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published 18/07/2008 | paulhanton
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"Calling all Wind instrument players."

Yamaha Powder Pads

What the chuff are these Paul? I hear you ask.

Well, quite simply they are small sheets of paper that have a very slight dusting of powder (like talcum) on one side. Like a pad saver (brush), a crook cleaner and a mouthpiece guard, pad powder papers are an essential part of a saxophone 'kit'.

What for?
Okay, the pads of saxophones (the bits that close to make a seal) are generally made of very soft leather, or sometimes leather substitutes, and there are an awful lot of them. Every 'valve' that closes must make a seal, therefore is reasonably snug. However, like it or not, hot air (yes you can believe that from me) mixed with minute bits of saliva, pervades everywhere with the saxophone mechanism, including getting on the pads.

This means that sometimes we get a condition known as 'sticky pads' where the 'action' of the valves opening is delayed ever so slightly by the pads not moving smoothly away from the seals. Powder paper can remedy this.

Basically one places a small pieces of the powder paper between the pad and the valve, with the powdered side facing the pad, and then gently closes the pad a couple of times, allowing the paper to soak up any residue moisture, and coat the pad with a very thin film of powder, enabling easier movement. One generally needs to do this every couple of weeks, depending on how often and for how long you play.

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These powder paper pads are extremely economical. They cost about a fiver for a whole booklet of 100 sheets (25 sheets of two slightly different triangular sizes and 50 sheets of a large rectangular shape). I find that 3 to 4 sheets will pretty much take care of a complete clean and coat. So One booklet will last a good few months.

I cannot stress enough what an essential piece of kit these are. A cheap and quick alterntaive if you run out are cigarette papers sprinkled with talc (non perfumed). Do not use this often though as it may degrade the pads.

The pads themselves are conveniently 'tear off' from inside a cardboard booklet, and as they are made of paper, the whole deal is okay for the environment.

Why bother?
When one plays an instrument, I think it is important to love it and take care of it, and jobs like cleaning the pads, oiling the springs etc. are tedious, but ultimately worth it. The instrument lasts a longer time, is more reliable and retains value should you ever sell it on.

These pads can be used for any instrument that has closing valve pads; saxophone, clarinet, flute, etc.

PS: the picture shown by Ciao is the old style design, they are in a slightly different pack now.

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  • marymoose99 published 25/07/2008
    Thanks for the info!
  • brereton66 published 22/07/2008
    Can't wait to see the packing.
  • pennywa published 18/07/2008
    good one, you see, you are educating people on this site Paul, no-one knew they existed before or what the hell to do with them if they were given some, lol xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Yamaha Powder Paper for pads

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