The prime purpose of the neck plug is to protect the vulnerable and exposed octave pin. It has always occurred to me that the plug is less than perfect for this role because the pin is still exposed with the plug in position. In fact, because of the position of the pin, at the rear of the sax main tube, the pin is vulnerable even with the sax "safely" in it’s case.
With this in mind, I have devised the "Pelham Pin Protector" with a protective skirt attached to the plug. Photographs are shown of the Mk 1 prototype….consisting of an appropriately sized socket (as the plug) onto which I have soldered a suitably sized screw cap. Click on any of the photographs for a larger image
Having established that it works, and fits into the case, I will turn up a rather less ugly version, in aluminium. Another advantage of the PPP is that, because of it’s size, it prevents groping around one’s sax case for the neck plug in dark clubs, apres-gig.
( published by Lewis Pelham )