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Closed saxophone pads get sticky and rot. Leave sax keys open to dry with Key Leaves to cure sticking G#, Eb and Low C# pads forever.

Key Leaves saxophone care product stop sticking saxophone key pads by propping open key arms so pad leather air dry. How to fix sticky G#, G sharp, Eb, E flat, C#, C sharp.
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FAQs about this product

Guaranteed?

Yes. Our job is to help you trust your instrument more fully. If you are not happy with our efforts, contact us and we'll do all we can to make it right for you. See our ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ratings on Google and Amazon.

Sticky G# sax pad?

Key Leaves is here to fix, cure, and completely annihilate sticking G# saxophone key pads! When you leave open Low C# with Key Leaves, the G# pad also opens to air dry clean. Some very early vintage saxes don’t link G# and C# but you can easily adapt Key Leaves sax key props to also stop sticky G# keys on even early vintage saxes.
See the videos on our Help Page

What do Repair Techs think?

Band instrument repair techs love Key Leaves. MusicMedic, Meridian Winds, Sax.Co.UK, Long Beach Woodwinds, and Consistent-C Winds, are just a few of elite pro shops and sax repair techs recommending Key Leaves products. Full list HERE or browse our featured artists page.

Great repair techs earn your respect with solid results and advice you can trust. That's why so many repair techs recommend the preventative care of Key Leaves products. Sure, they will probably replace a few less of your pads by recommending our products, but techs with integrity truly recommend what serves your instrument best.

That's why shops like Buckeye Brass & Winds add Key Leaves sax key props to their rental instruments to help protect their rental saxes and give rental clients a playing experience free from sticky keys.

Will it bend keys?

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

Safe in the case?

Yes. Key Leaves sax key props are safe in any sax case, though we discourage use of soft-wall gig bags because of their unsafe design. That said, one of our early product testers has been using Key Leaves sax key props on his CONN New Wonder tenor sax in his leather gig bag since early 2017 without any trouble. Learn about Nick Torretta.

Safe for pads?

Yes. Key Leaves products leave keys open to dry without ever touching pad leather. That is the simple, natural beauty of our our patented technology.

We also share detailed instructions and video so you can enjoy the full benefits of proper use.

Safe for instrument finish?

Yes. Safe for silver, copper, bronze, lacquer, wood and more. We could have made this product from cheaper rubbers but chose to use a specially formulated silicone because it is so gentle on the sax, nothing sticks to silicone, and silicone is water impermeable. That means the dust, oils and moisture from daily use wipes off instantly, so there is no abrasive gunk grinding on your sax. Or, toss your Key Leaves sax key props in the dishwasher to get it fully sanitized.

Safe for Spring tension?

Yes. 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. But don't take our word for it.
Reviews from Critics and Elite Repair Techs, Players & Teachers.

How much time does it take to use?

It takes about 4 seconds to use Key Leaves sax care products and they add years to the life of your saxophone pads.

Vintage saxes without G#/C# connection?

The Key Leaves strap rotates, removes and adapts so you can prop vintage sax keys as needed. This is great for early vintage saxes with odd key designs 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 more examples at KeyLeaves.com/Help

Bari Sax?

Yes. We made the Key Leaves strap so it rotates, removes and adapts for long reaches on your modern bari sax. Ron Blake (bari player of SNL Band) recommends it.

Here is an early Vintage Bari Example and you can see more at our help page.

Are Open pads bad?

No. Open pads are awesome! They stay soft and healthy longer than closed pads.

Remember - A quality pad installed correctly does its job whether open or closed.

Look at any woodwind instrument and you see most of the key pads are open. Open pads stay healthy longer because they breathe clean air after play rather than being shut to rot onto the tone hole. That's why the open pad leather of saxophone low C can stay clean and free from stick while living between two closed pad neighbors (Low Eb and C#) that are famous for sticky pad rot and replacement.

Look at all the pads of the saxophone above your left hand (palm high D and up). They are all closed to rot and need replacing more often than other pads. So we created our Vent Vine system to keep those open, soft, healthy and sealing.

Key Clamps for my sax?

You cannot use key clamps and Key Leaves sax key props at the same time. Clamping keys is only temporarily useful when freight shipping saxophones or rough handling them as checked baggage. Using key clamps daily is a bad idea 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.

Here is a repair tech video showing one of many reasons why we discourage key clamping.

Side B flat, C and Side F# keys... what about those keys?

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

1) Using our products as directed stops sticky side keys. 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 in our 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) Many 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 a simple, smart solution to an age old issue. Thanks for making these!"

- Ian Hendrickson-Smith
The Roots, The Tonight Show, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

"Since I’ve been using Key Leaves, there hasn’t been any sticky pads, at all! This is a must have product for all saxophonists."
- Camille Thurman
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Composer, Multi-instrumentalist, Vocalist
"Oh my gosh you guys are the best! I have been using the Key Leaves and it has been saving me this whole tour.”
- Lito Hernandez
The Midnight, Kanye West
"I use these on all my saxophones! These Key Leaves do exactly what they say they're supposed to do."
- Jay Metcalf
BetterSax.com
"Every time I use Key Leaves products I have the peace of mind to know that typical sticky key pads will never be a nuisance.”
- Steve Kortyka
Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Brian Newman Orchestra

Fits ALL Alto, Tenor, Bari, Bass

- Fix and prevent sticky saxophone G#, Eb and C# key pads by leaving them open to dry
- Works with Alto, Tenor, Bari and Bass saxophone
- Soft flexible silicone is safe for use inside case
- Save money by reducing sax pad repair
- Leaf-shape props safely open the three stickiest pads to dry clean
*Some early vintage saxes allow use with only two keys at a time.

