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there's been a lot of media focus on enviromental issues lately, and i've been thinking about the impact of musical equipment. i figured it could potentially be an interesting discussion topic.

what instruments/mouthpieces/reeds/cases/ect. have the least amount of enviromental impact in terms of manufacture, packaging, recyclability (if applicable), etc? what would be the most enviromentally friendly total setup, top to bottom?
 

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what would be the most enviromentally friendly total setup, top to bottom?
The Bamboo saxophones made in South America which I've seen advertised on e-bay somewhere! :D :twisted:

Seriously, a musical instrument such as the saxophone has a number of issues when it comes to an enviromental impact evaluation, mainly that the materials have to be dug deep in the earth in countries which are seriously disrupted in the process (copper and zinc), that they have to be transported far away, melted and then made into sheet metal, retransported where the factories are (some parts are very often nickel plated which uses lots of energy to be done and it causes rest pollution), then made into saxophones and sent all over the world, from where they are produced. If anything the only thing is that they do not use energy to play (but your computer does that while we talk about it....). Reeds are rather enviromentally friendly, some even guaranteed to be produced without pesticides!

Another good enviromentally friedly way is to recycle and keep using old saxophones instead of producing new ones.....;)
 

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I think many of us must deal with contradictions in one way or another. Example: vegan saxophonists who use roo-pads!

I like milandro's idea of buying used and playing on vintage equipment. Gonzalez and Zonda reeds claim to be pesticide-free and basically "organic".
 

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When I'm at a gig, I never use the restroom. (No wasted water)

When I drink, I drink Scotch, single malt, from the highlands or islands, served neat in an old fashioned glass, no chaser. (No wasted water)



Frankly, I can think of only two waste products generated from each gig: my wireless mic battery and me!
 

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I don't throw horns in the trash...no matter what.
if you really have to....... put them at least in the special bin for metal recycling.....

Anybody recycling a Mark VI this way? Even with a few dents.... don't worry, I'll recycle it for you, I'll pay for sending it over to me.....thank you :cool:......:twisted:
 

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well it is a bit like saying that life is a dangerous thing it brings inevitably to dying!
Any form of human activity can contain potential environmental hazards dangerous to the very nature around usand a threat to the human existence on the planet but there are many more things we do everyday which are for sure more harmful than producing and buying or even playing saxophone.
 

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The major impact on our environment is not the acutal instrumetns themselves as much as it is packaging. Take WWBW's practice of using bnoxes and packing that is much too large for the products they ship. Also, think if the plastic reed holders in the rico boxes. I save them for a slew of vintage reeds I have and recycle them as long as possible.

It is the ulimate consumerism (use and discard) that is more affecting. As was said earlier. I have never thrown a sax away. Or a mouthpiece or ligature for that matter.
 

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toasty1 said:
there's been a lot of media focus on enviromental issues lately, and i've been thinking about the impact of musical equipment. i figured it could potentially be an interesting discussion topic.

what instruments/mouthpieces/reeds/cases/ect. have the least amount of enviromental impact in terms of manufacture, packaging, recyclability (if applicable), etc? what would be the most enviromentally friendly total setup, top to bottom?
All parts of a sax are a renewable resource if you never throw it away or waste playing bad music with it.

Cane is regrown year after year, ligatures , mouthpieces and the like are constantly resold over and over again "Creating" a need and desire to keep on collecting, thus conserving by preserving, more and more GAS.

The sotw community is in full blown conservation accumulation mode and is doing its part to keep saxes and their paraphernalia safe and securely preserved to insure no environmental impact will occur from waste.

Other than this thread there is little waste in the saxophone world, due to the unbelievable dedication of SOTW and its alliance with the GAS collectors extraordinaire that sacrifice family and friends to acquire the next best rarest one of a kind thing.

Excuse me now I must go save the planet by acquiring something special that cost too much has little use and looks cool.
 

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I heard that while on an ocean cruise, Kenny G hit a note so shrill that it killed several baby seals. These seal carcasses floated into the shipping lane. As a result, a nearby tanker hit an iceberg and spilled several thousand gallons of crude into the ocean. A fire on-board the tanker caused a caustic cloud to engulf a group of seagulls nearby who all flew back to the mainland to poison the wildlife that preyed on their carcasses.


That may have been a long shot, but we should stop Kenny G before he destroys the earth. One note at a time!;)
 
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