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Just curious if anyone is using a FreeNeck Strap. I know it's EXPENSIVE but I had some SERIOUS neck pain this past week cause by LONG and LATE gig.

So much that I didn't take the chance of practicing due to a TRAVEL gig this past Saturday.

Does the FreeNeck strap work? Does anyone out there have one for sale? Does is have to be sized to the body of the player?

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I use a BG harness now for tenor and abosolutely love it. I'll never use a neckstrap again. Not sure about other types but the weight is on your shoulders . A major improvement in the fatigue dept.
 

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Mike,

I tried a harness a couple years ago. I felt like the weight of the horn was sitting on my chest. Althought my neck was free - my breathing felt forced and contricted by the strap. Maybe I'll have to give the BG Harness another try - at least for a back-up.
 

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I hurt my back after being in Iraq and had to switch to the neotech harness and i love it, it centers the weight straight down instead of pulling forward like the neck strap plus the neotech padding is just great
 

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I use a freeneck for playing bari and it solved my back-problems. You just have to adjust it once for your body size. That´s it. So I would say it´s worth he money. No more pain.
 

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Changed my life (freeneck) literarally,

I can practice for hours on bari now and not feel any pain. It also helped my playing, my posture is so much better now and therefore my sound is alot better.
 

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I was able to try a Freeneck this post weekend. It was a Holloween gig so I wasn't worried about it looking a little strange. I found my neck in better shape but the strap dug into my collar bones. When the weight of the horn is on the strap it sits down nicely; however, when free of the saxophone is springs more straight which would make wearing a suit jacket difficult.

Altough an interesting design, I think it's a bit overkill for my gig situation. If I was a full time Bari player then this would be the way to go.
 

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I've been having the same problem lately. A different strap might help, but I got the best value for money, buy reading this

http://www.triggerpointbook.com/index.html

That book has helped enormously. You can treat yourself. It doesn't take long. Maybe 5 minutes 6 times a day, and it actually works.
 
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