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davidk

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There are several saxophone neck straps on the market with split left and right pads. The idea behind having a gap in the middle of the padding is to relieve pressure on the vertebral column, reducing the risk of trapped nerves and spinal damage.

Examples of such straps are the Cebulla Sax-Strap, Just Joe's Sax Gel Strap and the B.Air Bird Strap. All of these straps have a leather neck piece with a cord attached.

Protec makes a similar product called the Leather Less-Stress strap, available with a standard or wide adjuster. In addition, they make a version with a nylon strap. This has thick neoprene padding, stitched into a ridged pattern. This strap uses nylon webbing rather than a cord. It's this nylon version that I'm reviewing here.

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This strap is only available with one hook style. This is a rubber covered metal hook, designed to have the strength of metal, but with the covering preventing wear to your saxophone's sling ring. This works in use, although care needs to be taken when attaching and releasing the hook, as the catch is bare metal. Also, if the hook is attached when cleaning the saxophone, the metal parts could scratch the body of the saxophone. This might occur when feeding a pull through swab through the body of the horn.

The length of the strap is controlled by an adjuster similar to that found on the shoulder straps of bags. It is easy to adjust, and stays put once adjusted.

The nylon webbing is strong and is attached to the neck piece with strong stitching. However it doesn't sit flat against the body. It is the thin edges of the webbing that sit against the chest. I haven't found this to be a problem when the strap is in use, but it causes the strap to twist if worn without the saxophone attached.

The neck piece of the strap is its best feature. It is thickly padded with comfortable neoprene. It doesn't bounce, and it doesn't stick when worn directly against the skin. The nylon backing is available in the black colour shown here, a muted green colour, or hot pink.

The things I like about this strap are the neck piece material, the split left and right padding and the fact that it doesn't slip. Additional features I would like include a non-metal hook option and webbing that lies flat or a cord. A cord would also allow the option of an extra wide adjuster, as used on the leather straps.

In conclusion, if a nylon neck piece like this was available on the Cebulla Sax-Strap, I would have my perfect strap.
 
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Nick Wyver

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And it doesn't slip? After a couple of hours it's still in exactly the same position?
 

Ivan

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Looks like a strap

But

Any quasi-medical tosh about trapped nerves, pressure on vertebrae and occlusion of blood vessels ought to be served with a plate of derision washed down with a pint of scepticism

A load-bearing strap around the neck inevitably puts pressure on the vertebrae otherwise your head will fall off

Your strap can't trap the nerves emerging from your spinal cord that travel to your arms because they are buried deeply under muscle

You can't squish the arteries to you head and brain with a neck strap because the load is behind and the vesslels are in front

The only way you could occlude the arteries would be a apply a garotte but I doubt these super straps would sell so well if they came with the accurate claim, "Guaranteed not to throttle you. Never used by a Spanish Executioner"
 

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Looks like a strap

But

Any quasi-medical tosh about trapped nerves, pressure on vertebrae and occlusion of blood vessels ought to be served with a plate of derision washed down with a pint of scepticism

A load-bearing strap around the neck inevitably puts pressure on the vertebrae otherwise your head will fall off

Your strap can't trap the nerves emerging from your spinal cord that travel to your arms because they are buried deeply under muscle

You can't squish the arteries to you head and brain with a neck strap because the load is behind and the vesslels are in front

The only way you could occlude the arteries would be a apply a garotte but I doubt these super straps would sell so well if they came with the accurate claim, "Guaranteed not to throttle you. Never used by a Spanish Executioner"
I adore your cheery outlook Ivan.....your glass is always half full......................>:)
 

davidk

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Looks like a strap

But

Any quasi-medical tosh about trapped nerves, pressure on vertebrae and occlusion of blood vessels ought to be served with a plate of derision washed down with a pint of scepticism

A load-bearing strap around the neck inevitably puts pressure on the vertebrae otherwise your head will fall off

Your strap can't trap the nerves emerging from your spinal cord that travel to your arms because they are buried deeply under muscle

You can't squish the arteries to you head and brain with a neck strap because the load is behind and the vesslels are in front

The only way you could occlude the arteries would be a apply a garotte but I doubt these super straps would sell so well if they came with the accurate claim, "Guaranteed not to throttle you. Never used by a Spanish Executioner"
To be fair to Protec, the bit about trapped nerves and spinal damage was added by me based on what I'd read on other web sites. All Protec have to say on the matter is:

  • Separate left/right neckpads to reduce pressure to middle spine

- David
 

Ivan

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To be fair to Protec, the bit about trapped nerves and spinal damage was added by me based on what I'd read on other web sites. All Protec have to say on the matter is:

  • Separate left/right neckpads to reduce pressure to middle spine

- David
Yes

Sorry David

I sometimes go into anti-quackery rant mode

And yes that claim is innocuous enough
 

davidk

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And it doesn't slip? After a couple of hours it's still in exactly the same position?
OK, I've tried this out this morning. When I hooked up the strap the saxophone was at the correct height, with the strap set to the position where I'd left it after taking it off at the end of the previous session. I've been playing half an hour with the saxophone around my neck, and the adjuster didn't slip. I changed the length once about 10 minutes into the session once the padding had compressed.

Hope this helps. The straps cost just over £21 in the UK including postage from Protec's Amazon store.

- David
 

Nick Wyver

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Thanks.

Hmm...

"Do I need 20 slings?" is the question.

Oh. 5 month delivery. I don't think I'll bother.
 
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