Saxophone Maintenance Tips

Assembling your instrument

  1. Remove the neck plug and loosen the neck receiver screw and insert the neck pipe into the body with a gentle twisting motion. When fully inserted, lighten the screw on the neck receiver to secure it in place. Do not use cork grease on the neck tenon.
  2. Place the ligature on the mouthpiece with your right hand. After soaking the reed in your mouth, slide it under the ligature on the flat position of the mouthpiece. In the normal playing position, you can just see the tip of the mouthpiece above the reed.
  3. Inserting the mouthpiece to the neck

    Applying cork grease to the neck cork just prior to assembly promotes an easy, proper fit and extends cork life. “Hold the mouthpiece in your right hand and with a gentle twisting motion, push the mouthpiece onto the neck cork to the desired position, taking care not to apply pressure to the octave key. Bending the octave key is the most common reason for saxophone damage.

Disassembling and storing your instrument

It is important to disassemble the instrument and place it in the case for storage after playing.

  1. Loosen the neck screw after playing and remove the neck from the body section.
  2. Always use your case for storing the instrument after playing and for transporting. Be sure the mouthpiece and
    other accessories are secured, as they can scratch and dent your horn if they come loose during transportation. Do not put anything in the case that could place pressure on the instrument.


For your convenience, the Wisemann standard outfit provides a cleaning cloth, pair of gloves, cork grease and a neck strap for daily use. Wisemann also sells a Woodwind Care Kit that provides additional tools to help maintain your woodwind instrument.

  1. Removing your reed

    Remove the reed from the mouthpiece by loosening the ligature and sliding it off. Gently dry the reed with a clean cloth and place it in a reed guard contained in the Wisemann care kit (Optional Outfit).

  2. Cleaning the interior

    After playing, always insert a cleaning cloth into your instrument to remove moisture by following the steps below:

    • Insert the corner of the cleaning cloth through the small hole at the top of the cleaning rod.
    • Wrap the cleaning cloth around the rod to make sure no metal parts are exposed.
    • Insert the cloth using the rod gently into the body and twist to clean the interior.
  3. Cleaning the exterior

    Gently wipe the outside of your instrument with a cleaning cloth to remove any dirt and fingerprints. Be careful not to apply pressure to the keys. Wipe the keys, taking care not to scratch them or damage the pads.

  4. Cautions

    1. in order to extend the life and maintain the quality of your saxophone, please avoid extended exposure to:
      Sunlight, Rain, Heaters, and Airconditioners.
      (The best playing environmental temperature is 15°C – 25°C)
    2. Keep your instrument as far as possible away from any children under 6 years old.