Lack of regular cleaning, and ignoring common sense
precautions are the major cause of damage to woodind
instruments. Moisture, usually saliva, and sudden
exposure to changes in humidity both contribute to
cracking of wood instruments. Moisture also contributes
to oxidation and rust in the metals used in the sax and
Your horn, regardless of whether it's
wood, plastic, metal, or rubber, should be swabbed out
after each use.
||Always cover your mouthpiece when
your done playing your horn.
of the mouthpiece is very delicate and will chip
easily. Always remove your reed before cleaning
your mouthpiece, covering it, and putting it away.
It's a good idea to cover your mouthpiece even
during a short break or right before you perform.
This will help keep your reed moist as well as
protecting it, and your mouthpiece, from possible
Avoid soft drinks, eating,
chewing gum, or smoking right before (or while) playing.
These form acids in your mouth which are especially
destructive to your instrument. Rinse your mouth out with
water after eating, and before you play your horn.
||Keep your instrument in its case when
not in use to avoid possible accidents.
placing music and loose accessories in your case
with your horn. Loose items can cause
damage or become lodged in the horn. Closing
music into the case can bend delicate keys and
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