Wednesday, December 14, 2011

How To Clean A Saxophone

Cleaning your saxophone is a necessity. Believe it or not, spit builds up inside the mouthpiece, neck and body. If it is left alone, it will mold and cause problems with the instrument. Fingerprints on the outside of the sax can also create marks and will eventually rust.

There are a variety of tools that may be used to clean the sax. A mouthpiece brush is small and easily slides through the mouthpiece to clean out the spit. You can buy a bottle of sanitizing mouthpiece spray as well. The neck also has a brush that is similar, but longer, and with one side that dries out the inside. The bell must also be cleaned. A cleaning cloth with a string attached is often used. First, drop the string down into the bell, then set the cloth in on top of the string. Flip the sax upside down and the end of the string should fall out the bottom. If you pull this string, the cloth will slide through the body and clean it nicely. Be very careful, though, because it has a tendency to get stuck on key pieces. Lastly, it is a good idea to wipe down the outside of the saxophone to get rid of any fingerprints. This will help prevent marks on the sax.

It is very important that you keep your instrument clean, or it will not work properly. Repairs are also very expensive, so I would recommend that you do your best to prevent damage. You can purchase a variety of cleaning tools on Amazon. Also, Northern Kingdom Music sells cleaning supplies, as does the Bangor Music Store.

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  1. Lots of work involved in cleaning. Next time you could space the paragraphs a little more cleanly.

  2. Thanks for the comment, I used the tab button, but it did not space well. -Alyssa

  3. Awesome job with the post Alyssa. I can't wait to read more about them, they might even tempt me to ask my mom to buy a saxophone :)~BP

  4. Great information, I find it to be a little gross. I would never buy a used instrument.
    - GL

  5. Reply to GL: It can be gross, depending on the instrument. The saxophone has a mouthpiece that can easily be cleaned (or you can buy a new mouthpiece), and reeds are never reused. Overall, it's actually one of the more sanitary instruments to buy used.

  6. Good information. You seem to know a lot about the sax (which is one of my favorite instruments to listen to). Consider adding some paragraph breaks and brief quotes and references. --RW