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How Saxophones are made

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David writes in with the latest “Cool stuff being made”, he writes – “In this fifteen minute video it becomes obvious that saxophones are a work of art that combines experience, concentration, patience and manual dexterity. Some 500 parts go into the saxophone with 3000 separate operations. You’ll see how the parts get cut out and stamped from a brass sheet, how the bell takes shape, how a drill press creates the tone holes and how their placement results in a proper aerodynamic flow of air for more dynamic sound. Then, watch how the keys are made from the stamping of a huge hydraulic press. Later, learn how learn the important role of screws and how they get placed followed by much quality checking. Our tour concludes with each sax getting hand tested.”Link.

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2 thoughts on “How Saxophones are made

  1. When I lived in Great Britain, I was always being mocked a little, because I am Belgian…
    The standing joke about Belgians is and was: name ten famous Belgians…

    Now, drrrrrrumroll, dear makers, you have learnt the name of at least one famous Belgian: Adolphe Sax!! The inventor of the saxophone!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolphe_Sax
    Bet you didn’t know that ;-)

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