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I'm looking for the most comfortable strap. I'm playing with the Whimory balam backstrap and I like it. I'm happy with the system but sometimes it feels comfortless especially when I'm sitting down due to the hard parts of the strap.

Any alternative?
 

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There must be dozens of threads on this.
Please, please, search the archives. The point of keeping them is to provide knowledge. Yesterdays comfortable strap is still the comfortable strap today?


Adding more and more and more of the same only dilutes information in ever increasing rivulets

Adding to an old thread is no shame, you add to a previously published one, ALL the people whom participated receive an alert (therefore guaranteeing more attention). It also will be published in the “ last active threads” so what’s the advantage of opening YET another thread on comfortable straps?


Saxholder and Just Joe are my favorites. Although I second Matthew’s recommendation,.

read (please) through these (there are MANY more!)
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?116495-Comfortable-neck-strap
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?2057-Good-neck-straps
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showt...p-Smack-Down!-10-top-sax-neck-straps-compared
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?20201-Neck-Strap
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?29977-Comfy-strap
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showt...neckstrap-could-use-some-help-and-suggestions!

 

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Just Joe’s and Kölbl are 2 different companies indeed, but the Just Joe’s European models are made by Kölbl with Joe’s blue prints. That makes it a lot easier to distribute his products here in Europe.

BTW, I absolutely love my Just Joe's. Takes away the strain on my neck vertebrae.
 

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I wasn’t aware they had this agreement, thanks for the correction
 

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The Marmaduke feather strap or Boston Sax Shop Balam (which are pretty damn close in design). They put all weight on your shoulders rather than your neck. I can play for hours with no issue.
 

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I started using the SaxHolder about 2 months ago and really love it. I've tried others that are fabric with Velcro that I didn't like as they didn't take enough stress off of my neck.
 

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Another vote for Just Joe’s Gel Straps. I bought one for each tenor to ensure that I would never be without it. I have Ray Hyman straps in my gig bag (one of those straps is 30+ years old), but haven’t used them since discovering the Just Joe’s.
 

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if you want the weight off your neck and not pulling you down I like the Oleg neck harness. The straps in back attach to your belt loops so some of the forward pull is alleviated by attaching to your pants in back. At least thats been the best for me after a bout with back issues K
 

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Just Joe's is a great strap, but lately I am switching between bari and tenor for a show band and the lack of weight on your neck puts the Balam on top IMHO.
 

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I like Jazz labs saxholder for alto and tenor, it puts NO weight on my neck, helps my posture, and makes my Chu tenor feel weightless. Traditional neckstraps put weight on the weakest part of your C spine. Oh, and once you get used to it it's just as quick to deploy as a strap. I can't handle all the straps on harness types.
 

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I tried the Just Joe but was not as nice for me as the Cebulla.

I did some reviews:

https://tamingthesaxophone.com/saxophone-straps

The best strap is not a stream, it's the Saxholder because it removes most of the weight from your neck. No brainer really.


The Balam from Boston Sax Shop is the best!
I would like to have tried that but very poor (ie non-existent) communication from them. so :(
 

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With the Cebulla strap I can play the baritone saxophone for hours without feeling any fatigue. The baritone sax Cebulla strap is as ergonomic as the BG baritone harness, but much less restricting than a harness. I probably need to purchase another Cebulla baritone strap, in case I should loose the one I have.
 

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I recently changed to the saxholder. I had a neotech for years, and now I couldn't use it because of neck problems. Then I changed to an over one shoulder strap, and then it was killing my back. The saxholder was a huge difference for me.
 

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In fact... I really like the balam. Is there anyone who has tried it and change to another one?
 

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I’m actually looking for the most discrete, thinnest yet comfy strap (not harness). Like the old ones from the 50’s that easily fit under a collared shirt collar. Any thoughts?
 
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