Hey guys. Just wondering...
We all know how the side C/Bb ball joint mechanism on the later Mark VI didn't work out too well. Over the years the metal wore out and now we have to deal with figuring out a way to repair the noisiness using various methods - I've seen guys use solder, tubing, grease, cutting the ball in half, and some guys just deal with it. Anyway, I have no idea why on earth someone at Yamaha thought that going back to this, on their top of the line horn 875ex was a good idea! This mechanism has been proven to not work! So, unless they did something different (and by the looks of it they didn't), I imagine 30 years form now the same thing will happen.
My question: have any of you (repair techs) tried replacing 875ex side C and Bb with the ones from the Custom Z? Comparing the two horns, they look identical, except for the EX's ball and socket setup. Before I actually try it myself, though, I wanted to see if anyone has already done it. And if so, do you think this modification would be a good thing to start recommending to customers who buy the Custom EX? I mean the parts are certainly available and it wouldn't be too hard to order the parts and simply slap them on there - that is, if they actually do fit of course.
I personally feel like the Custom EX (the tenor in particular) is the best all around saxophone on the market today - perfect in every way, except for their decision to go with that, eventually, clanky ball and socket Side C/Bb mechanism!