How To Clean An Old Saxophone

If you haven't pulled out your alto in a while, you might need to know how to clean an old saxophone. Many guys have an old sax lying around from their high school band geek days and eventually want to pull it out on a drunken night and try to play. If you're going to make an attempt to play your old saxophone, you will need to clean it first. It's not very difficult to do and it doesn't take a whole lot of time.

  1. Clean the mouthpiece. If you have left a reed attached to the mouthpiece, take it out and then run cold water through the mouthpiece. Dry the inside with a small cotton cloth.
  2. Swab the body. Use your cleaning swab to clean the body and neck of the saxophone. Run the swab down the neck and through the inside of the sax to clean the inside parts.
  3. Clean the pads. Cut a small piece from a brown paper bag and slide it under the key pads. Close the key and then remove the paper to get rid of any debris that has built up on the pads.
  4. Reassemble the sax. Put your saxophone back together and it should be nice and clean. If you find that you are still having problems with the pads sticking, then you should take it for repair.

If you plan on playing your old saxophone, you should be prepared to clean it on a regular basis. If any of the corks or pads need to be replaced, you can easily have this done at your local music shop. It only takes a couple of days and is relatively inexpensive.

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