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How to Maintain Your New Alto Saxophone [Five Ways]

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Have a new also saxophone that you want to keep playing well for years to come?

Here are 5 things we recommend you do:

  1. Regular Cleaning

  2. Reduce Moisture

  3. Oiling

  4. Proper Storage

  5. Regular Checkups

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Learn more about how each of these recommendations can help you extend the lifespan of your saxophone below:

1. Regular Cleaning: Wiping down your alto sax with a clean cloth each time you play is a great start, but nothing helps keep your saxophone playing quite like a thorough cleaning. We recommend our Spiffy Kit complete with a saxophone swab, cork grease, reed protector, duster brush, thumb rest cushion, key oil, mouthpiece brush, and mouthpiece saver to clean out all the moisture, dirt, and debris, and keep your saxophone playing consistently.

2. Reduce Moisture: Cleaning out your alto sax with a swab is a great first step to reducing moisture. We also recommend using pad paper or a Spit Sponge after playing or if you observe your pads sticking to the tone hole to absorb excess moisture settling into the pads. While you're at it, you may want to use a pad saver to help absorb any excess moisture in your instrument long term.

3. Lubrication: Your keys should run as smoothly as possible to ensure you can hit the right notes every time. Oil your key mechanisms as needed if you start feeling resistance when pressing down keys, but don't over-lubricate them as this can gum up the key work and require a professional cleaning. We love this key oil and so do band directors.

4. Proper Storage: At home or on stage you may want to want use a saxophone stand like this one for easy access and doubling, but if you're thinking about traveling with or storing your sax you want to consider if you're looking for something durable or something lightweight and padded. We love this one and this one. Keep your instrument as safe as possible.

5. Regular Checkups: Checkups are necessary to keep your saxophone playing just the way you like it. Playing your alto saxophone often, regular wear and tear, travel, and more can cause your instrument to fall out of adjustment, result in a buildup of debris inside the saxophone, and more. Woodwind technicians take special care to clean, adjust, remove dents, recork, replace pads, and can help address any concerns you may have.

We hope your new saxophone brings you joy for years to come. Taking care of your instrument can be fun, fulfilling, and allow you to spend more time playing and less time in the repair shop.

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