I talk to so many players these days who struggle with neck problems. And if you’re a baritone player then neck problems are even more common. This week I’ve been experimenting with a strap that claims to help.
Now firstly I must say that personally I haven’t had any problems with my neck or back. I am however a huge fan of comfortable neck straps because I wear one for hours every day.
Johann Cebulla came up with the design of his neck strap after suffering with neck issues when playing for long periods of time. And it’s a clever design with two separate neck cushions built into the leather strap, that distribute the saxophone’s weight on the sides of the neck rather than the centre.
Also, the strap strap itself is quite wide and cleverly shaped so it’s very comfortable when curved around your neck. It looks a little unusual but definitely works when you have it on.
I found the Cebulla strap very comfortable both with an alto or tenor. Even with a heavier baritone sax it felt great. The weight of the sax is still around your neck but the cushioning design really works and the curved ‘yolk’ like shape of the strap makes a big difference for me.
I often find with straps that have a neck cushion connected to a string strap that the ends of the neck cushion dig into my collar bones. Maybe it’s me (big collar bones?) but it can be really annoying.
The Cebulla strap curves out at the point where the string is connected making it loads more comfortable than even my neotech strap.
The length adjuster is very positive and doesn’t slip. Plus the string design is great onstage because it’s unobtrusive.
The Cebulla strap is available in 22 different combinations of strap length, clasp and leather colour so there is something for everyone. They also have a model with an extra wide adjuster that reduces the pressure on the front of your neck.
Overall, I think these are great quality straps. They are comfortable, well made and look fantastic. It has already made my week of saxophone playing much more comfortable. And if you struggle with neck issues then it could just work for you too.