Yamaha Design “Synapses” NPAS/NPTS
Conical Pouches Protect Saxophone Necks and Mouthpieces.
NPAS/NPTS pouches offer a way to store the neck and mouthpiece of a saxophone inside its bell when taking the instrument on the road. They are made of thick wetsuit material to prevent the parts from damaging each other, and their inner surfaces feature antibacterial fabric. The cone-shaped pouches provide the optimal fit for the inside of a saxophone bell.
The saxophonist assembles his instrument before the show. This ritual is a nice time to get concentrate on the music before play. When he loosens the cord on the pouch and brings the golden neck into the light, His passion grows and his feelings rise for the performance.
Soft cases and compact cases are convenient, but they don’t have space to store the neck and mouthpiece, so saxophonists typically wrap the parts in a pouch or cover and put them into the bell. The three-dimensional design of NPAS/NPTS pouches matches the shape of the bell, giving them a subtle, natural look when they are in use.
It is completely natural to twist a pouch when putting it into the bell, so the wetsuit material on the outside of the pouch is sewn in a diagonal, twisting pattern. The blue piping that holds the wetsuit material together helps keep the shape of the pouch and at the same time provides an intuitive encouragement to twist it.
- Jose González
- Yamaha Design Laboratory