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Six Accessories You Need for the Saxophone

In this blog post, we'll explore five indispensable accessories tailored for saxophonists. From swabs to reeds, ligatures, and beyond, each accessory plays a crucial role in maintaining your saxophone and ensuring a smooth, enjoyable playing experience. Let's delve into the world of saxophone accessories!

1. Swab

A cloth swab will remove moisture from your instrument, which is important to do every time after you play. This will help keep the pads in good condition and stop them from swelling, which can cause a leak in the instrument.

2. Cork Grease

Cork grease will allow you to slide your mouthpiece easily onto your saxophone neck.Reeds - Reeds are vital for producing the vibration that allows you to make a sound on your instrument. Most students will begin using Rico and Vandoren Juno reeds as they make it easier for beginner players to produce a sound and are more cost effective than more advanced reed ranges. Strength 1.5, 2, or 2.5 are appropriate for most students. You will need to have a few reeds on you at all times as they may unexpectedly break. 

3. Reeds

Reeds are vital for producing the vibration that allows you to make a sound on your instrument. Most students will begin using Rico and Vandoren Juno reeds as they make it easier for beginner players to produce a sound and are more cost effective than more advanced reed ranges. Strength 1.5, 2, or 2.5 are appropriate for most students. You will need to have a few reeds on you at all times as they may unexpectedly break. 

4. Ligature

The ligature keeps your reed in place on your mouthpiece, while still allowing the reed to respond and vibrate. It's important to keep your ligature in a safe place in your case when you aren't using it, as it won't be effective if it bends out of shape.

5. Strap/Harness

Straps and harnesses will give you the right support when playing your instrument. Although new saxophones usually come with a strap, often they don’t have any padding, which becomes uncomfortable during rehearsals and long practice sessions. Neotech soft sax straps are a very popular option for beginner saxophone players.

6. End Plug

All new saxophones will come with an end plug, but if you are renting or buying second hand, make sure you have one of these. The end plug keeps your octave key protected when the instrument is in the case. You can pick up a new end plug for around $5-10.