Mar 19, 2020

Clean a Saxophone

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== Steps ==
 
== Steps ==
 
===Cleaning the Interior===
 
===Cleaning the Interior===
#Swab the body.  Most saxophone cleaning kits come with a brush or cloth on a long string with a weight on the opposite end. Put the weighted end into the bell of the saxophone and turn the sax upside down. Bring the weighted end through the body and come out the narrow end. Gently pull the swab through the body several times.<ref>http://lessonsinyourhome.net/news/how-to-clean-a-saxophone/</ref>[[Image:Clean a Saxophone Step 1 Version 3.jpg|center]]
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#Swab the body.  Most saxophone cleaning kits come with a brush or cloth on a long string with a weight on the opposite end. Put the weighted end into the bell of the saxophone and turn the sax upside down. Bring the weighted end through the body and come out the narrow end. Gently pull the swab through the body several times.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gr2mFi7I3k</ref>[[Image:Clean a Saxophone Step 1 Version 3.jpg|center]]
 
#*Swabbing helps dry the interior so that pads are not damaged, inhibits bacteria growth, and removes any build-up of foreign particles from foods, beverages or saliva in the instrument.<ref>https://ift.tt/3ddMgfS>
 
#*Swabbing helps dry the interior so that pads are not damaged, inhibits bacteria growth, and removes any build-up of foreign particles from foods, beverages or saliva in the instrument.<ref>https://ift.tt/3ddMgfS>
 
#*It is not unusual to see a slight green color on the pad after a few passes. This is normal and does not indicate rust or metal damage.<ref>https://ift.tt/3ddMgfS>
 
#*It is not unusual to see a slight green color on the pad after a few passes. This is normal and does not indicate rust or metal damage.<ref>https://ift.tt/3ddMgfS>
 
#Swab the neck.  Insert a flexible swab through the larger base opening on the neck, coming out on the narrow side to which the cork is attached. Brush out the inside thoroughly to remove any foreign particles.[[Image:Clean a Saxophone Step 2 Version 3.jpg|center]]
 
#Swab the neck.  Insert a flexible swab through the larger base opening on the neck, coming out on the narrow side to which the cork is attached. Brush out the inside thoroughly to remove any foreign particles.[[Image:Clean a Saxophone Step 2 Version 3.jpg|center]]
#*You can run water through the neck as well — just be sure that no water comes in contact with the cork, or it may swell and deform.<ref>https://ift.tt/2wnjt84>
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#*You can run water through the neck as well — just be sure that no water comes in contact with the cork, or it may swell and deform.
 
#*Soaking with vinegar or brushing with detergent can help get rid of excess build-up.<ref>https://ift.tt/2U6A1Ko>
 
#*Soaking with vinegar or brushing with detergent can help get rid of excess build-up.<ref>https://ift.tt/2U6A1Ko>
 
#Use a pad saver.  If available, these are helpful for removing any residual moisture. Make sure to use them ''after'' swabbing. Insert the pad saver through the body's narrow end. Let it absorb moisture for a few seconds, then remove.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk9zTjwGhmM</ref>[[Image:Clean a Saxophone Step 3 Version 3.jpg|center]]
 
#Use a pad saver.  If available, these are helpful for removing any residual moisture. Make sure to use them ''after'' swabbing. Insert the pad saver through the body's narrow end. Let it absorb moisture for a few seconds, then remove.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk9zTjwGhmM</ref>[[Image:Clean a Saxophone Step 3 Version 3.jpg|center]]
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===Cleaning the Mouthpiece===
 
===Cleaning the Mouthpiece===
#[[Clean-a-Saxophone-Mouthpiece|Clean your mouthpiece's interior.]]  You'll want to clean the mouthpiece often, as it comes into contact with your mouth. Start out by removing the reed, then use a mouthpiece brush to remove any residue inside the mouthpiece. You can substitute a bottle brush or even a small toothbrush. Run cold or lukewarm water through the mouthpiece, then pull a clean, lint-free cloth through the mouthpiece to dry and remove any particles missed by the brush.<ref>https://ift.tt/2wnjt84>[[Image:Clean a Saxophone Step 5 Version 3.jpg|center]]
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#[[Clean-a-Saxophone-Mouthpiece|Clean your mouthpiece's interior.]]  You'll want to clean the mouthpiece often, as it comes into contact with your mouth. Start out by removing the reed, then use a mouthpiece brush to remove any residue inside the mouthpiece. You can substitute a bottle brush or even a small toothbrush. Run cold or lukewarm water through the mouthpiece, then pull a clean, lint-free cloth through the mouthpiece to dry and remove any particles missed by the brush.[[Image:Clean a Saxophone Step 5 Version 3.jpg|center]]
 
#*Soaking in antiseptic mouthwash or detergent is helpful for particularly dirty mouthpieces.<ref>https://ift.tt/3ddMgfS>
 
#*Soaking in antiseptic mouthwash or detergent is helpful for particularly dirty mouthpieces.<ref>https://ift.tt/3ddMgfS>
 
#Sand out scratches.  If you'd like to save a rubber or resin mouthpiece with light marks, use sandpaper or a fingernail sanding block. Start with the coarsest grit to remove the scratch. Progress to increasingly fine grits to smooth the mouthpiece out.<ref>https://tamingthesaxophone.com/saxophone-mouthpiece-cleaning</ref>[[Image:Clean a Saxophone Step 6 Version 3.jpg|center]]
 
#Sand out scratches.  If you'd like to save a rubber or resin mouthpiece with light marks, use sandpaper or a fingernail sanding block. Start with the coarsest grit to remove the scratch. Progress to increasingly fine grits to smooth the mouthpiece out.<ref>https://tamingthesaxophone.com/saxophone-mouthpiece-cleaning</ref>[[Image:Clean a Saxophone Step 6 Version 3.jpg|center]]


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