Tenor High G Adjustments

Hi guys, Rheuben again. Today I’d like to talk to you about the first altissimo G on the tenor saxophone – what can be done and what can’t be done to help that note come in.┬áIt’s a problem note on the tenor sax, so there are several things we can do and a lot of …

Replacing Saxophone Neck Cork with Rheuben Allen

I’d like to talk a little bit about the neck cork. Now this is a Selmer Mark VI neck and as you can see over time, the neck cork has been lengthened quite a bit. It should stop right about here (shows where) but you have another half inch that was done on this. So …

Controlling the Bounce of the Right-Hand Keys on the Saxophone

Need help controlling bouncing keys in the right hand of your saxophone? No need to worry. Right hand bounce is actually a very common problem. One of the ways to help stop the bounce is to have a cork on the back of the key itself and a felt glued to the body of the …

The Difference Between Tenor Saxophones With and Without the High F# Key

The following is a guest post by Rheuben Allen. Hi everyone, this is Rheuben. I’d like to talk to you very briefly about the difference between a tenor saxophone that has a F# and one that does not have a high F#. Many people believe that the tenor without the high F# key responds better. …

Saxophone Repair Tips | An Article Roundup on Teen Jazz

Rheuben Allen, a saxophone and woodwind repairman based in California, has contributed a number of articles to Teen Jazz on instrument repair and music in general. Because he specializes in sax repair, the majority of his articles have been on that particular topic. Here is a collection of saxophone repair tips from Rheuben Allen. Why …

How to Adjust the G-Sharp Spring Tension on a Saxophone

This article is part of a series of repair articles written Rheuben Allen. ADJUSTING THE G# SPRING TENSION AND BALANCE There are 2 parts to the G# mechanism on the saxophone: 1. The Key Lever: the part the finger pushes to make the key work 2. The Pad Cup: the part that hold the pad. …

Why You Should Take Your Instrument in For Check-Ups Regularly

This article is part of a series of repair articles written Rheuben Allen. There are two important reasons to keep your instrument in good working order. The first is so that it will be in good shape for your performances and the second is far more important. It is so that your horn will have …

Saxophone Emergency Repair Kit

This article is part of a series of repair articles written Rheuben Allen. We all have moments on the gig where we have a saxophone emergency and we find ourselves in need of a quick fix. It may be a spring that pops out of place or a pad that tears. Regardless of what it …

Saxophonist Phil Sobel | Teen Jazz Legend Interview

Name: Phil Sobel Profession: Saxophonist Years Playing: since the age of 6 Location: Los Angeles, CA THE INTERVIEW Phil Sobel was born 1917 in New York. Both parents were amateur musicians, helping to expose Sobel to music at an early age. His first instrument was ukulele, which he played out on the street where people …

Repairing a Crack in a Clarinet

This article is part of a series of repair articles written Rheuben Allen. There are a number of reasons that the wood of your clarinet may crack and if it happens, there are two different methods you can use when repairing that meddlesome crack in your instrument. Keep in mind that it is always safest …