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allansto

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Ive got a question that some of you more experienced horn players might have a cure for.

during periods of extended playing/practice say 1/2 hour or more i get the condensation dripping out of my b hole
and on to my c finger and its really annoying, because then my c finger becomes slippery.
does anyone have any tips on how I could perhaps catch or stop the drips.
or Am I just being a whinger.
Regards
Allansto
 

jbtsax

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I have had exactly the same experience! It seemed to be worse when the instrument was cold. What I tried to do was to get the body of the sax warm before playing extensively and to be conscious of the angle of the saxophone---expecially during breaks in the playing. If you can imagine the path of the water to the C and B toneholes, try to hold the saxophone so that the path of the water misses these two "collection wells". I also got into the habit of taking the neck off the sax at certain intervals and running a clarinet hanky swab through it to wipe out the moisture. It never happens to me on alto, just tenor so it must have to do with the angle of the horn when playing.
 

ChrisC

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Many thanks - I have encountered the same issue but thought I was dribbling because of a bad embouchure (not surprising after only owning a sax for a couple of days)
 

Colin the Bear

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I have a cloth in the case at all times for wiping up general moisture produced when playing. It's bad playing outside when it's cold. Freezing fingers.

There's a joke I'm desperately trying not to crack.



The Bari is terrible for it. The moisture collects in the bend and has a drain hole like a trumpet. I get an egg cup full out at regular intervals.
 

allansto

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I have had exactly the same experience! It seemed to be worse when the instrument was cold. What I tried to do was to get the body of the sax warm before playing extensively and to be conscious of the angle of the saxophone---expecially during breaks in the playing. If you can imagine the path of the water to the C and B toneholes, try to hold the saxophone so that the path of the water misses these two "collection wells". I also got into the habit of taking the neck off the sax at certain intervals and running a clarinet hanky swab through it to wipe out the moisture. It never happens to me on alto, just tenor so it must have to do with the angle of the horn when playing.
thanx jb
yeah!!!!!!!!!!!! But Im not intending on sacrificing comfort or style or qulity for a little thing such as this .

What I was thinking someone might say is that they wear a little endless dribble sock on thier c finger to soak it up.
Sort of like a single glove finger without an end in it , made of cotton or toweling or something.
possibly an idea i will try when I get a chance to buy a cheap pair of cotton gloves and cut a finger off it.
Regards
Allansto
 

Tenor Viol

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When I play in the orchestra on Saturdays, you can always tell where the brass players have been sitting by the wet marks on the floor! Most have a cloth strategically located on the floor.
 

kevgermany

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When I play in the orchestra on Saturdays, you can always tell where the brass players have been sitting by the wet marks on the floor! Most have a cloth strategically located on the floor.
Even worse to sit behind the bassoons...
 

Targa

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When I play in the orchestra on Saturdays, you can always tell where the brass players have been sitting by the wet marks on the floor! Most have a cloth strategically located on the floor.
Can't you house train them?
 

jbtsax

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This brass player has been trained to play four instruments at one time, so I suppose anything is possible. Although he does look like he needs to use the bathroom.
 

MandyH

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Can't you house train them?
I am house trained.....my teacher and I both play bari in a local ensemble, we drain the baris into a hanky or tissue, male bari players I know just drain onto the floor!
 
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