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 Neck Strap for Doubler Sax Doublers?
Author: jimk 
Date:   2012-11-04 23:35

How do you deal with neck straps when the double calls for two instruments with neck straps, such as alto sax/tenor sax or alto sax / bari sax or bass clarinet / any sax?? I've tried

Wearing two neck straps and
Wearing one neck strap and adjusting it each time I switch instruments.

Is there a better way to do this? Is there a particular neck strap that makes this easier to do, such as as strap with two snaps? I like the comfort of my Neotech strap and the stretchiness can make the adjustment more forgiving if I get the length a little short. However, the strap seems to get easily tangled in the adjustment buckle.

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 Re: Neck Strap for Doubler Sax Doublers?
Author: DrewSorensenMusic 
Date:   2012-11-05 01:25

Either work well, although sometimes it's hard to find a neckstrap that fits both comfortably. I have two neckstraps with open hooks, no closed hooks as they can impede time in switching. I like neotech as well. Sometimes if it's too quick I support the alto with my right knee/leg so that either it switches off more quickly, or it starts playing faster. There's no perfect solution, just takes practice like anything else.

Drew S.

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 Re: Neck Strap for Doubler Sax Doublers?
Author: Merlin_Williams 
Date:   2012-11-05 11:49

When I absolutely have to have two different neck straps for fast changes, I make sure they are different colours/types so that I don't inadvertently put a horn on the wrong strap.

As Drew noted, open hooks are good for making fast changes.

When I was playing with the Canadian Glenn Miller Orchestra, I had to make frequent switches between bari and alto. Wearing two straps, and also playing the bari on a stand sometimes made it workable.

Jupiter Canada Artist/Clinician
Stratford Shakespeare Festival musician
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