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How Can i get rid of the bad smell in my tenor saxophone!?
so today i was in my band class and i get a funny smell, i look around, i cant seem to find the source of this disgusting smell, then it's my turn to play again and omg guess what!? the source or the smell is my saxopone, i dont know if its my reed or my mouth piece, so luckily i had a replacement reed in my case (that i had played with before a few times, but i didnt wanna use it in school because it was still new and i didn't wanna sound like crap) so i changed reeds but it still smelled so bad that i wanted to puke, so i went to the bathroom, i ran tap water through my moutpiece and a little bit on my reed, i took paper and ran it through the moutpiece so its nice and dry, the smelll got a LITTLE bit better but by the end of the class the smell was actually worse!.
PLEASE HELP, I REALLY NEED TO KNOW IF THERE'S SOMETHING I CAN DO ABOUT THAT, ANYTHING, OR WHAT IS CAUSING THE SMELL AND WHAT I CAN DO TO PREVENT IT!.
(by the way if this helps at all, this happened today, monday and i had been practicing pretty much ALL WEEKEND, and it hadnt smelled like that, not at all, i've had my instrument for a couple weeks and this is the first time it's smelled like that)Www@QuestionHome@Com
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Its most likely a fungus growing inside the sax!. This can happen if the moisture from your previousplaying is left to sit for too long!. Do you take the reed off your mouthpiece after youre done playing!? Check the inside the neck of your saxophone to make sure the fungus isn't growing there!. If it's not, put your mouthpiece in hot (not boiling, but pretty hot) water!. Get a new reed and soak it in water to speed up the breaking in process!. You can also dip the mouthpiece and the reed in listerine and let it soak to ease the smell!. If this doesn't work, take it to the shop to be checked out!. Good luck!Www@QuestionHome@Com
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There could perhaps be some tarnishing!. They have tarnish removers for instruments made out of brass and lacquered!. also you could run water through the inside of your saxophone, but make sure it doesn't get on to the pads of your instrument keys!. also take water to the cork, not a lot but a little bit!. If the problem persists ask your band director or take it to a music store!.Www@QuestionHome@Com
well first you need so clean the pads by putting a dollar bill under neath it then closing the key then pull the dollar out!. do that to your biggest keys and the ones close to your mouth piece spit tends to run into the!. Next take a rag and tie it to a sting then drop the sting down the body then pull the rag through!. it will get most of the moldy spit out!. if you want a good clean smell wash your mouth piece out with water then run the rag on a rope down it!. it might help to soak your reeds in mouth wash but i just do that for the minty taste!. hope that helpsWww@QuestionHome@Com