Inspired by the resonant, colorful sound and the tonal flexibility of
the legendary Selmer saxophones, the Super Balanced Action and the
early Mark VI.
Our necks are
handcrafted in our shop in New York City and are custom fit
to vintage and modern saxophones.
They were developed in our shop in New York City with feedback from
many of the top sax players
in the world during a 1 ½ year prototype period, and our R&D is
saxophone's neck has a greater impact on the instruments performance
than any other part of the horn. The neck is where most of
the sound color, intonation, tonal feel and flexibility is created.
using a KB Sax handcrafted saxophone neck, you are getting a product
that has been designed to optimize the performance of both modern and
vintage horns from the moment your air enters the instrument.
necks are not merely replacement necks. Most players feel they are a
clear improvement over their original necks, be it on Mark VI, Yamaha,
- Watch the making of the KB Sax handcrafted necks
- Jerry Bergonzi talks about his KB Sax necks
Vanguard was developed to have the core focus of the Redwood model
situated higher in the frequency range, thereby giving it a brighter,
slender yet centered tone with a very resonant quality to it. It is
quick responding, has great dynamic range and retains the same precise
intonation as the Redwood and Canyon models.
making the Vanguard using a special M61-brass alloy. We developed a
heat treatment method (“aging”) for this specific alloy which allows us
to harden the neck tube and bring out the exact tonal color of the
result is a neck with a very smooth frequency curve and a concentration
of sound in the high mid-tone area.
characteristic and comparison of the Vanguard made with M61-brass:
Vanguard is less
mid-tone focused as compared to Redwood brass with the concentration of
frequencies in the Vanguard situated higher. This makes it sound
brighter and feel a little less “weighty” than the Redwood yet being
quite punchy and direct. The Vanguard is close in sound and tonal feel
& response to an SBA neck but with the added benefit of precise
intonation, easier produced and more stable altissimo and with a sound
quality that is very consistent from top to bottom.
inspired by the sound and tonal feel of the Selmer Super
Balanced Action. It features a mid-tone core sound that maintains a
powerful focus from the bottom of the horn throughout the altissimo
range as well as at any dynamic level.
in Brass, Hand Hammered Copper and Bronze
Redwood Brass is the most focused of our necks with a weighty and
round core sound. Your air is channeled into a tight yet robust
tone-feel that makes the horn feel quick and compact in the lower range
while maintaining the strong and present core sound without changing
character as you move through the palm keys and up throughout the
to our other necks, it has a hint more of the good kind of
core-weight resistance that enables tonal flexibility and articulation.
It stays incredible centered and round at all dynamic levels and while
it is quite focused, it maintains great tonal formability and has a
complexity in the sound.
use a process of hand hammering the copper neck tube after it is
serves several purposes: it hardens the metal, making it as strong and
pull-down resistant as a brass neck and it also gives the neck its
specific tonal characteristics.
characteristic: The dominant core sound is slightly darker than
the Brass Redwood. The tone-feel is a little wider and the mid-tone
concentration is not as pronounced as in the Brass. This results in a
slightly more free-blowing and less resistant neck. It has a rich sound
with a smooth
brightness with a certain warm sizzle.
This is one of the newer
metals we have added. We have a special heat
treatment of our bronze that ensures high tensile strength and
Sound characteristic: It
is quite focused and punchy with good mid-tone
weight and is close to the Brass Redwood in that respect. However,
there is a
little more low end as well as a stronger emphasis and cutting
brilliance in the higher frequencies compared to the Brass.
Generally wider and more spread with a sound that brightens more up as
is inspired by the free blowing and full spectrum sound of the early
Mark VI. It features a wide and slightly spread sound with a deeply
resonant tone feel. It is fast responding, has a rich tonal color with
that certain “sizzle” and brilliance in the higher frequencies that
gets more pronounced when you lean into it.
necks are sold in
different brass alloys, in copper and bronze. Upon completion, we add a
coating of a special wax. The wax can be reapplied if you wish to
retain an unlacquered raw/bare look. If no additional treatment is
done, the neck will over time take on the natural patina of the given
offer a clear
lacquer finish on any of our necks to preserve the raw brass, bronze or
copper look. Additionally, we offer all models in various platings
(gold, silver, brushed silver and others).
