I've been looking for a better strap to reduce the discomfort on my neck when I play. has anyone tried the Oleg Strap?
"Designed to alleviate pressure-caused discomforts of conventional straps, the Oleg Ergonomic strap features a recessed neck cushion, smooth action sliders and an easy release hook."
I recently purchased something called a "breathtaking" saxophone strap, which serves as a harness but centers the weight on your shoulders, instead of your back or neck. I suffer from severe low back pain, and harnesses always increased that problem. This strap is the best thing for ergonomic saxophone playing, especially for those who suffer with neck and back pain. It also transforms your breathing and really opens up your chest.
Unfortunately they are expensive and hard to obtain. They are only made and distributed in Japan, so I got mine from a friend of my teacher's named Jun Okada, a pianist who distributes them in the US. Her email is Pianistjunokada@gmail.com and she's pretty good about responding.
Hope this helps... if you're serious about saxophone and play for 5+ hours a day, this is very worth the price. Cost range is about $190-$260.