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 NYC and are custom fit to vintage and modern
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 ongoing
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,
- Jerry Bergonzi talks about his KB Sax necks
- Nick Biello on KB Sax Vanguard M-61 brass tenor sax neck
- Bob Sheppard on KB Sax necks & Retro Revival mouthpieces
The KB Sax handcrafted
saxophone necks come in two different models: Vanguard and Redwood.
Within these models, there are different
metals available, each of which have their own specific sound and
Vanguard has been developed to have the core focus situated in the
high mid-tone area resulting in a slender, highly centered tone with a
very resonant quality and a really strong projection. It is very quick
responding, has incredible dynamic range and retains the same precise
intonation as the Redwood model.
Vanguard necks are close in sound and tonal response to the later
Selmer Super Balanced Action but with the added benefit of precise
intonation, easier produced and more stable altissimo range and a sound
quality that is very consistent from top to bottom.
are making the Vanguard in different metals: M-61 brass, hand
hammered copper, bronze and hand hammered bronze
developed a heat treatment method
(precipitation hardening/“aging”) for the specific M-61 alloy which
allows us to harden the neck tube and bring out the exact tonal color
of this metal. The result is a neck with a very smooth frequency curve
and a concentration of sound in the high mid-tone area.
Vanguard M-61 brass
is our most mid-tone focused neck. The sound concentration is in the
high mid-tone frequencies resulting in a very punchy and direct feeling
neck. It is the neck of ours with the most back pressure/least free
blowing (a very good kind of resistance - reminiscent of an 86,xxx Mark
VI) which makes the articulation feel quick, the tonal feedback feel
narrow and shapeable and enables a huge dynamic expressiveness. You
experience that all your energy goes into activating a highly resonant
and tight beam of sound.
using a process of hand hammering the copper neck tube after it is
formed. It serves several purposes: It hardens the metal, making it as
strong and pull-down resistant as a brass neck and it also give the
neck its specific tonal sound and response characteristics.
Vanguard hand hammered copper has the same mid-tone focused qualities
as the M-61 brass. It differs by having slightly less resistance and
feeling a little freer blowing. The sound is rich and complex with some
added lower mid-tone color, yet retaining the strong resonant
projection of the Vanguard line.
developed a specially timed heat treatment of our bronze (tin-copper
alloy) that ensures high tensile strength and resonance.
Vanguard bronze retains the strong mid-tone core sound and focus of the
Vanguard model. It is the most free blowing and "spread" playing in the
line. It is brighter than the Hand Hammered Copper although there is a
certain warm sizzle combine with the
punchy focus that is highly reminiscent of the more focused of the
early Mark VIses (like mid 80,xxx).
hammering our Vanguard bronze neck tube compacts and hardens the metal
and brings out specific sound and response characteristics.
Vanguard Hand Hammered Bronze is our brightest neck. The brightness is
perfectly balanced out by the rich mid-tone presence. It is the least
resistant of the Vanguard necks yet retains the strong core projection
of the line. Very powerful and resonant and reminiscent of the best of
the mid-period SBA necks.
Redwood line is our original KB Sax neck and was inspired by the sound
and tonal feel of the early Selmer Super Balanced Action. It features a
colorful mid-toney core sound that maintains a powerful focus from the
bottom of the horn and throughout the altissimo range as well as at any
to the Vanguard line, the Redwood necks are slightly less mid-tone
concentrated and feel a little more open and spread. An analogy would
be the difference between early Super Balanced Action (like Redwood)
and late Super Balanced Action (like Vanguard).
make the Redwood in C-69 brass and Hand hammered copper.
Redwood C-69 brass has 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 altissimo range.
There is a
great clarity and direct presence in the Redwood C-69 brass. It stays
incredibly round and centered at all volume levels and while it is a
focused neck it has a multidimensional or layered sound quality. It has
the most core-weight resistance of the Redwood line which enables great
the Vanguard, for the Redwood Hand Hammered Copper we are using a
process of hand hammering the copper neck tube after it is formed. It
serves several purposes: It hardens the metal, making it as strong and
pull-down resistant as a brass neck and it also give the neck its
specific tonal sound and response characteristics.
to the Redwood brass, the Hand Hammered Copper is a more complex
sounding neck with the dominant core sound being slightly darker. There
is a smooth brightness with warm undertones. Where the Redwood brass
has a very straight and direct sound column, the Hand Hammered Copper
is more complex and rich sounding.
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, at
our shop, call or email us.
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 - you can purchase our necks by phone or email. Please email us your address
if you wish to obtain 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.
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
- Watch the making of the KB Sax handcrafted necks
Great neck. It blows away my SBA necks and it is a step up from the #6
prototype – tonally very happy with it.”
brass & Vanguard
brass on Selmer
“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.”
bronze on early Mark
VI & Redwood
brass on Selmer SBA
“It has the immediacy of response that I look for with a richness of
all the overtones ringing!”
copper & Vanguard
HH copper on early
Selmer 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!!!"
copper on Borgani
& Selmer SBA
"When I play I desire freedom, and that's what KB Sax necks offer."
Bronze on P Mauriat
Photo: Petra Richterova
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
brass on Selmer
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!”