You really might need an oboe swab. I forgot exactly what I used, but I had to make the swab (probably a clarinet or soprano sax swab) smaller by cutting the swab nearly in half. It was pulling through but with too much resistance. If the weight is too big then you also need to cut it off also. The nylon cord is heavy and long enough to drop through without much trouble. Mike
I agree with TJ... - I use a clarinet swab with my straight sopranino, but have had to modify it somewhat for my curved 'nino (yes, he said GASsily - an Orsi) by significantly cutting down the size of the weight on the end of the cord. The original was too long/big to make either the short turn at the curvy's bow or the small curve at the neck.
Oldbluesman: I wouldn't worry too much about it. I rarely swab out my saxophones and when I had a 'nino, I didn't swab it. It played fine. If you feel the need to clean it, an occasional pass with a rifle-rod and patch should do it.
I know - I know - this subject (swabbing saxophone) comes and goes regularly on SOTW and there is no concensus. Some do, some don't. DAVE
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