The saxophone neck is the most influential and important part of the instrument regarding intonation and tone.
At the MusicMedic Sax ProShop, we spent many years modifying necks for players around the world to improve tone and intonation on their instruments, before we designed and set up a neck manufacturing facility. There are many aftermarket necks sold as upgrades for a particular make and model of saxophone, but the reality is that many times these are necks made as parts to an instrument and sold as a replacement part for many types of instruments. At the Sax ProShop, we understand how the diameter, taper, shape, and length of a neck affect tone and intonation, and use that information to design and manufacture necks for specific instruments with specific goals in mind. We have also developed techniques for manufacturing necks which give incredibly accurate and consistent results. You will learn the concepts necessary to make and evaluate necks as well as adjust intonation using the neck. In this tell-all course, participants will have a never before offered chance to dive into neck making from sheet brass all the way to play-testing. Throughout the entire process, we will spare no details and keep no secrets. To our knowledge, we are the first neck makers to ever open up their manufacturing process and share technical and philosophical ideas and processes. Due to the intensity and the intimate hands-on nature of making necks, class space is incredibly limited. Participants will make their own MKVI Tenor neck during the course. Soldering skills and proficiency in saxophone playing are encouraged but not mandatory, and we can offer help to those who need it.
Day 1: Discuss neck basics, materials, tools, processes, philosophy of manufacture, taper and tone.
Day 2: Cut out templates, anneal brass, form tubes, solder.
Day 3: Draw neck, fill with pitch, bend, empty pitch, hydroform.
Day 4: Trim neck, and fit/ solder on tenons, keys, and brace.
Day 5: Sandblast or buff, finishing work, play-testing, and wrap-up party.
It is our intention to send you home with the neck you make. Although, A completed neck is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate all types of learners and different levels of skill by helping you complete your project. Participants should bring something to take notes (computer or notebook), something to take photos (phone or camera), and good attitude, and willingness to learn! Participants may bring their own MKVI tenor or may use ours for fitting and play testing purposes. Enjoy this fast paced hands-on course in beautiful Wilmington, NC! Housing accommodations can be provided for a minimal fee.
Held in Wilmington N.C. July 8th-12th
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