Rusted Hinge Rod Repair – Better Sax

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This is a quick repair tutorial on fixing a rusted hinge rod – a very common problem on saxophones. Might be a good idea to check your soprano octave key hinge rod and see if it’s getting rusty.
Thanks to Music Medic for all of the tools from their website.

I was playing my straight soprano and found that my octave key was stuck as a result of the hinge rod getting rusty. This part of the neck is so close to your mouth and mouthpiece so a lot of moisture can get built up and cause it to rust.

When you get a stuck and rusted hinge rod, the hardest part is getting it out so you can clean it. Check out the video below to see how to do just that and fix these rusted hinge rods. If there are other types of repairs you’d like to see, let me know in the comments below!

Interested in more saxophone repairs? Check out these “Quick and Easy DIY Repairs.”

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