Folks, yesterday at the music store one of the saxophone playing salesman told me the other one had to get his instrument repaired. He was in a club with his ax in a well-padded gig bag. Someone ran into him and screwed it up badly! I promise never to get a gig bag!
The hard foam cases that are handed out with TJ saxes offer pretty good protection. I've dropped mine twice from about 3 foot and only had to move the C guard a little after. The downside is that both times I dropped it was because of the appauling plastic clasps used to secure the over shoulder straps on either side of the outside lower end of the case.