Saxophone Care Kit

  1. Wash your hands and brush your teeth before you play. This helps to keep the instrument free of acids and sugars that can damage the metal and pads.

  2. Moisten the reed in your mouth while assembling the saxophone.

  3. Apply cork grease to new neck cork before putting the saxophone together. Older corks should be greased as needed.

  4. When assembling and disassembling the saxophone, be careful to hold the octave key in a closed position so as to not bend any mechanisms.

  5. Never hold your saxophone by the neck or let it dangle from the neck strap. (No “Look, Mom No Hands!”)

  1. After playing, remove reed from your mouthpiece and store it in your reedguard to prevent the reed from cracking.

  2. Your reed should be replaced if you have been sick.  

  3. Swab your saxophone after each use. Disassemble the sections, drop the weighted end down the bell, then pull the swab through the saxophone twice. Pull the neck swab through the neck tenon and pull out through the corked end. Then put the endcap back.

  4. Apply the patch to the tip of the mouthpiece, where your teeth bite and replace as needed. Weekly, clean the mouthpiece using the mouthpiece brush, soap, and water. If you are sick, wash the mouthpiece after every time you play. Mouthpiece may be cleaned with mouthpiece freshener/mist.  

  5. Use your microfiber cloth to polish your saxophone weekly to remove fingerprints and keep the finish looking new.

  6. The swab should be frequently hand washed with dish soap in warm water and air dried completely before use or storage.

  7. Never expose or clean the saxophone with water. If accidental exposure occurs, allow the instrument to dry in an open case to avoid mold, mildew, and other damage.