here's a freak accident. I'd been using this new strap with a comfortable leather band, cord, and a simple open metal hook. I assembled the horn, warmed up to make sure everything worked, and left the strap draped over the neck rather than walk around with it on like a geek. later, putting on the horn for the first tune, I hooked a spring on the pad just above right hand F (the pad linked to F#), and busted the spring clean off the hole! basically, every G became F#, which I'm sure someone will joke is fine for a rock gig, but maybe I like my 9ths flat. anyway, since I was close to home I scooted and grabbed another horn. I've since switched to the Jacques Strap, which also doubles as unique neckwear.