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Basic mechanical overhauls

Professional Saxophone Overhauls and Repair

Tenor Madness uses the finest grade materials available, with careful attention paid to detail. YOU decide what kind of resonator, pad and pad treatment you would like us to use. Each customer has his preference regarding spring tension, key heights, key placement, etc. With this in mind, the more information you can give us, the easier it is for us to tailor the instrument to your needs.

Basic saxophone overhaul process

  1. Disassembly and careful cleaning of the instrument with mild detergent.
  2. Body is checked for proper alignment and straightened if necessary.
  3. Minor dent work.
  4. All keys are swedged to remove lateral play.
  5. Excessive wear removed from post to hinge rod.
  6. Pads cups checked on jeweler's anvil for flatness.
  7. Tone holes addressed.
  8. Refit tenon and receiver.
  9. All new pads (your choice of pad type and resonator type)
  10. Key corks, felts and neck cork installed (premium cork and hat felt used for key regulation and silencing).
  11. Springs replaced as needed (OEM springs directly from Paris).
  12. Meticulously regulated to customers specifications (see custom setups).
  13. Wiped down, oiled and play tested.


  • $1150 for soprano, alto and tenor. (includes 25+ shop hours, additional charge for all parts)
  • Bari sax by quote only, please call us at (319) 234-3561 or send us an email.

To have Tenor Madness  do a professional overhaul or repair on your saxophone contact Thomas for more info at thomas@tenormadness.com or call 319-234-3561.


Our basic mechanical overhaul comes with a one year warranty on all work performed. For more information, please visit our warranties page.

Need more?

If an instrument needs extensive dent work and/or has extensive key wear, we would alternatively suggest our Complete Mechanical Restoration.