We had a client named JD Smith (TracesOfGold.com) who wanted his WX5 to have a little more heft and weight to allow for easier transition back and forth from his WX5 to his saxophones. Here’s what he came up with. It’s a simple, low cost, and elegant solution. Quoting JD:
Question, can I use the so called Dummy Batteries to give the wx5 the weight lost by removing the batteries. I prefer to not leave them in as the might corrode and make a mess.
[Art responded that dummy batteries probably have no substantial weight since they are likely to be plastic or cardboard inside a plastic shell.]
I just went to Lowes and bought a length of 3/8 steel rod I am going to cut an put heat shrink tubing on each dummy battery. I’ll send you a pick and share the results.
C ost $5.78 for 3/8 steel rod from Lowes
18″ 1/2 heat shrink tubing
Cut the rod into lengths to approximate length of the batteries less the ‘bump’ at the + end. Cut 3″ length of heat shrink tubing
Insert rod into tubing. Use some wd40 as it is a tight fit
Use heat to shrink the ends
Snip off the ends leaving about 1/8″
Insert into WX5
The instrument now weighs 1.7 pounds. A very nice comfortable feel. I am constantly switching between wx, alto, and tenor sax.
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