I'm finding myself baffled by what is occasionally happening to my horn...
I'm a gigging sax player (2-5 gigs a week) and sometime last year i've started occasionally experiencing something like this:
Let's say we're setting up with a band, I put my horn together, put the reed on, etc, we do the soundcheck - everything's great, blows normally, as it should be. I put the horn down, leave it sitting on its stand for some time (varies, could be 10min, could be an hour), come back to do the gig and it's just sooo hard to blow, there is this weird resistance that make the horn nearly unplayable... most of the time I would just change the reed and everything would be kind of ok but last gig i just had to power through it (as I realised I had no other reeds) and this strange "effect" seem to gradually subside after about 10-15 min of hard blowing.
I thought some of the reeds might be the problem but that same reed that was on when it occurred next gig was absolutely fine. I use either Plasticover 2.5/3 or JazzSelect Unfiled 2H.
Sax then? Nope, all is in order, had it checked. Btw happened with 2 saxes (I currently play on Yamaha YTS-82Z Custom V1 neck, previously played on Cannonball Raven)
Mouthpiece then? possibly, but not necessarily - happened with 2 mouthpieces, both Bergs - main one is vintage SS Berg Larsen 110/1 refaced by Morgan Fry, the other one is vintage bronze Berg Larsen 100/0. I don't really use any other mpcs on tenor. Anyway, I don't think the mouthpiece is the problem though as I've been playing that 110/1 Berg for nearly 6 years now and it only started last year.
It doesn't happen every time i play, I'd say 1 in 5 gigs.
It didn't happen when I practice until today - i played for about 20 minutes, had to put the sax down to answer the phone and when i picked it up again there it was, completely stuffed. Had some other mouthpieces lying around so put them on and yup, still very stuffy, on every one of them... I've put the berg back on and as I continued to play it slowly went away.
Anyone has any idea what's going on?