I can see where the Dr. bit comes from.
I'm impressed that you're clever enough to work out that by making one of the materials rougher i.e. a file, that friction will increase.
It's likely that a brass hook in a brass sling ring will wear the ring slightly faster than a steel hook would - but to all intents and purposes there wouldn't be that much difference...the wear will still happen.
Let's put that in some perspective though. Most people who chose metal hooks do so because they're wary of using plastic hooks - which have been known to break.
When a sling ring eventually wears it will have to be repaired. This is no big deal, though it will mean removing the ring from the horn - which can damage the finish.
However, if you've played the horn so much that you've worn the sling ring down then it's very likely that there will be lots of other wear and tear marks on such a well-used horn (including lots of scratches around the sling ring from missed attempts to connect the hook).
having bought and sold a fair bit of vintage saxophones I have seen my share of almost worn out rings. In the past,open , metal hooks were the norm and that is what a hook does to a ring.
I have been wondering why nobody seems to have bee able to come up with some implement to insert in the ring to protect it (and easily and cheaply discard when worn through), It seems t me that it should be possible to do something which could work as a flat rivet they use, for example in the holes of some very expensive belts ( sorry if this is not the right term but I don't have a better one on the tip of my tongue ) that you can insert and press into place with some pliers.
I think it would be a nice way to deal with the problem that does exist. I am currently using a strap (shown somewhere in the beginning of this thread) which has a metal hook of some sort , for the time being there seem to be no sign of wear but it is early days and If possible I would like to prevent it.
They have - just put a plastic sleeve over the business part of the sling hook.
Of course, it will knacker your tone...
I am forever looking for a soft tone.......
, cheers! Stilton?
Danish blue(s)'s? tone......
E' dam why didn't I think of that
and if you perspire too much you might turn the leather into Stinking Bishop!
This is starting to sound like humour from that other place
Can someone share a link to the product?
62' Tenor Mark VI
"vintage" otto link 7*
The ring on my The Martin bari is almost worn through. I wrapped a narrow piece of teflon (plumber's) tape through the ring at the place where it's worn away.
The Martin "Official Music Man" tenor, Barone black tenor, The Martin baritone, Richards Martin Indiana alto, Martin Handcraft alto, cheap Chinese soprano, Metalite mouthpieces, Plasticover reeds, Nord Electro 5D, bunch of other instruments
Go for The Tone,
"When you are doing well, don't forget to do good." - Sichan Siv.
The plastic material on my Oleg strap hook has held up REALLY well with my Selmer alto, but the strap just isn't long enough for my Yamaha tenor. Anybody else like the hook on the Oleg strap?
The metal hook is the only thing holding me back from trying a Just Joe's. The noisiness and horn scratches/strap hook wear are my main complaints in the past with metal hooks.
UNT Jazz Grad Student/Freelance Saxophonist - DFW Private Lesson Instructor
Selmer Series II alto / Morgan Jazz 7M - Java 3
Yamaha 82Z tenor / Vandoren Java T55 - Java 3 / Guardala MB II - Java 3
I thought the cheese hook was marble. Marble gives you a sculpted tone.
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