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Complete restorations

Complete expert saxophone restorations

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 player, instrument and mouthpiece makes a unique combination -- a combination we try to take into consideration when we repair your instrument.

Who needs it?

A complete mechanical restoration is required if an instrument needs extensive dent work and/or has extensive key wear, or other repair issues.
Please email us with your questions about our full restoration work or to inquire if your horn is a candidate for this type of full work up restoration.

Complete mechanical restoration process

The complete mechanical restoration includes everything in a basic mechanical overhaul PLUS:
  • Replacing pearls if desired.
  • Making new hinge rods.
  • Providing new pivot screws and/or set screws.
  • Everything that can be done to the instrument short of refinishing!!

Included from the basic 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.


(additional charge for all parts)
  • $1650 for soprano.
  • $1600 for alto and tenor.
  • Bari sax by quote only, please call us at (319) 234-3561 or send us an email.

By appointment only

Only a limited number of time slots are available for personalized mechanical restorations. We are always up front about our schedule so you know how long your horn will be in the shop. Please email us to inquire about setting up an appointment.


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