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Pee Dee

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It just take me about five minutes to get my sax ready for the next seance.

Thomas
Sax at a seance? Never thought of that! I think i'll try that next time, could be interesting, a tuneful communication from the other side:w00t:
All those passed over great sax players who could link - great:D
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Djangette

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KEEP IT CLEAN AND DRY!

I don't want to worry you, but I know of a saxplayer who used to keep his reed/mp together all the time for ages ... when he did have to change reed there was a horrible build-up of gunk and yucky stuff and I swear there were things moving. Ewwwwww

No point in sterilising everything, just dry the reed, dry the mp, use pullthru on crook - there's mops for mps and crooks, but I'm not sure if they're better than letting air get to those pieces ???

For those of a strong constitution .... THE PRESENCE OF CLINICALLY SIGNIFICANT BACTERIA WITHIN BRASS AND WOODWIND INSTRUMENTS

If that's not enough you can read about Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis - Sax Lung (Antigen source - mouthpiece, probably antigen - Candida albicans) here .... http://www.moldacrossamerica.org/HP%20lesson%206%20PCCU.pdf
 
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TomMapfumo

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Very good point and thanks for the info. As someone on anti rejection medication (kidney and pancreas transplants) I do take these things very seriously, and found both articles very useful.

Maybe sax players do drink excessively in order to wash away the germs that accumulate in their gunk filled unclean mouthpiece/reed set-ups.;}:

Kind regards
Tom:cool:
 

thehunt

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Mostly leave my sax on the stand so i can put it together quickly, i do tend to clean my sax with a pullthrough at least twice a week and put in pad savers. It won't do any harm, my reeds i also put away in a case so they can dry out. Having spent nearly two grand on my horn, i think it deserves a little tlc. But that's just me.
 

Pee Dee

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KEEP IT CLEAN AND DRY!

I don't want to worry you, but I know of a saxplayer who used to keep his reed/mp together all the time for ages ... when he did have to change reed there was a horrible build-up of gunk and yucky stuff and I swear there were things moving. Ewwwwww

No point in sterilising everything, just dry the reed, dry the mp, se pullthru on crook - there's mops for mps and crooks, but I'm not sure if they're better than letting air get to those pieces ???

For those of a strong constitution .... THE PRESENCE OF CLINICALLY SIGNIFICANT BACTERIA WITHIN BRASS AND WOODWIND INSTRUMENTS

If that's not enough you can read about Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis - Sax Lung (Antigen source - mouthpiece, probably antigen - Candida albicans) here .... http://www.moldacrossamerica.org/HP%20lesson%206%20PCCU.pdf
I wish I hadn't read that! Now I'm worried. What these sites don't seem to tell you is how to counteract these bugs. Is mouthwash enough, or do they need to be soaked in whiskey? Sounds good to me:mrcool
 
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Luluna

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No wonder the bassoon player who sits next to me in band has a wooden case full of glass vials containing "reed solution" a/k/a VODKA!

I don't know about all this "gunk" business - the "reed solution" seems to do the job!

:D
 
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