It has to be admitted that, historically, saxophone players have never been good role models, with a history of drug abuse and alcoholism; to a degree seldom found in other fields. I was reminded of this last night at a gig where the bass player commented that the saxophone designers had been considerate enough to provide a bottle opener on the instrument. He was referring, of course, to the yoked octave rocker….perfect for removing a crown cork.
It occurred to me that this was part of a pattern, as I used to park my cigarette (before the Nanny State) by jamming it between the flying crook brace and the neck of my R&C tenor. I have seen other players who, with great aplomb, could unerringly & quickly locate the interstices of the low C guard. Further, someone once said that the soprano was unpopular with players because there was no-where to hide their drugs. Racking my brain, I can find no such conveniences on the oboe.
( post courtesy of Lewis Pelham )