Leave keys open to dry™

Prevent sticky pad rot

Our leaf-shape Key Leaves props open saxophone key pads G#, Eb and Low C# to air dry after you play. They slide safely under the key arms of low Eb and C# without touching pad leather. Because Low C# links with G#, all three of the stickiest sax pads are left open to dry clean and free from sticky pad rot.

Key Leaves saxophone props stop sticky G#, Eb and C# by leaving keys open to dry clean


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Fits Alto, Ten, Bari & Bass

Reduce Repair

Go longer between repairs and have fewer rotten pads. Think of it...

$1,000 for a sax overhaul and $50/hr plus parts for repairs… 

For the cost of one box of reeds you can buy Key Leaves key props to reduce sax repair bills and add years of life to your saxophone.

Health + Safety

Mold, fungus, bacteria and viral growth can infest your sax and degrade your health. Open your sax to breathe fresh air so you and the horn stay healthy.

Safe on Finishes too!

U.S. Made + Guaranteed

Vintage or Modern Saxes

More Play Time!

Teachers hate to see kids miss out because their sax is in the repair shop. Key Leaves keep the saxophone healthy and in your hands.

Never miss a note

Take the stage with a horn you trust. Key Leaves products are proven to stop sticky key malfunction and 98% of all sticky key pads.



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Sticky G# sax pad?

Key Leaves helps you totally prevent sticky G# key pads on your sax. Because when you leave open Low C# on modern saxes it also opens G# to air dry clean. And Key Leaves help you do that instantly and safely. Some early vintage saxes don’t link G# and C# but you can adapt Key Leaves sax key props to work on even early vintage saxes.LEARN MORE at KeyLeaves.com/Instructions

Will it bend keys?

No. WATCH THIS VIDEO. We make Key Leaves sax key props from silicone that flexes and bends so your sax doesn't. We are sax teachers and parents so one of our design goals was, “make it safe enough for a 10 year old!”


Safe in the case?

Key Leaves sax key props are safe in any sax case. We discourage use of soft-wall gig bags because of their unsafe design. But one of our early product testers has been using Key Leaves sax key props in his leather gig bag since early 2017 without any trouble. Meet Nick Torretta

Safe for pads?

Yes. Key Leaves products leave keys open to dry without touching pad leather. That is the simple, natural beauty of our all our patented technology. We provide detailed instructions and video so you can enjoy the full benefits of proper use.

How much time does it take to use?

Vintage saxophones and saxes without G#/C# connection?

The Key Leaves strap rotates, removes and adapts so you can prop vintage sax keys as needed WATCH THIS VIDEO. This is helpful for early vintage saxes with odd key geometry like reverse bell keys and longer reaches.

If your G# key does not open when low C# is opened, we recommend propping G# and Eb directly. See image and video examples at KeyLeaves.com/Instructions

Bari Saxophone?

Safe for my instrument finish?

Yes. Safe for silver, copper, bronze, lacquer, wood and more. We make this product from a specially formulated silicone because it is so gentle on the sax, nothing sticks to silicone, and silicone is water impermeable. That means the oils, moisture or dust from daily use can instantly be wiped away from the surface and the material. So there is no abrasive gunk rubbing on your sax.

Spring tension?

Sax springs are designed to hold their spring for decades and decades of use. Our products open keys the same distance (or less) as normal playing. During more than three years of field testing with pros, teachers, and students, not even one player expressed concern about their springs or any change in playing action.

Key Clamps for my sax?

You cannot use key clamps and Key Leaves sax key props at the same time. Clamping keys is only sometimes useful when mailing saxophones or rough handling them as checked baggage. Using key clamps daily is strongly discouraged because clamping traps rotting moisture against the pad leather and tone hole - leading to metal corrosion, pad rot and a loud "clacking" key action. The best way to keep saxophone pads healthy and stable across various climates is to leave keys open to dry with Key Leaves. That said, there are players who use Key Leaves products daily and then clamp keys when they must check a sax on a plane. For example, watch this product review by Donna Schwartz.

Side Bb, Side C and side F# keys... what about those keys?

We don't offer a product fo the side keys and F# because... 

1) Our field tests showed that simply using a Key Leaves Vent Vine™ with Key Leaves sax key props is so effective it even stops sticky side Bb, sticky side C and sticky alternate F#! We offer this combo as a PREMIUM KIT. Doing this brings so much clean air into the top and bottom of your sax, it helps air dry the middle of the horn. 
2) Most sax cases hold tight against the side keys or allow very little space for them to open. Since we had already found a great way to protect these pads from rot, we keep it simple and avoid the risk of damage from propping open the side keys.

What do Repair Techs think about Key Leaves?

Band instrument repair techs love Key Leaves and are some of our best dealers and endorsers. Many of the finest pro shops and sax specialists in the world recommend our products (MusicMedic, Meridian Winds, SaxCoUK, etc.)

Quality repair techs trust the preventative care of Key Leaves products. See our Artists page to meet some of master sax repair techs who endorse Key Leaves, or find a Key Leaves dealer near you!

Soprano sax?

Key Leaves saxophone props stop sticky G#, Eb and C# by leaving keys open to dry clean