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I think the general wisdom is to keep your horn in your case when not playing, but I wonder, if you play every day, if it might be better for the horn (assuming you are home) to leave it out on its stand so it can dry out more thoroughly.

Any thoughts on this?
 

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Answer - if....

you have children - in the case
you have pets - in the case
you have cleaners come in - in the case
you get drunk, even occasionally, - in the case
you even occasionally have sex anywhere other than the bedroom - in the case
you engage in foreplay anywhere other than the bedroom - in the case
you sleep-walk - in the case
you watch the soccer or motor-racing - in the case
you think your dancing is better than Michael Jackson's - in the case
you live in an earthquake prone area - in the case
your horn can be seen from the window - in the case
 

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On a stand causes dust to land on the edges of keys where the oil holds it. Tarnish developes on the horn and a stand scratches the body. The only time I have used a stand is in a pit and even then if I can fit the case next to me, I set the horn on the closed case.
 

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Leaving the sax on the stand makes me more likely to think about it and want to want to play it. The primary purpose of the sax is enjoyment, and leaving it out brings me more enjoyment. Saxes are pretty. In my household the extra dust buildup is not a big deal. The wall mount sax stands are great if you have small children, pets, of like to do wild dancing and karate.

For wooden and silver instruments I always put them in the case.
 

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Leaving the sax on the stand makes me more likely to think about it and want to want to play it. The primary purpose of the sax is enjoyment, and leaving it out brings me more enjoyment. Saxes are pretty. In my household the extra dust buildup is not a big deal. The wall mount sax stands are great if you have small children, pets, of like to do wild dancing and karate.

For wooden and silver instruments I always put them in the case.
+1 for wall mount

As soon as I can go shopping again, I intend to buy a glass fronted wall mount cabinet large enough to "frame" the sax, and to set it up on the wall of my man cave. At the top of the sides I plan to have air holes with dust filters. If I cannot find one the right proportions I will have another project to keep me busy on wet days when I cannot play golf (assuming the golf course opens again). Proper padding and storing it uptight will ensure least amount of damage and reduce stresses which might be caused in the case

I gain an ornament and a safe place to store the sax, and still have it handy whenever I want
 

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I consider it safe to say that everyone would enjoy an environment where they didn't have to worry about dangers and air quality and humidity etc and threats of tarnishing where they could leave their instruments on (safe) display. An ideal music room most of us dream of! In reality very few of us actually enjoy such luxuries - if you have an environment where you can keep your horns safe while on display - go for it.
 

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Let it dry, on the stand, after a swab and short time with the pad saver, then in the case.
Once again, brother DM has it correct, as far as I am concerned.

Once I am pretty sure that my practice for the day is complete, the horns go in the cases.

They stay out over night sometimes, but not too often.

And only then because my son has moved into his own apartment (congratulations!), and I have the room.
 

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I think that the better choiche is in a open case, on a table
 

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Answer - if....

you have children - in the case
you have pets - in the case
you have cleaners come in - in the case
you get drunk, even occasionally, - in the case
you even occasionally have sex anywhere other than the bedroom - in the case
you engage in foreplay anywhere other than the bedroom - in the case
you sleep-walk - in the case
you watch the soccer or motor-racing - in the case
you think your dancing is better than Michael Jackson's - in the case
you live in an earthquake prone area - in the case
your horn can be seen from the window - in the case
As I sort of assumed, there is no real consensus on this. That said, I love Hassles' response above.
I practice a lot in the evening and I imagine pads and the interior of the horn takes hours to dry completely, even if completely exposed to air and properly swabbed.
In my case, the best approach might be to leave it on its stand overnight and put it in the case when I wake up, but that would rarely if ever happen. I'm not compulsive enough.
That said, the horn has done pretty well for itself since it was made in 1955. I imagine it was probably through a lot in the beatnik and hippie eras. Maybe my question is a bit compulsive.
 

