How the Saxophone is Made
Making the bell

Before welding, the bell is shaped like a fan. The edges of that single brass sheet are brought together and welded, and the welded part is put through a machine called a seam roller to make it smooth.

The bell before welding (left) Sparks fly as the welder works (right)

The bell before welding (left) Sparks fly as the welder works (right)

The basic shape of the bell is created by hammering with a wooden hammer. (Custom models)

Hammering

Hammering

A lead die is applied to the brass tube, which is already funnel-shaped, to form the bell.

Lead die

Lead die