Andrea Zermani


A passionate musician and musicologist, his love of music also extends to repairing and customising wind instruments and he set up the “Sax Mania” workshop to do so. After gaining his clarinet diploma from G. Nicolini Conservatory and a degree in musicology from the University of Pavia, his love of the saxophone took him throughout both Europe and the United States, where he met some of the world's greatest collectors and was able to gather a variety of material and documentation, most of it unavailable in Italy. The end result of the project is “Sax, lo strumento del mito” (Mondadori, March 2003) a book that celebrates the mythical status of this remarkable instrument. His current musical collaborations range widely, from big bands to symphony orchestras.

From Ice....

Ice-Tech is an extremely low-temperature, controlled-atmosphere, cryogenic process that can improve the mechanical characteristics of musical instruments made from a variety of metal alloys and extend their vibrational properties. Under computer control, the fascinating Ice-Tech cryogenic treatment slowly cools your
instrument, after careful examination, down to extremely low temperatures (-329F approx.), before gradually restoring it to ambient conditions.

Ice-Tech uses microprocessor based controls to regulate the cooling process by introducing liquid nitrogen mist into the chamber. Your instrument never comes into direct contact with the liquid nitrogen.


...to passion.

You'll notice an immediate improvement to your instrument in terms of the clarity and fluidity of the sounds it produces, as well as its timbre, harmonics, range, intonation and metal strength. During their construction, all musical instruments are treated in ways which
modify their vibrational characteristics to a greater or lesser degree.

Ice-Tech offers a sure-fire way to eliminate “grey areas” in even the finest instruments, as well as relieving the “molecular stresses” which can hamper the propagation of vibrations along the tube and improving your instrument's voice.
As a result, your instrument offers less resistance to sound and is more willing to
vibrate.


“It sounds better!”

This is the most common reaction of musicians who have tried out the Ice-Tech treatment. A lot of amateur and professional musicians, in Europe and the United States, have had their instrument treated and they have realised the full potential of their musical instruments thanks to cryogenic extension. The most commonly acknowledged benefits are sound production which is more immediate and fluid, richer harmonics (more energy to produce sound rather than overcome “obstacles”), easier to produce mellow and soft staccato sounds notes, or notes at the very end of the low, high or very high registers.
Because instruments which are more sensitive to variations have a tone that is easier to control.


Risk free

Before treatment, each instrument is examined and its general conditions assessed. However, unless any cork seals or bearings are already partially detached, there is absolutely no risk. The treatment, which lasts from 36 to 48 hours, doesn't affect varnishing or silver and gold plating, nor is there any risk of mechanical damage (keys, tone holes, valves, cylinders, etc.) or dimensional changes.

Of course, cryogenics can't turn a poor instrument into a top performer or solve problems of intonation due to insufficient maintenance. Neither can it correct badly placed holes or incorrect mechanical adjustment. But what it certainly can do is to “remove all the cobwebs”.

Ice-Tech:  Very low temperatures for very high performance