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Saxophones Assembling the sax

Targa

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What order do you prefer to assemble the sax?
When I taught my daughter to play I said put the MP on the crook, the reed on the MP then crook onto sax.
She's said that books and web sites say reed to MP, MP to crook then crook to sax or reed to MP, crook to sax then MP to crook.
The reason I do it my way is that pushing MP on to the crook you might move the lig slightly and also the reed so you have to set it again or you might even catch the reed and damage it.
Any thoughts for or against the order or does it matter?
 

Taz

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My personal routine is as follows, strap to sax, mouthpiece to crook, crook to sax, reed to mouthpiece... Blow! Disassemble in reverse order. :)
 

kevgermany

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You still need to adjust the mouthpiece on the neck to tune the horn after putting the reed on, so concerns about moving the lig are, to me, unnecessary. If the lig moves, it won't play right..

I go reed -> mpc-> crook, strap round neck, sax->strap, crook->sax. Warm sax, tune.

Minimises the chances of dropping something.
 

half diminished

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Yep, mp to crook then add the reed and finally fit to sax whilst it's on the stand or most likely attached to the strap and around my neck.

If I have to fit a new reed whilst playing I invariably remove the neck, fit the new reed and then refit to sax.
 

Pee Dee

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Just leave the thing assembled 'til you want to play it again, saves a lot of aggro! Pull it to bits, and wash the lot every now and again.
Mind you, I'm just a lazy b'tard:)))
 

MartinL

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:shocked:

So long as it all goes together and plays, does it matter?

I fit the reed first, then put the sax onto the strap, fit the neck then fit the mouthpiece myself.
 
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