We offer several levels of service for your saxophone, including everything from playing condition repairs to complete overhauls. We fix what the others can’t!
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)
Plays great!! Thanks again.
Looks amazing, dude, nice work!
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!
Horn feels great!!!! You’re the man, Scott…
Scott – the mouthpiece is very much improved…it’s now playing great. Much thanks!
Great job on my alto – it looks and plays fantastic. Thanks.
I just wanted to thank you for repairing my daughters alto sax. She told me that it sounded “amazing”!!
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.
Great job on the Cannonball setup – plays the best it ever has!
Thanks for the emergency treatment…alto is playing great.
Happy to refer friends to you…your work is excellent!
Thanks so much for a wonderful fix! The horn plays its a** off with a beautiful sound.
Sax plays great, thanx.
Scott, what a tremendous difference! Horn playing great!!!
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.
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.
I tried the tenor last night at a rehearsal and it’s working beautifully, thanks.
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.
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.
Hi Scott, the tenor is playin’ like a new horn – easy low Bb. Thanks.
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.
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!!
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!
Thanks for doing such a great job on my tenor! I almost forgot how great a horn it is!
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.
Thanks again for the great job!
My flute and tenor play great, thanks again.
Scott, my tenor has never sounded better. Thanks so much. Cheers…
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!
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.
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!
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.
My sax feels great! Thank you.
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.
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.
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.
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. We use an environmentally safe but effective solution to clean your saxophone.
When we replace pads, we use pads of the correct size and thickness to ensure proper function. 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 vendors, 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 anywhere 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.
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.
Contact us today to get started!