What about the cold that didn't go away or the lingering cough? Could be brought on by contact with certain bacteria like the ones that reside in your horn.If people were dropping like flies from playing high school band instruments, I would be alarmed.
I would think that someone with a compromised immune system would be cautious about everything, including instruments.
No, but this article is very good: http://www.shwoodwind.co.uk/HandyHints/mouthpiece_hygiene.htmAnyone have a link to the whole article?
It's more awash in microbial life in some of my 4th grade students mouthpieces that's for sure.The world is awash with microbial life. Get over it. Unless you are using your horn for food preparation it really doesn't matter.
(and on a not unrelated note, if you ever find yourself about to buy a product which promises to kill bacteria in your toilet ... ask yourself how often you lick the darn thing, and if the answer is anything short of 'frequently', buy something cheaper and spend the money you save on reeds).
Actually, I try to hit it with a pipe cleaner in the octave pips and even get a swabbing into the tone holes as well as around the posts and under the rods.How does one floss a horn?
What would you recommend for cleaning a saxophone? Something beyond swabbing it out after playing?
If you have a cough that won't go away, I would look for things in your environment. If your immune system works, you won't get sick.What about the cold that didn't go away or the lingering cough? Could be brought on by contact with certain bacteria like the ones that reside in your horn.
BTW how is it that trumpet and trombone players just toss their horns into the case and head out while the sax players are staying behind, swabbing out their horns. There has to be some nasty stuff lurking inside those brass.