Sarge is trying to save the rusty time capsule that is a Conn C, yes you read it C not Bb, soprano sax. The springs were so rusted they looked like cheetos. I get monthly reports and I cross my fingers that this baby will recover because of Sarge’s TLC the last few months.
To get the rods to break loose takes spraying them down, using a little heat, but not enough to start a fire, and then gentle pressure. Fortunately the body of the sax isn’t in too terrible shape. Suzy has finished refurbishing the case with a nice alligator material and new felt interior.
Now, will I be able to do justice playing it? I have a number of candidate mouthpieces that I have selected based on other people’s experiences with the Conn C soprano sax. You can read more about that on the SOTW forum. It is truly a labor of love for an instrument that is no longer in production… anywhere.