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I have one of those rope lights that have gotten me by as a leak light for my horns. However, I just can't get it up high enough in my curved Conn soprano to check the upper end. I'm not looking for anything commercial that would cost a bundle. Just need a flexible scope of some sort, or small strong bulb on a wire. If anyone has constructed something like this, or knows of something at a hardware store that would do the job, I'd be most appreciative for the help.
 

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You should be able to meet your needs with a single LED and a wall wart (power supply) of appropriate voltage and current capacity.

I don't recall seeing individual LEDs at the hardware store, but I visited a local LED specialist when we did a kitchen renovation, and they had spools of ribbon cables with LEDs. You just cut the ribbon to length for how many LEDs you want, and solder on a wire pair that connects to a low voltage power supply. You probably already have several spare power supplies around the house from old phones, chargers, etc. You might find the LED ribbons at an auto supply shop in the "Custom" aisle.
 

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The "ribbon" led strips pushed up through the low C tonehole with the key removed would get you most of the way. The soprano's bore would probably be too small for that to reach up to the palm keys. I made a small single bulb leak light out of an LED "flashlght" key fob to light the inside of sax necks. I think it only cost a dollar or two to purchase. It does take a bit of soldering skill and some extra insulated wire.


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I put together a home made leak light consisting of an 8-led USB flexible lamp, (Daffodil USB LED Light - 8 Super Bright LED Reading Lamp)
A six-foot male-to-female USB data cord,
and a USB wall adapter.

All ordered off Amazon for $14 about 5 years ago. Breaks down into a very small package. Will all fit easily into a ziploc sandwich bag. The flexible lamp should make it around the bow of your soprano sax. If not look for something more like a 4-led USB reading lamp.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out!
 

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I got one on Ebay. Has a flexible arm with single LED at the end. Instrument Clinic seems to have something similar but in kits. I'm not sure if they will sell them separately.
 

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I use my usual leak light - a 4.8volt, 0.75 amp Krypton incandescent bulb, attached to a wire (via a not-totally-necessary, home-made holder). Ie old style, non-screw torch bulb that was used in extra bright torches.
I would put it in through a tone hole after taking off the low C or Eb key. I tried an LED in the same holder (with 12 volts) but it was not as durable.

Eg https://www.amazon.com/CEC-Industri...ton+bulb+4.8v&qid=1565911879&s=gateway&sr=8-9

Although strip lights are pretty, I don't use them because they flood too much light out of tone holes adjacent to where I am working, undoing the effects of my darkened room.
 

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I put together a home made leak light consisting of an 8-led USB flexible lamp, (Daffodil USB LED Light - 8 Super Bright LED Reading Lamp)
A six-foot male-to-female USB data cord,
and a USB wall adapter.
I got one on Ebay. Has a flexible arm with single LED at the end.
This is basically the route I took. For three bucks, I picked up a flexible LED mini-lamp:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/3825171875...::&pgrp=main:email&e=cl&mchn=em&s=ci&mail=sys.

Another three bucks or so for an extension cord:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/3912188553...::&pgrp=main:email&e=cl&mchn=em&s=ci&mail=sys

I already had a wall plug for USB, so for just a little bit over six bucks, I got a very serviceable leak light for a fixed neck curved soprano. I basically ran a string through the horn, pulled it out the bell and tied it to the lamp end. Pulled it up through the horn to where I wanted it and found three leaks up top that I had missed. The lamp on this thing is pretty small, gets around the bow with no problem... and almost is thin enough to fit through the neck. Almost.

Though this little thing is pretty bright, I'm not going to compare it to what band instrument repairers might use in a commercial setting. But for me, this works just fine and I was able to cure what was ailing this soprano I recently picked up. Plays noticeably better, and just in time for a pretty cool gig coming up in DC this Friday.

Thanks to all that contributed.
 

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Excellent Grumps! Great to hear it worked out for your purposes and utilization!

Yeah, I wouldn't consider mine pro-grade either but it can be contained in a ziploc sandwich bag, thrown into my sax case, and take up very little space if necessary.
 
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