Saxophone Neck Stories
I remember renting a horn and signed up for summer school that taught how to play saxophone and the guy says “ok, put your sax together” so i took it out of the case and sure enough I put it together like this… I was putting the sax neck on the horn and I ended up like this and went to go play it and I went to grab it thinking, well the bell should be away from the body which it was and it was like this and that’s wrong.
You can’t blow like this. Yes, so mistakes are made, that’s obviously wrong. You put it in like this, it goes straight inline with your bell and if its really really tight to get in, you would want a repair man to loosen this top of your sax up a bit, and also if its really really loose he can loosen that, its an adjustable thing. You want it to fit fairly snug, but easy enough to put in and out and then just finish tightening it with that little screw there.
Ok next is the strap, i like these straps with a nice padding so when it fits on your neck and your sax is pulling it down it doesn’t hurt your neck. This string here I like because I could be wearing a suit or something and it doesn’t get in the way of the suit… after all, style is important.
The other thing is this mechanism here. if its cheap it will pull down little by little as you’re playing and you will keep having to pull it up and that’s a drag. This is a real cheap one, it gouges your neck and sometimes they have theses little metal tabs here holding on the string and it will gouge your neck here and that will hurt and that’s no good. Well that’s about it for now. See you soon.
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