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.
How it’s made archives – Link.