UPDATE FOR NEW BAND PARENTS!
COVID-19 has made this a very challenging year for beginning band! Some of you band parents have found saxophones for your student and others are still looking. Many band directors had invited Collins Hornworks to their schools to sell saxophones, but because of the COVID situation, that didn't happen. But, we are still here for you!
If you need a saxophone, then call us. If you have a saxophone, but you never contacted us, then call us. If you are renting a saxophone, then PLEASE call us before you get caught in the trap!
Collins Hornworks has new and reconditioned alto and tenor saxophones.
Collins Hornworks new saxophones are unpacked and set up by Steve Collins to play excellently. ALL new horns need attention, regardless of the manufacturer. Even though everything is new and shiny, new saxophones have their problems. What are these problems? Here is a list: Improper neck fit, leaking pads, sticking pads, binding keys, loose keys, improper key heights, unlevel tone holes, improper key synchronization, joint leaks, and faulty spring tensions. It really takes an outstanding repair tech just to make a new saxophone play well! We have chosen the Chateau line because they respond well to this set up work, they play well, and they are the most beautiful student saxophones you will find!
Collins Hornworks has reconditioned saxophones. Here is what makes our horns special. Each Collins Hornworks saxophone is given a professional overhaul. It is not just “checked over” or “run through the shop,” before it is sold. Every horn is completely disassembled and thoroughly cleaned. Before the instrument is reassembled, all dents are removed, all tone holes are made smooth and flat, all key cups are made level, and every key shaft, post, and rod is refitted for tight, precise action. High quality pads are installed, individually fit to each key for correct size and height. The key corks and felts are replaced, and all keys adjusted to optimal heights. The saxophone neck is painstakingly fit to the body, and all soldered or epoxied joints are inspected or resealed.
All of this is not “doing too much “ to a saxophone. It’s what the manufacturer wanted to do in the first place, but due to mass production, the instrument comes up short. In a sense, we hand finish their horn to make it play well. Then, it is play tested and the keys are adjusted. When it plays great, It’s done!
A benefit to a Collins Hornworks overhaul is that the saxophone will play great for a long time. After a lot of playing, most saxophones will eventually need some adjustments to keep it playing well. Because the horn has been set up by us, using our procedures, pads and materials, the adjustments are much quicker and easier (and cheaper!) So there will be fewer future problems.
Collins Hornworks can get you set up with:
· A clean, quality, great-playing saxophone.
· A clean or new, sturdy, protective case.
· A new mouthpiece, cap, ligature and neck strap.
· All necessary accessories: cork grease, end plug, polishing cloth, and reed holder.
We have a limited supply of these alto saxophone packages for sale for $1,095-$1,495. If you bring us a saxophone to refurbish, we can do the same work on it for about $900, depending on the condition, and can add in the accessories if you want them. We can also talk to you about a tenor saxophone or other horns. We hope you find this information helpful, and invite you to call us if we can help you!
There are financing options available such as monthly payments and 6 months with no interest.