The bottom line is that I know how to finish a saxophone. I do all the necessary set up work. I use the most appropriate materials for corks, felts, and pads. I adjust every key to the proper height and action. And finally, I play test it like you would play it. I'll play scales, patterns, alternate fingerings, subtones, overtones, altissimo, low notes, palm keys and side keys. When it plays well, it's finished. Not, "I guess that's good enough."
There are very few people who do this kind of work. I love working on horns and I'm a good enough player to know when a saxophone plays well. A saxophone plays well when all the pads completely cover the tone holes, all the keys function and fit properly, and all connections fit and seal properly. A qualified repairman must be able to accurately diagnose the problem. Then, he must have the proper tools, materials, and skills to make the repair. After the repairs are made, the instrument must be play-tested. The repairman must be a competent saxophone player to know if the horn plays well!
I set up my shop because it allows me to speak freely about everything that I've seen in the music world. I'm not tied to any manufacturers and I don't work for anybody that tells me what I should do or say. The advice and recommendations I make are in your best interest. Also, I know that it may seem odd that such a high-level repair shop is in Birmingham, AL instead of a higher profile city. Well, I love Alabama, and the Birmingham market has supported me for ten years. Also, players ship me horns to work on from across the country, and travel from across the state or from out of state to get me their saxophones. Some of my work has even gone out of the country. I mention this because I want you to know that what I'm doing here is very special, and you or your child deserve the best you can get.