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On the other hand I personally use a dab of cork grease on every horn's neck tenon. I believe it ensures an absolutely perfect seal fo a well fit neck- though clearly a well fit neck is probably pretty well sealing to start with. Using grease on trumpet slides and clarinet pieces for years I have not noted any accellerated wear or dirt attraction. I swab the interior and wipe down the exterior of the horn every time I finish playing in any case and that includes a quick wipe inside the tenon.

Still- if the neck is so snug that it jams without a coat of grease it may well be a bit too large.... or the neck or body tenon has sustained a bit of a warp which means you may well have a nice tight neck that leaks.
 

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While the thing certainly oughtn't jam there is no particular reason why one shouldn't strive for the degree of precision in a sax neck to body fitment as is routinely found in flute head to dody and foot to body tenons. Both are metal in metal tenons and the foot to body site is about identical to the sax neck to body in terms of mechanics. Larger size and historically cheaper construction have led us to the "clamp it in and its probably not all that critical" point we've come to accept. The degree of precision found in flutes leads to lightly greasing the tenons as a matter of course. No reason why the same model can't go for sax's.

The counter is that' "It hasn't been needed for the past century. Why start now?" Countless perfectly fine playing sax's of all persuasions with necks that are tight enough to seal but loose enough to move freely without a tightened clamp mean either that flute players are needlessly obsessive (and that the foot has to stay on without a clamp requiring a tighter fit) or that neck fitment is just not rocket science.

Go for the super precise fit and grease away- but expect no improvement except in perception of precision (and as discussed to death musicians pay a lot for perceptual vice audible improvements) or figure Bird would probably have jammed the thing in there without a thought and blown you away in any case.

No matter how you cut it- the thing shouldn't be getting so stuck you can't pull it out with relative ease.
 
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