THAT sounds more like it.My Saxophones get lubricated once a year, whether they need it or not.
I've had my sax over ten years and it's never been near a tech.Quite honestly, let's assume you are a caring owner and once a year you bring your horn in for a servicing (which you should...maybe twice a year if you play a whole lot). The lubing (and cleaning) would be done by the tech then...and you certainly should not have to lube it every few weeks or even every few months.
Who decides - you do, it's your sax.I was not oiling my YTS between the annual service, I played several hours every day, One day the action of F keys became slow and later it was stuck. How should we listen to? Is there really a problem with oiling the YTS as the manufactor recommend? Or drying the pads after you've played? Who decide what's right or wrong?
As much respect as I have for Matt (and it's a lot), I'm afraid the main thrust of his video is based on a fallacy - and his statement that oiling an assembled horn will lead to more damage than not oiling it at all is dreadfully, dreadfully wrong.And...here is the differing opinion (and I feel well-founded):
It's about practicalities.My take is that both are right but talking about slightly different situations.
It's like comparing a car driving less than 10k miles a year with one going over 30k miles. The first only requires maki g sure there is oil in the engine, while the second needs a proper oil change, or in other words a full service.
If you play several hours a day, then you may need a full service every year, but if like me you only play a few hours a week, you don't.
What Matt does, I'd do on a horn I purchased and don't know the history. Then I will not be bothered for a few years. Just monitor the response of the horn and do next to nothing unless it feels wrong or it's been a very long time since I took care of it.
With utmost respect to your expertise, I still firmly believe that lubricating via simply putting some oil on the seams of the key barrels isn't really going to actually do much of a job of lubricating, because really there is no way for oil to wick into and along the rods, away from those seams.As much respect as I have for Matt (and it's a lot), I'm afraid the main thrust of his video is based on a fallacy - and his statement that oiling an assembled horn will lead to more damage than not oiling it at all is dreadfully, dreadfully wrong.
I also feel it's a huge mistake to use that fallacy to dissuade players from oiling the action given that it's always been an uphill battle to instil in them the importance of basic maintenance.
In fairness though his video was made before certain pertinent facts about lubrication for horns came to light.
Interesting. All of the techs who's work I am familiar with firsthand, and that'd be a good 15 or so, when doing work which requires disassembly of keys, will always wipe down the rods and run a cleaner thru the barrels then re-lube before re-assembling. It is hardly a Cadillac service upgrade to do that. For me, and them apparently, it is a simple matter of - given the horn (or stack, or key cluster) is apart and parts so accessible at that point, it is a bit silly NOT to take an extra minute or so to do this. Why rely on the lube job which may have been done prior when you know your own standard and everything is apart ? ...the way I view it.It's about practicalities.
The strip, clean and lube service is the gold standard
Only one way to find out - set up an experiment and see what happens.With utmost respect to your expertise, I still firmly believe that lubricating via simply putting some oil on the seams of the key barrels isn't really going to actually do much of a job of lubricating, because really there is no way for oil to wick into and along the rods, away from those seams.
This isn't a matter of 'new information has come to light, IMHO...because honestly, the design of a sax (and its proper maintenance) hasn't changed much in the past 100 years.
Also, the notion that the post-to-barrel seams do collect dirt...that's sort of indisputable. So even if one wipes clean those seams externally, there is still grime in there.
Would it actually cause lapping effect ? Perhaps not. But would it partially be lubricating grime ? Yes, it would.
Would it really properly or even substantially lubricate the pivot rod ? I believe that claim is specious.