The trimming, selection and adjustment of saxophone whistles, as well as precautions!

Jul 25,2018


The whistle is the only moving part of the saxophone's sound-generating drive device. 

The level of the sound emitted is controlled by the vibration of the whistle.

Common methods of trimming whistle pieces:   

The whistle piece is too soft: as soon as the whistle piece is pressed hard, it sticks to the head to block the air flow. The whistle piece has no spirit and the sound is cracking.;   

The whistle is hard: it is laborious to play, and the sound is dry and wooden.      

1. Cut the top of the whistle short.Soak the hair pieces thoroughly before trimming, cut the hair a little bit at a time, and don't cut too much at a time.After each cut, it must be tested, and after the test blow, until the hardness and softness are suitable.   

2. The top of the trimmed whistle piece should be adjusted according to the curvature of the flute head, and the top two corners should be rounded.It is best to use a whistle trimmer to trim, so that the port of the whistle will have an ideal regular curve.      

Tools for trimming whistle pieces:      

1. A piece of redress glass: the glass is about 4x6 cm square, and its edges should be smooth so as not to cut your hands.   

2. Whistle trimmer: The shape of the cut must match the shape of the end of the player's flute head.If there are any uneven burrs in the cutting, this dresser should be rejected.Bring a few old whistles and the flute heads used before going to the store to test whether the shape of the dresser matches them.

3. Scraping or carving knife: It can be bought in jewelry stores. It has straight blades on three sides, made of tempered steel, and a sharp blade is used for scraping.Purchase a small triangular knife with a wooden handle, and you can use it to make a good whistle.   

4. Dutch rushes: used for polishing and subtle changes to the whistle.This plant can be found on small rivers and swamp-like soft ground in some parts of the United States.The sales price of Dutch corduroy is quite low. If it is purchased from a wind instrument store, its quality can be guaranteed.   

5. No. 1200 sandpaper: A small number of sheets can be used for a long time.   

6. Single-sided blade      

It is recommended that the whistle should only be used for a short period of time during the first use and performance period, and then put it on hold for one day.The next day and into the next few days, I tried to extend its use a little bit every day until I felt that the characteristics of the reed were stable.Under normal circumstances, after the first few days of performance, the whistle will become a little softer, but this is not always the case (sometimes it will be hard).To solve the problems that arise on the sentinel, you still need to test more by yourself, and keep learning and exploring, and you will get good results!      

The whistle is the vocal movement of the saxophone.Most of them are made of reeds, but there are also plastic and metal. Although the latter is durable, its sound quality and fluency are not as good as the reed whistle with excellent texture.Therefore, reed whistles are still generally used. The best quality reeds come from the famous "Val" region, which is located on the Mediterranean coast of southern France.In Spain, Italy, Mexico, and California in the United States, people have been trying to grow reed for making whistles, but the results are frustrating.It takes about 15-20 years from planting to maturity.Most saxophone players use whistles sold on the market.Although the behavior of a few players themselves is commendable.However, there are not many such people.      

【Precautions】:      

A. The central area of the sentinel is the “heart” of the sentinel, so don't touch it easily.   

B. It must be scraped gradually and smoothly from the center of the sentry piece from both sides of the sentry surface to the top of the sentry piece.   

C. Keep the center of the sentry piece thick and the thin arc transition on the edge. The scraped sentry surface should be flat and smooth, and there should be no obvious scratches and scars.   

D. When trimming, first check whether the soft and hard sides of the patch are balanced.If unbalanced, scrape the hard side until the soft and hard are balanced.      

【How to check the balance of soft and hard on both sides of the whistle】:   

A. The head of the flute can be rotated left and right in the mouth, so that only one side of the whistle vibrates, which side is more difficult to blow.   

B. Observe the top of the sentry piece in front of a strong light source, and judge the balance of soft and hard from the light and darkness of the sentry surface.Selection and adjustment of whistle pieces

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