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Not so much neck muscles, but sometimes an especially open throat can make the neck look bigger when playing. Check out my man Ellery for example:

 

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What a great subject!

When dealing with statistically unsubstantiated hypothetical questions, it's often useful to proceed from extreme examples back toward the norm. If anyone ever should have had a fat neck from backpressure, it would be this guy -- what do you think?

Hard to even SEE his neck behind all those axes, but maybe. . . .:shock:
 

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Grumps said:
Perhaps a poll is in order... most thick necked SOTW'er.
Then we'll know who can really play...
I like that idea.

Grumps, I found your picture online. The neck, hmm . . . thick? Hard to say, because the body looks like a beach ball! No disrespect. . . .
 

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Reedsplinter said:
I like that idea.

Grumps, I found your picture online. The neck, hmm . . . thick? Hard to say, because the body looks like a beach ball! No disrespect. . . .
Whoops, I forgot the photo:
 

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don't forget scoliosis...look at Coltrane's neck...it really hangs down...I think that the cheap sax neck straps that come with student saxes are probably very bad for the spines of growing kids.
 

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Neck size poll:

I'm 6' tall, about 225 lbs, and have a 19" neck. I can never find shirts that button at the neck.
 
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