Tips and Tricks

When I was in the fifth grade, I joined the school band.  I was already a fairly proficient piano player (for a 10-year-old), and decided I wanted to try my hand (and lip) at the saxophone.  My Mom took me to a local music store, and we left with a very nice student model alto sax.

When I got it home, we took it out of the case and tried to assemble it. It was only three pieces (body, neck, and mouthpiece), and we had seen saxophones before, so it went together pretty quickly. Thing is, we couldn’t figure out how to get the cap off the mouthpiece…it looked like this:

We loosened the screws, and it all fell apart in my hands…this was before I learned to pay close attention to what something looked like in its properly assembled state BEFORE I started messing with it…and I had no idea how to get it back together.

Right then, my best friend Danny, who lived down the street, and had been playing the trombone for a whole year, dropped by. His older sister played the clarinet, so he knew exactly how this thing worked, even if he didn’t know how to play it himself. He put it back together for me, and showed me that all you had to do was remove the cap, and it was ready to go:

This is the first time I’ve told this story in public. I’m a lot more mechanically inclined now than I was in grade school (although, admittedly, it would be hard not to be,) but I do think back to that day whenever I have the pleasure of helping a customer out with a particular issue with a Vortex Tube: We offer a Cold Muffler for sound level reduction for all three sizes of Vortex Tube. The one for the Small Vortex Tube simply threads into the Cold Cap…I could have done this when I was ten; no problem. The Cold Mufflers for the Medium and Large Vortex Tubes, though, have threads that engage the Vortex Tube body, not the Cold Cap outlet.  Here’s how it works with a Medium Vortex Tube.  The Large is…well, larger, but the concept remains the same:

EXAIR Application Engineers are keenly interested in helping you get the most out of our products. This is just one of the many “tips and tricks” we can provide. If you need help, we’re only a phone call, email, or Live Chat away.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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