left completely satisfied.
Have spent two days with alto Ref54 FLSTD now and plays fantastically! Such a pleasure. Motorboating is gone, subtone easy, overtones and altissimo easy. Miraculously in tune in trouble spots. Resistance is balanced and key feel is light and uniform. Sounds like the alto Masters I want to sound like. Well worth 10hrs of driving to have your touch on the horn. THANKS!
Hi Scott, the tenor is playin’ like a new horn – easy low Bb. Thanks.
What a joy to play with no hitches or slop in the mech, crisp and quiet. All registers and leaps between well-behaved and in control.. It feels and sounds really good! Front hi-F touch is especially slick—perfect! I feel very lucky you are just up the road and will work on my horns (despite my “checklists”)—you have the perfect touch.
Thank you! The work you did on the saxophone is excellent. My 12 year old daughter (currently plays clarinet) played it when she came home and fell in love with the sound and feel of the instrument. She will be adding the saxophone to her musical training. I will recommend your shop to our musical friends. Thank you again. You have been very helpful, and an excellent job on the horn.
Absolutely a homerun grand slam touchdown. I can play pianissimo! Sop plays effortlessly. Thank you.
Just gotta say, he has done a really top-notch job on a pair of challenging repairs/alts which my usual go-to guys couldn’t quite pull off. First was adding a Front F key to an Italian curvy soprano (he did it by altering a clarinet key) and NOT make it look like an after-factory alt, and the second was doing a really, really NICE repair on a twisted and dented up upper Baritone crook which most techs would have given up to the ghost. These were not run-of-the mill things. It takes someone with real craft and skill to have successfully pulled these off. I just think he deserved some Kudos here.
The horn is fantastic! Thank you so much for reviving this iconic piece of music history for me. The tone is far better than I had dreamed and she looks amazing! Job well done.
Every saxophone service includes a full adjustment of the mechanism. A finely adjusted saxophone ensures that key combinations work as they should.
All of the alternate fingerings are checked and adjusted as needed, by someone who actually plays the saxophone.
Complex key interactions, such as the octave and left pinky mechanisms, are carefully addressed. During this part of the service, pads are adjusted to seal the tone holes and key heights are set to an even, appropriate clearance. Spring tension is adjusted to the player’s preference.
Cleaning the saxophone is cosmetically attractive but is also important to prevent the buildup of dirt, tarnish, and gunk. Clean instruments look, play, and smell better.
We use environmentally safe yet effective protocols to clean your saxophone. We remove the dirt, grease, and green and white calcified “stuff.”
When we replace pads, we use pads of the correct size and thickness to ensure proper function and “float in” the pads for a leak-free installation. On playing condition jobs, new pads (if needed) are selected to complement the existing setup.
When repadding or overhauling your saxophone, we like to use the same type of resonators the factory used, or the type currently installed in the instrument, unless the customer has a specific request.
We source our pads from several of the leading pad suppliers, based on what will work best for the specific instrument we’re repairing.
We make sure that the tone holes are level for accurate pad seating. We prefer to level each tone hole from the inside out rather than relying on excessive filing – this is especially critical on saxophones with rolled tone holes. Then, various tools are used to reface the rim of the tone hole for a perfect surface.
Saxophones are prone to dents and other body damage. We have a broad selection of dent removal equipment and can remove dents from any location on your saxophone.
Bent body tubes and pulled-down necks are no problem for us. We can fit the neck, whether original or not, to the body of the sax for an airtight seal.
We also have a full range of soldering equipment, so we can repair anything from a loose post to a key that needs silver soldering. We can also fabricate replacement or extra keys or modify existing keys.
As part of an overhaul, all loose play is removed. Without this, adjustments are not as accurate, and common symptoms of poor key fitting include sluggish action, noisy (metallic) action, and buzzing or other vibration during playing.
Each key is swedged tightly around its rod. Adjacent keys are lengthened and squared off to remove side-to-side play. Posts are aligned and worn post holes are shrunk as needed. Key barrels and rods are straightened and polished to ensure smooth, free action.
Each pivot screw is fitted to its post and corresponding key.
With our attention to detail and precise workmanship, your saxophone will play effortlessly throughout the full range and have the quietest, most responsive action possible.
Some other common (and not so common) saxophone issues we fix:
- Neck recorking.
- Improper neck tenon fit; we can tighten or loosen.
- Out of round neck tenon. Many saxophones leak here.
- Out of round neck receiver. For many older instruments with badly worn receivers, fabricating new parts is the remedy.
- Broken neck tightening screw; extraction and replacement.
- Nine times out of ten, that broken screw is stuck inside of a Yamaha, so we do carry the genuine Yamaha part but recommend using a non-Yamaha part with the same thread size instead.
- Noisy tilting Bb mechanism.
- Noisy key rollers.
- Sluggish/frozen key rollers.
- Maintenance (or even better, replacement!) of the ball joint mechanism some saxes use for side Bb and C.
- Articulated G# addition, for older saxes lacking it. This can facilitate jumps from G# to low Bb, B, and C# (and vice versa).
- Addition of adjusting screws. Stack keys and the F#/G#/Bb area are common targets for this, but other possibilities exist.
- Absolutely proper setup and regulation of the alternate Eb mechanism on vintage American saxes. Even if you NEVER use the 123|1-3 fingering for Eb, you get improved venting of F and improved spring balance of the right hand middle finger, as your horn’s designers intended.
- Neck micro tuner service (mostly vintage Conns). Includes complete disassembly, cleaning, repair, and reassembly. You’re supposed to push the mouthpiece in all the way and literally “dial in” the intonation. Let’s make that happen.
- Loose/stuck bell key guard bumper adjusters.
- Buescher snap-in pad replacement – without destroying the existing snap hardware. “Floating in” modern pads and using the original snaps are not mutually exclusive.
- Sluggish/sticky keywork.
- Sticky pads. Sometimes a cleaning and repad is the only way out, but we *may* have other, less costly remedies which are more effective than “Ye Olde Dollar Bill Trick.” As always, prognosis follows inspection…
- Spring extraction and replacement.
- Neck extensions.
- Cracked tone hole repair.
- Pulled down necks, including pulled down necks with cracks in the metal.
- Neck seam cracks
- Installation, replacement, or relocation of neck strap rings.
- Soldered tone hole repair (usually vintage Martin saxes). Usually, but not always, preceded by dent repair near that location.
- Octave key regulation. One of the most pervasive saxophone issues.
- Front F key venting. Ideally this key should enable playing front E and F as well as altissimo F# and G (also G# for alto), with no lost motion in the mechanism. Specialized voicing work like this is where selecting an experienced saxophone player to service your instrument is useful.
- Selmer Serie III alto’s additional octave/C# bridge mechanism.
- Pinky key spatula alignment. Many players benefit from having C# set slightly higher than the B spatula. For most players, it shouldn’t be below the B. In any event, we can set the spatulas to accommodate your needs.
- Low A mechanical improvement. This involves installing extra bridges so low A is achievable with just the left thumb (or left pinky, if you’re lucky enough to play a Conn) without “overregulating” the keys.
- Poor intonation.
- Bespoke side and palm key risers. Offered in epoxy or cork. This is one of the few services where in-person consultation is required, so we can discuss the player’s needs, observe the player’s hand position relative to the instrument, and craft our parts appropriately.
- Mouthpiece damage.
- We service modern horns like Selmer, Yamaha, and Yanagisawa. but we LOVE vintage American saxes (Conn, Buescher, Martin, King, et al).
- All other saxophone brands are welcome, too!
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