About the Best In Show NAMM 2019 award
Frank Alkyer, Publisher of Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines, moderated a panel of six music retail experts, who shopped the far corners of The NAMM Show exhibit floor to highlight gear that’s sure to make a splash in the new year and beyond. "Best in Show" highlights the can't-miss products, services and technologies at NAMM and features 24 Best in Show winners from various product categories. Key Leaves won in the category of Band & Orchestra Accessory.Read More Here and in the April Edition of Music Inc. Magazine (starting page 90)
About Best of 2019 Tools for Schools award
Each year, SB&O Magazine (School Band & Orchestra Magazine) sends a team of music teachers and music industry pros to The NAMM Show to discover and honor the best “Tools For Schools.” Key Leaves took home honors for “Best Instrument Care Tool” because Key Leaves products are a simple and affordable way for teachers to reduce repair expense and keep student saxophones working well. Read More Here and in the March edition of SB&O magazine (Page 12).
About PRODUCT OF THE YEAR award from The Saxophonist Magazine
The Saxophonist Magazine chose Key Leaves sax key props as PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2018. “Key Leaves, is a wonderful example of how a product can have a positive effect on the saxophone community, regardless of the player’s level of knowledge or experience. They are simple, affordable and useful. Key Leaves upholds all the ideals this award is based upon,” remaked Paul Haar, Editor and Sax Professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Read the full review here.
The Saxophonist Magazine previously awarded Key Leaves two "OUTSTANDING PRODUCT" designation after field testing the Vent Vine™ and Key Leaves sax key props in the summer heat of humid Nebraska; praising the products as "so simple and effective that I have yet to experience sticky keys since using them."
About Key Leaves
Key Leaves is a Seattle-based family business specializing in woodwind care products that stop sticky key malfunction by leaving keys open to dry clean. Key Leaves is the brainchild of Seattle sax player Rulon Brown. Before moving to Seattle for a full-ride scholarship to Cornish College of the Arts and becoming a professional musician, Rulon grew up fixing saxophones at The Horn Doctor music store in Alaska. Like all sax players, he ran into the problem of sticky key pads that cause playing malfunction and costly repair. “I got so tired of seeing fellow players struggle with this problem. I knew there had to be a way to fix it.” said Brown.
When the school bell rings, kids often toss their saxophone into the case without cleaning.
So, Key Leaves conducted a disgusting field test to see if their product worked without ever cleaning the sax for an entire year. The test was simple. Two identical saxophones played 200+ hours each without cleaning and only one of them using Key Leaves products. The Key Leaves sax had 98% fewer sticky rotten sax pads! Best of all, the Key Leaves sax never had any performance stopping stickiness that requires prying stuck pads open by hand. “This was meant as an internal test during product development but we were thrilled to discover it worked so well. The data has become a huge piece of our story and patents. Nothing else has proven so effective.”
See photo comparison, time-lapse video and test results at www.KeyLeaves.com/PROOF
Photo Key Leaves - product on saxophone
Photo Key Leaves - product alone
Photo Rulon Brown - photo by Zorn B. Taylor
Photo Rulon Brown - photo by Renatha Vernon
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