I seldom get to play trad bass sax. But just last night I was knocking out the bassline, and I noticed something. My chops got tired and sore in less than 45 min! Red lines where lip meets reed...flabby feeling at the corners...even a little ache in the jaw hinge (I have incipient TMJ syndrome).
It made playing no fun...and one thing the bass sax is, is FUN. I suspect it was because I was squeezing unconsciously with my lower jaw on each note - literally "CHEWING" on the mouthpiece.
My plan to avoid this: practice NOT "biting off" each quarter note like a piece of Tootsie Roll! Maybe it'll help my biting habit on every sax, which has been going away and recurring for too long.
Remember...the bass line is the lifeline. Miss one note and you'll notice. Miss two and the band will notice...three and the folks out front will! And if your chops get tired, YOU'LL MISS 'EM.