Care and Maintenance of a Saxophone
It is important to remove dirt and moisture!
1. First take care of the mouthpiece and neck
Remove the reed and use a cleaning swab (S) to remove dirt from the mouthpiece. Be careful not to damage the tip of the mouthpiece when cleaning. Next, remove the moisture from the inside of the neck using a cleaning swab (S).
2. Completely remove the moisture from the pads
If the pads are damp, use a cleaning paper to remove the moisture completely from the pad and the tone hole opening.
The keys need to be removed in order to clean the tone holes. We do not recommend disassembling your instrument on your own. Instead, take it in to a music shop for maintenance.
Put a piece of cleaning paper between the pad and the tone hole and lightly press the key several times. Change the position of the paper and repeat this process two or three times.
*Do not pull the paper out while depressing the key.
*If the pad is sticky, use powder paper.
3. Clean the inside of the tube with a cleaning swab.
Insert a saxophone cleaning swab into the bell and pull it through the neck joint to clean.
4. Remove dirt from the surface with a polishing cloth.
Use a polishing cloth to remove finger prints and dirt from the surface of the instrument.
5. Carefully clean the octave key
The tone hole of the octave key is small and easily clogged, so clean it with a tone hole cleaner. Be careful not to damage the tone hole with the metal tip of the tone hole cleaner.