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I had a student ask me the other day how to use the swab that came with his sax and how often to do it. It then occurred to me that in over 30 year of playing the sax I have never actually swabbed my sax. How many of you guys do this and how many don't. Just curious.
 

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I do swab it, but usually only when demonstrating to kids. Otherwise, I just tip it upside down.
 

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I use the floor to collect the goo at the botom of my tenor.
 

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So hard to swab a bari, it's not even worth it. So I've been told.
 

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I swab both my alto and tenor after everytime time I use them. It's just become a habit.
 

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If the sax has to go straight into the case I tip and swab. If I can leave it on the stand to dry I just tip, no swabbing.

By the way, the difference between a garbage truck and a bari sax is that one is a large, scum-encrusted, smelly object that attracts flies. The other has wheels and drives around picking up trash.
 

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By the way, the difference between a garbage truck and a bari sax is that one is a large, scum-encrusted, smelly object that attracts flies. The other has wheels and drives around picking up trash.
My tech told me that one with a tuba in the place of Bari Sax. That was to my face, though.
 

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I swab my saxophones each time I play them, even the baritone. The baritone swab I have is only for the crook. Even though this swab is expensive, since my bari is bare brass and I don't want it to stay damp for any lengthy period of time, I think it's worth it.
 

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I swab them all before putting them in the case. I swab the clarinet more often, sometimes between movements of a symphony, and again when I put it in the case.
 

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I use a pad saver in all my saxes.
 
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After each use:
  • Swab horn and neck piece
  • Rinse and dry mouth piece
  • Rinse and stow reed in reed case
Once a month:
  • Apply light oil on all key actions.
 

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I swab alto and tenor every time and use a pad saver on the sop. Keeps them clear of cockroaches.
 

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I swab the neck and the body of my alto separately, let it sit/dry out for a few minutes, then put an insert in the body to keep moisture out since I keep it on a stand. I also use a piece of rolling paper on the G# pad to avoid sticking. I also swab, or wash-then swab the mouthpiece. The process takes no time and really prevents sticking for me which I had before I started doing the process.
 

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If the horns are on a stand, I flip them over, and then put them on a stand. I don't really do anything with the mouthpieces. I throw them in hot water about Once a month maybe. And then they go back on.
 

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If the horns are on a stand, I flip them over, and then put them on a stand. I don't really do anything with the mouthpieces. I throw them in hot water about Once a month maybe. And then they go back on.
I have been told only to use warm water for rubber mouthpieces;hot water will warp the facing of a rubber mouthpiece. Do not know if this is true. Any thoughts???
 
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