The craftsmanship that goes into each instrument by P. Mauriat is second to none. P. Mauriat saxophones are made from the best available materials to deliver a great sound and make your playing as most enjoyable as possible.
Our French brass and other metals are first carefully cut and folded. Then the initial shape of the bell goes through an annealing process (heated and cooled slowly) to allow the horn to be flexible during the shaping process. After the process of initial bell forming, each bell is hand hammered to a final shape.
A single saxophone body will be hammered as many as 400 times before proceeding to the next technician for final shaping. The Hand-Hammering process not only makes the metal harder and more rigid, but also gives P.Mauriat saxophones a great resonance, ring, and longer durability and this is what makes P.Mauriat saxophones so exceptional and unique.
P.Mauriat insists on applying the Hand-Hammering process instead of sending the instrument through a machine to shape because we believe that only the most classic and traditional technique can give our saxophones a great sound.
P.Mauriat's technicians will carefully examine the hand hammered bell and eliminate any that have even a tiny defect. The selected bells will be then hand burnished and annealed again to prepare for the surface finishing process.
The next step is creating the tone holes. Each tone hole is drawn from the saxophone one by one to ensure the precision and consistency required for excellent response and intonation.
When the saxophone body is prepared our lacquer process is applied by three separate stages in order to achieve a timeless, vintage look that will last for ages. The final step is hand engraving process which is masterfully accomplished with nothing more than a simple handheld tool and years of experience.
Once complete, each instrument is carefully inspected and tested by one of our full-time quality control artists to ensure that our customers receive the absolute finest instrument available.