Tenor Saxophone Neck Series 10 with Freedom/Power Neck Brace. This neck brace allows the saxophonist to have weights in 8 different positions that both change the sound and response of the saxophone.
Position No.1 No weights in the brace.
Position No.2 1 weight in the first hole.
Position No. 3 1 weight in the center hole
Position No. 4 1 weight in the last hole
Position No. 5 1 weight in the first hole and 1 weight in the last hole
Position No. 6 – 1 weight in the center hole and 1 eight in the first hole
Position No. 7 1 weight in the center hole and 1 weight in the last hole
Position No. 8 weights in all 3 holes
Is the saxophone neck important?
The simple answer is yes it is very important. He neck does many things for the saxophone.
* Provides the response of the saxophone.
* Helps control the intonation of the saxophone.
* It is instrumental in the tone color or sound of the saxophone.
Many players, designers and repair techs believe it is the most important part of the saxophone and I tend to agree with them.
What are the different differences in the saxophone necks.
* Thickness of the brass cooper, sterling silver or other material used in the making of the neck.
* Plating or Lacquer – A lacquered neck has a sound, a silver plated neck has a sound and response unto itself or bare brass.
Lacquer: The tone and response are different between the older lacquers with the Gold Leaf in them, clear Lacquer and epoxy lacquers.
Plating: I hear many people say Silver Plating is brighter, whatever that means, and Gold Plating is Darker. Hard to make such a general statement… the amount of silver-plating on the saxophone makes the tone and response. Not much plating and the instrument usually plays a little brighter(?). But silver also vibrates differently than Lacquer so the more vibration might be what players call brighter.
Gold-Plating also has many things that will make it play one way or the other.
* Is the Gold put on over Silver-Plating?
* Is the Gold put over Copper-Plating?
* I the Gold put straight to the brass? Many trumpet players like this but the Gold wares off very easily.
I personally think the Gold-Plating give the instrument a more centered, focused and more directional sound. Many players when they plate their saxophones or necks want to use a lot of plating, the more the plating the less vibration.
I can say from experience that I have never plated a saxophone neck that did not play better for both me and the player I plated the neck for….