We’ve compiled questions most often sent in by our clients. Please take a look prior to contacting us.
What's the difference between the BREATHTAKING Strap and a typical consumer strap?
The BREATHTAKING Strap was designed to rest on the shoulders and not sit on your neck. Hence, the weight of the instrument is distributed in 3 different directions along the entire area of contact of the strap to the body, leading to a lighter feeling of the instrument and allowing for a relaxed posture.
The Front Bar opens up the neck and chest area and prevents constriction when breathing.
By supporting a relaxed posture and promoting deeper breathing, the sound resultantly becomes more resonant and technical components of performance are more easily controlled by the user.
*Acquired Patents: “Side Strap Design” and “Front Bar”
Why should the Side Auxiliary Strap be loosened?
When the Side Auxiliary Strap is tightened, the chest may be constricted which may impede breathing.
The beneficial effects of the Side Auxiliary Strap can be felt fully even when worn loose.
What is the purpose of the Side Auxiliary Strap?
The Side Auxiliary Strap allows part of the weight of the instrument to be distributed along the backside and, at the same time, helps prevent the strap from moving up the neck.
This part is critical in allowing the strap to sit and stay at an optimal position during performance.
How can I determine the proper size for myself?
Sizing affects the length of the cords, length of the leather as well as the overall curvature (circumference) of the strap.
Hence, we highly recommend trying the strap out in person.
The strap is fundamentally designed to be used from soprano saxophone down to baritone saxophone so it’s best to fit the strap to your own body rather than the instrument you’ll be dominantly using.
What can I do if the front cord is too long (strap won't adjust high enough)?
What's the optimal position for the Front Bar?
Adjusting the Front Bar higher or lower affects the resulting sensation in the distribution of weight along the shoulders.
The movement of posture and the body during performance also affects where one would experience weight distribution so it’s best to determine on your own, the optimal position by adjusting the Front Bar higher or lower until it’s just right for your own body.
If after adjusting the Front Bar that you find the front cord too long, please refer to “Q: What can I do if the front cord is too long (strap won’t adjust high enough)?“
Why do you recommend massaging the leather?
Massaging the leather that rests on the shoulders helps the leather become more supple and conform to the body.
This can be applied to both brand new and used straps.
The fitment of the strap will improve drastically; please refer to our video tutorial for guidance.
*not necessary for the back strap
For Saxophone, Bass Clarinet and Bassoon Straps
For Clarinet Straps
Can the elastic band by the hook be replaced?
We use an original elastic band made specifically for our straps but a generic hair tie/band will suffice as a replacement and can be easily done on your own.
The elastic band tends to wear down when the Side Auxiliary Strap is adjusted too tight. Please loosen this area to reap the full benefits of the BREATHTAKING Strap.
What is the difference(s) between the Lithe Premium II -standard hook- and the -safety hook- versions for saxophones?
Our standard version utilizes an open-ended hook developed to maximize the resonance of the instrument. Unlike other hooks and materials, our original coating and choice metals allow the instrument to achieve the highest potential of resonance.
The safety hook version is best for those concerned about instrument drops, marching band, or for children.
Why did you utilize elastic cords in the clarinet strap?
In performance, clarinetists require some degree of motion. Hence, we chose an elastic cord with lower levels of stretch to support this aspect of performance.
My clarinet doesn't have a hook ring to attach a strap. Can I still use it?
We understand that not all clarinets have a hook ring for neck strap use. That’s why a “Thumb Rest Cord” is included with each strap to be used with all types of clarinet thumb rest designs.
However, the “Thumb Rest Cord” is at best a temporary solution. We recommend pairing the strap with our “BREATHTAKING Thumb” for enhanced effects of the strap during performance.
Is the strap for use with standing, sitting, or both?
The strap can be used for both standing or sitting. There will be increased stability and balance when using the strap in conjunction with end pin of the bass clarinet.
Can I use the strap with a balance hanger?
Yes, when using a balance hanger, the strap may be too long. If this is the case, please shorten the overall cord length.
The vinyl tubing that was on the safety hook of the saxophone strap has ripped off. Can I get a replacement?
Additional Vinyl Tubing (in packs of 10) can be purchased through our Authorized Retailers.
The vinyl tubing may wear away if the hook ring on the body of saxophone has worn down to expose sharp or abrasive surfaces. The hook ring can be replaced by a qualified repair technician and is recommended.