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H.W. Alto Sax Pad-Saver

by H.W.

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  • Woodwind saver for alto saxophone
  • Instantly wisks corrosive moisture from pads, tone holes, and bore extending life of the pads and saving money
  • Made of micro-fiobermaterial that will not shed, shrink, or bleed
  • Can be stored inside or outside of instrument
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 2.8 x 0.6 inches ; 3.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0007XE8YO
  • Item model number: UALT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

Product Description

Keep your instrument clean and playing consistently with superior quality swabs and brushes made by HW Products. Only the best methods and materials are used to make tools that safely and easily sweep particles away and remove damaging moisture from critical areas of your instrument.

Customer Reviews

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By nonpareil TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 9, 2013
OK, so I bought one of these alto sax "pad-savers" from one of the big music equipment houses. As I've stated in other reviews, your local music store and the manufacturers of these things will tell you to store them in the instrument but DON'T! Holding the moisture on or near the pads WILL rot the pads over time. Some few less-scrupulous repair persons (the exception, not the rule) love that because it means more repairs sooner. However, to say these things are not useful at all is throwing the baby out with the bath water, if you'll permit me an aphorism. BECAUSE these HW ones will take the moisture out of your horn better and easier than anything else I've used over my long life as a woodwind musician. The obvious solution to the known fact that they should not be stored in the horn, is to store them outside the horn. Duh! When practicing at home, I simply leave them to air dry. If cleaning the horn after rehearsal or concert, I do put them in the case with the instrument (temporarily, removing them as soon as I get home) if there is room and otherwise, for example with the fitted SKB case belonging to one of my altos, I carry them separately, in the bag that I have to have for music and stand anyway.

And I want to say that I prefer this HW brand over the other well-known one because HW seems to use absorbent cotton fiber as opposed to some non-absorbent artificial fuzz.

Nice color too. I have the curvy bell ones too, for both alto and tenor. The tenor ones are a delightful bright blue.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By orr333 on February 14, 2011
We just brought my daughter's sax in for new pads and tuning. The technician is an expert sax player and repair tech. He told us these do more damage than they are worth. You are better off running a swab through the horn to get the moisture out and then leave it open. These collect the moisture and hold it there against the pads causing them to wear faster. He suggested just making your own swabs using pieces of old t-shirts.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Thundenlitenen on July 9, 2010
These things will rot out your pads. They tend to increase mold and hold moisture in the sax longer, wearing through pads quickly. They also leave fuzz in the pads. I used one for a short while and found that my pads were sticking all the time and rotting at an alarming rate. Few people swear by them but I tend to swear at them. Not a good investment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Pilot on December 2, 2013
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There's a lot of controversy in the "bandy" community about the use of these, but I think if you use them for the right reason, they can be very beneficial. You either need to use them as cleaning tool or a residual moisture wick, BUT NOT BOTH! If you use them as your primary cleaning tool and then leave them in the instrument, you're leaving a wet swab in your instrument and that defeats the purpose. So if you use them to clean the instrument then you should store the wet brush outside of the instrument (in the case). Or if you use the usual silk rope swab to clean the instrument and then put this in the instrument to soak up any residual (small) amount of moisture that might still be there to help protect the pads, then that should be okay to leave it in the instrument.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Happy User! on February 27, 2014
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HW pad savers are super soft, durable, and don't leave fibers in your horn. What else do you want? :-)

NOTE!! To the folks who don't understand horn maintenance--clean with your swab first!! Pad savers are to collect excess moisture AFTER you run the swab!!! If you just use a pad saver WITHOUT running the swab first, they WILL collect too much moisture which is NOT good.

Know your stuff before posting reviews, please. This is a great product and doesn't cause ANY problems when used properly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phil Howell on June 3, 2014
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Went beyond my expectations and should I need another one I will purchase this same item with great pleasure. Thank you very much
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcia on October 4, 2012
This pad-saver is softer and more absorbent than another brand I have used. I will be purchasing one for my tenor sax, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By International on November 7, 2013
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A good cleaner. It's a it stiff at first, but it eventually becomes very flexible. No damage to the instrument.
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