Interesting. I had the same problem as you for about a month while I was recovering from bronchitis/sinusitis. It seemed to be post nasal drip. My doctor also said he thought saxophonists would have a higher risk for emphysema, other things being equal, but he thought the effect of sax playing would be very small. He thought sax playing would be dwarfed by other factors, such as whether you smoke and whether you do cardio exercises. His explanation had to do with the effect of back-pressure on tiny air sacks in the lungs, i.e., it would tend to damage more of them.Wendy said:. . . one of my lecturers mentioned that saxophonists have higher risk for emphysema. . .