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As I sort of assumed, there is no real consensus on this. That said, I love Hassles' response above.
I practice a lot in the evening and I imagine pads and the interior of the horn takes hours to dry completely, even if completely exposed to air and properly swabbed.
In my case, the best approach might be to leave it on its stand overnight and put it in the case when I wake up, but that would rarely if ever happen. I'm not compulsive enough.
That said, the horn has done pretty well for itself since it was made in 1955. I imagine it was probably through a lot in the beatnik and hippie eras. Maybe my question is a bit compulsive.
There is an alternative to that, swab the sax and put it in the case once you're done for the night, but leave the case open. Then in the morning all you need to do is shut the lid close. That is what I do as a routine.

I found a great solution to keep the case at waste height, which makes this process really simple and convenient:
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?344264-saxophone-drying-storage-station&p=3773898
 

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I have a sax on the stand all the time I can grab and play.
I have another sax in a case ready to grab on the way out the door for gigs.

Since I got rid of my 86,xxx and play Taiwanese and vintage Keilwerths, I can afford to have a bunch tenors lying around. And BTW I LOVE my German and Taiwanese tenors. I bought them very cheap prices used, and they are GREAT.
 

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I leave them out except for the clarinet. I have to take it apart to swab it so there';s no sense in putting it back together to put it on the stand. I want them there so I can just pick them up and play whenever I want which is nearly every day.

No kids. (At home)
One lazy older cat.
No wild sex.
No dancing or karate.
No earthquakes here in the Central Valley.
I told the cleaning lady to keep away and let me do the dusting and vacuuming.

I've only had a problem once when my clarinet got knocked over and the Ab key was bent. Nobody would fess up to it but it was probably the cleaning lady. I took it in to get it fixed and ended up with a $500 repad clean and adjust. First time in the shop since I got it in the 70s so it held up pretty well. I know, don't say it.

As far as dust or corrosion. Nah, you gotta be kidding. My tenor is as old as I am and it's not showing any signs of corrosion yet. Maybe if I lived in a humid environment like New Orleans or Florida. Not here. The air is clean and dry and the sun shines every day. This is California. 馃槈
 

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On a stand....use a pillow case or other covering for dust protection, this is a must.
I use these...

https://www.zazzle.com/hip_musician_badger_saxophone_customizable_pillowcase-256057106932702558

King for bari, standard for everything else.
Who wouldn't want a badger playing saxophone covering their sax?

Silver horns on stands are in blue Haggerty bags.
I'd snag the bag on a key and bend something. I just wipe my horns down with a soft cloth when they get dusty.
 

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+1 for wall mount

As soon as I can go shopping again, I intend to buy a glass fronted wall mount cabinet large enough to "frame" the sax, and to set it up on the wall of my man cave. At the top of the sides I plan to have air holes with dust filters. If I cannot find one the right proportions I will have another project to keep me busy on wet days when I cannot play golf (assuming the golf course opens again). Proper padding and storing it uptight will ensure least amount of damage and reduce stresses which might be caused in the case

I gain an ornament and a safe place to store the sax, and still have it handy whenever I want
This sounds pretty cool for my space- moving to a new house soon and changing everything up- I've never seen anything like this.
 

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So your sax will literally be "under glass" which in case you didn't know, is an expression for something dead, or in a laboratory being studied under a microscope... or in untouchable and in a museum, like the Mona Lisa is "under glass." Maybe your sax IS something from a museum? But that idea sounds way too complicated.

Unless you have kids/pets etc, leaving it out on a sturdy stand is so much easier, or in my case since I live in a seismically active zone, on the couch...

+1 for wall mount

As soon as I can go shopping again, I intend to buy a glass fronted wall mount cabinet large enough to "frame" the sax, and to set it up on the wall of my man cave. At the top of the sides I plan to have air holes with dust filters. If I cannot find one the right proportions I will have another project to keep me busy on wet days when I cannot play golf (assuming the golf course opens again). Proper padding and storing it uptight will ensure least amount of damage and reduce stresses which might be caused in the case

I gain an ornament and a safe place to store the sax, and still have it handy whenever I want
 
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