My Broken Saxophone

My precious Allora Paris Series Tenor Sax – broken! The left-hand thumb rest detached from the saxophone. I don’t know why it came undone. Maybe the glue used was sub-standard. It looks like an easy fix, though. I will repair it myself or take it to the local repair guy. I also need my saxophone neck re-corked. However, I have no experience re-corking a sax neck.

I don’t remember how often I had to have my saxophones serviced in the Navy. It was not a lot. I have had my Allora tenor for almost two years, so maybe it’s time.

I can understand the cork on the neck tearing or ripping. I have shoved several mouthpieces of different sizes onto that cork. However, I don’t understand the thumb rest coming off. I remember someone who commented on one of my YouTube videos that the thumb rest had come off of their Allora sax. At the time, I had not had mine for very long. I was surprised to hear that his thumb rest had come off.

The saxophone seems to be well made. I’m hoping that this is the extent of the malfunctions and failures. Of course, the saxophone didn’t cost very much. I have been thinking of buying a higher-quality instrument. I’m thinking about the Yamaha YTS-62, which I played in the Navy.

I probably should have gotten the Yamaha in the first place, but they cost a little over double what I paid for the Allora. I was trying to save money. By buying the cheaper saxophone, I feel like I made a dumb mistake. Yamaha makes a quality horn, and so does Selmer. Selmer costs even more than Yamaha. At this point, I can’t justify buying another horn, but when I do, it will be Yamaha. If I didn’t know Yamaha was a great sax, it might seem as though I was making the same mistake by not buying a Selmer. However, I have preferred Yamaha over Selmer since the first time I played one in 1994.

The minor repairs I need are not a reason to run out and buy another saxophone. It will have to be on its last leg for me to break down and get a new one. It will happen, though.


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