I recently got a new neck strap that I am thrilled about! The Yamaha Air Cell neck strap is a simple device that works great! I have always fluctuated between modern shoulder harness straps and conventional neck straps, but I found that the shoulder harness straps create more tension on the lower back. The reason for this is that shoulder harness straps don't provide the proper positioning for playing with good posture. I'm happy to report that with the Yamaha Air Cell Neck Strap I can play many long 3 to 4 hour gigs with no back pain! This neck strap has a great rubber casing around the hook which prevents damage to your saxophone. When I was in college at Manhattan School of Music I practiced up to six hours every day and had to have my hook rings on all my saxophones replaced because they became badly worn out. Back then I played on a Ishimori brand Japanese neck strap that did not come with a rubber hook protector. Having that small protective layer would have saved me a lot of money in the long run.