Exceptional Honors for Exceptional Results

Lighter on the wallet than reeds.
Yet it lasts years and cares for your precious saxophone.

Stay Healthy. Sound Better.
Reduce mold, yeast and bacteria growth that rots your sax and risks your health.

Reduce Repair
Extend pad life and go longer between pad repairs.

Play More!
Keep the sax in your hands making music.

Adapt for Bari + Vintage

Field Tested

98% fewer sticky keys without swab cleaning.
Results are even better with regular cleaning!

Key Leaves product test and review proves they stop sticky keys even without swab cleaning

Click to see more NASTY fROM the Study

Low Eb/D# Saxophone pads comparison showing sticky pad rot without Key Leaves sax key props and clean healthy pad leather with Key Leaves saxophone key props

Eb pad

Comparison of the inside bow of identical saxophones. The sax without Key Leaves care products became sticky and attracted more dust, lint and bacteria than the sax that used Key Leaves sax care products and stayed cleaner.

Bell Bow

Saxophone palm key tone hole that is dirty and sticky compared with a clean tone hole that used Key Leaves Vent Vine™ to prevent sticky pads

High F tone hole

98% Fewer Stuck Pads using Key Leaves products alone! Results are even better when used as directed with swab cleaning.

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Key Leaves saxophone care product stop sticking saxophone key pads by propping open key arms so pad leather air dry. How to fix sticky G#, G sharp, Eb, E flat, C#, C sharp.

GOT QUESTIONS? Here's a deep dive FAQ.

Guaranteed?

Yes. Our job is to help you trust your instrument more fully. If you are not happy with our efforts, contact us and we'll do all we can to make it right for you. See our ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ratings on Google and Amazon.

Sticky G# sax pad?

Key Leaves is here to fix, cure, and completely annihilate sticking G# saxophone key pads! When you leave open Low C# with Key Leaves, the G# pad also opens to air dry clean. Some very early vintage saxes don’t link G# and C# but you can easily adapt Key Leaves sax key props to also stop sticky G# keys on even early vintage saxes.
See the videos on our Help Page

What do Repair Techs think?

Band instrument repair techs love Key Leaves. MusicMedic, Meridian Winds, Sax.Co.UK, Long Beach Woodwinds, are just a few of elite pro shops and sax repair techs recommending Key Leaves products. Full list HERE or browse our featured artists page.

Great repair techs earn your respect with solid results and advice you can trust. That's why so many repair techs recommend the preventative care of Key Leaves products. Sure, they will probably replace a few less of your pads by recommending our products, but techs with integrity truly recommend what serves your instrument best.

That's why shops like Buckeye Brass & Winds add Key Leaves sax key props to their rental instruments to help protect their rental saxes and give rental clients a playing experience free from sticky keys.

Will it bend keys?

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

Safe in the case?

Yes. Key Leaves sax key props are safe in any sax case, though we discourage use of soft-wall gig bags because of their unsafe design. That said, one of our early product testers has been using Key Leaves sax key props on his CONN New Wonder tenor sax in his leather gig bag since early 2017 without any trouble. Learn about Nick Torretta.

Safe for pads?

Yes. Key Leaves products leave keys open to dry without ever touching pad leather. That is the simple, natural beauty of our our patented technology.

We also share detailed instructions and video so you can enjoy the full benefits of proper use.

Safe for instrument finish?

Yes. Safe for silver, copper, bronze, lacquer, wood and more. We could have made this product from cheaper rubbers but chose to use a specially formulated silicone because it is so gentle on the sax, nothing sticks to silicone, and silicone is water impermeable. That means the dust, oils and moisture from daily use wipes off instantly, so there is no abrasive gunk grinding on your sax. Or, toss your Key Leaves sax key props in the dishwasher to get it fully sanitized.

Safe for Spring tension?

Yes. 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. But don't take our word for it.
Reviews from Critics and Elite Repair Techs, Players & Teachers.

How much time does it take to use?

It takes about 4 seconds to use Key Leaves sax care products and they add years to the life of your saxophone pads.

Vintage saxes without G#/C# connection?

The Key Leaves strap rotates, removes and adapts so you can prop vintage sax keys as needed. This is great for early vintage saxes with odd key designs 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 more examples at KeyLeaves.com/Help

Bari Sax?

Yes. We made the Key Leaves strap so it rotates, removes and adapts for long reaches on your modern bari sax. Ron Blake (bari player of SNL Band) recommends it.

Here is an early Vintage Bari Example and you can see more at our help page.

Are Open pads bad?

No. Open pads are awesome! They stay soft and healthy longer than closed pads.

Remember - A quality pad installed correctly does its job whether open or closed.

Look at any woodwind instrument and you see most of the key pads are open. Open pads stay healthy longer because they breathe clean air after play rather than being shut to rot onto the tone hole. That's why the open pad leather of saxophone low C can stay clean and free from stick while living between two closed pad neighbors (Low Eb and C#) that are famous for sticky pad rot and replacement.

Look at all the pads of the saxophone above your left hand (palm high D and up). They are all closed to rot and need replacing more often than other pads. So we created our Vent Vine system to keep those open, soft, healthy and sealing.

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 freight shipping 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 B flat, C and Side F# keys... what about those keys?

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

1) Using our products as directed stops sticky side keys. 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 in our 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) Many 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.