Anyone else have this problem? Am getting painful joints in the base of my thumbs - but only from playing the sax. If I stop for a week or two it goes away, but a couple of practices and it's back again.
As for the strap ring position, any guides as to where it should be? Compared to say balance point, keys, angle at which the sax hangs from the strap? I'm a little loathe to have it moved (but will if necessary), the sax is an uncommon one, I'm guessing 60s manufacture, but in excellent condition, silver plated and I don't want to mess it up. The strap ring isn't directly attached to the body, but is on a small boss on the body.
maybe have a look at this
Moving neck strap rings, or, "why does my vintage sax hit me in the teeth?"
my left thumb is still in bad position, so i will move the rest.. and probably move the right thumb up a bit too
but moving the ring position down took a huge amount of strain off left thumb.. and probably saved my teeth!
can you measure the position of the ring and thumbrests, relative to the length of the horn?? (from bow to tenon)