One of the most common problems we face as sax players is when pads stick down. This is not due to faulty pads or mishandling, rather it’s a result of foreign substances depositing on the pads surface forming a sort of ‘glue’.These substances include
- Corrosive saliva
- Food traces
If we follow the path that these combined substances take through the sax we will see that they eventually settle at the Bb, A, G# and then end up at the bottom of the sax (Eb, C, C#)
The pads that remain closed until opened will be more prone to sticking over time. The usual pads are the G#, the low C# and Eb especially on altos where the angle is slightly different.
Instruments with rolled tone holes are also a little more prone to attract sticky build up due to more contact area.
For decades we have seen many unsuccessful attempts to solve this problem including using paper money to wipe clean the pad surface, oil solutions, and even talcum powder to absorb moisture. This quickly turns to an even stickier mess. The only answer to this problem is the product …… SAX DIRT.
Sax Dirt contains graphite, a dry lubricant barrier that won’t react chemically with any other foreign substance. It won’t upset the pad seat in fact it will assist with any imperfections caused by corrosive saliva.
Just brush SAX DIRT liberally into the impression of the pad. With SAX DIRT, you’ll notice immediate and lasting results.