Please contact us for more information.
Comparing various models of KB Sax handcrafted necks
free shipping to the US, and also free
return shipping should you wish to return the neck
within the 7-day trial
must be returned to us in its original
condition and include
all original packaging. There is no restocking fee. A full refund will
be made. Please contact us within the 7-day period for a return
authorization, and we will email you a free return shipping label.
(50 states) - you can purchase our necks online or in
our shop. For online purchases, please read our Custom Fit section
below. **Note that the gauges must be shipped back to us within 7 days,
or your order will be cancelled and you will receive a partial refund.
$270 (plus sales tax for NY residents)
will be deducted from the full price of the neck to cover the cost of
customers - please email
us your address info and we will provide you with a shipping quote.
Please read our Custom Fit section below. Online purchase is currently
not available. We accept bank wires and
Paypal. Customers are responsible for import duties and custom taxes.
For US customers:
possible fit when you try a KB Sax handcrafted neck,
we have designed a set of tenon receiver measuring gauges. They are
sized in 0.001” (one thousandth of an inch) increments. When ordering
a neck, simply tell us the brand, model and serial number of your
saxophone and we will send you a set of three measuring gauges, 0.001”
apart. With these gauges, you can then measure the exact size of your
tenon receiver and notify us which one fits best. Once we receive the
gauges back from you, we will ship you a neck that has a tenon
specifically sized to your horn. There is no shipping charge for the
shipping and return shipping of the tenon receiver gauges.
ordering a KB Sax
handcrafted neck, please tell us the brand, model and serial number of
your saxophone. It is helpful if you can have the tenon of your current
neck and/or tenon receiver on your horn measured by a professional. At
this point in time, we do not ship our tenon receiver measuring gauges
to international customers. We will send you a neck for your saxophone
based on the information you provided us with, but you may have to have
the neck fitted by a professional in your area to ensure a perfect fit.
Neck Making Process
The KB Sax
saxophone necks are made in a unique and
saxophone neck is made by forming a metal sheet around
a mandrel to create a conical tube. The tube is then bent over a form
to give it the specific shape of a saxophone neck. Some parts of the
metal are stretched much more than others, resulting in a neck which
has varying wall thickness.
KB Sax handcrafted
necks on the other hand, are made by stamping out the two halves/sides
of the neck, which are then silver soldered together to create the neck
tube. This results in a neck tube with a much more uniform wall
thickness throughout. We believe this is part of the reason these necks
sound and feel so resonant compared to other necks.
maintaining tolerances of +/- 0.002” (two thousands of an inch)
throughout production, we ensure consistency in quality and sound. By
keeping all the production in house, we have 100% quality control and
we play test each neck extensively to ensure it meets our
Great neck. It blows away my SBA necks and it is a step up from the #6
prototype – tonally very happy with it.”
Redwood brass on
“When you first play the KB Sax handcrafted neck, the feeling is
liberating. There is a striking improvement in overall dynamic range,
evenness of response and tonal flexibility. Kim Bock's design and
creation has taken one giant step for the saxophone.”
Redwood bronze on
early Mark VI
“It has the immediacy of response that I look for with a richness of
all the overtones ringing!”
Redwood brass on
early Mark VI
find the added Buzz, Clarity and Dynamic range the KB Sax 'Redwood'
Handcrafted Necks gives me a New Vibration in the body of my various
horns. Try one and you'll feel what I mean!!!"
Redwood copper on
Redwood brass on
was shocked by the focus and power of these necks when I first tried
them. Paradoxically, they felt both wider and more directed than my
Mark VI neck. I must have played nearly 20 necks that first day, and
every one was better than the neck I'd been using. I haven't looked
Redwood brass on
Selmer Mark VI
KB Sax 'Redwood' neck is one of the best necks I've ever played.
There's an ideal blend of high/mid/lows with a warm emphasis in the mid
range that produces a wonderful array of colors. Lovin' it! Home run!”