The Christian McBride Big Band sax section recommends Key Leaves saxophone care products. Photo at Dizzy's Jazz Club, June 2019. L to R: Dan Pratt, Carl Maraghi, Ron Blake, Lakecia Benjamin (subbing but also a Key Leaves endorser), and Todd Bashore. Not present is section leader, Steve Wilson.
Watch a playlist of Key Leaves product reviews
2 OUTSTANDING PRODUCT Designations from TheSaxophonist.org for our Vent Vine™ and Key Leaves sax key props.
Meet some of the world-class repair techs, sax teachers and pro players who endorse Key Leaves.
"I use these on all my saxophones! These Key Leaves do exactly what they say they're supposed to do." - Jay Metcalf of BetterSax.com
"I repair saxophones and am a teacher in the area... I think these products are absolutely fantastic." - Alex Singleton (repair tech / teacher)
"The short of it is that Key Leaves are a no-brainer for saxophonists of all ages. After using the Key Leaves on alto and soprano, as well as the Vent Vine, I can say for certain that these products are not only well designed and made, but they are a true necessity for maintaining any saxophone. With Key Leaves’ products, I no longer have issues with any pads sticking, or making “sticky” noises while I play. Every time I teach a masterclass in Texas I get asked about the “weird green things” I’m putting on my saxophone and I’m always happy to share these products and recommend them to students." - Sarah Hetrick (Saxophonist, Educator, Arts Administrator)
"Diggin' the newly acquired Key Leaves! Sticky C#, G#, and Eb BE GONE! Next up, the Vine for the palm keys! Thanks Key Leaves for one helluva product!" - Kevin J. Stewart (Solo Artist, Professor of Saxophone at UC Davis)
"I have struggled with sticky G# keys for a long, long, long, long time...however since I've been using the the Key Leaves I've not had a sticky G# key. Fantastic!" [watch video here] - Dan Forshaw (Cambridge Sax / YouTube Sax Vlogger / Teacher)
"I’ve been using Key Leaves since the NAMM show after a friend recommended the products to me. I have to say, they’re doing a lot of great things for me. No sticky G#/C# keys!!! I have so much less to worry about when I’m using these products. It makes my stage life easier."
- Ryan Saranich (Saxophonist/Multi-Instrumentalist/Brit Floyd)
"Thank you for this amazing product! I really don’t know how I ever lived without it, and I’ve even got my students using key leaves as well. I haven’t had a sticky C#, G#, or Eb since I started using them on my alto, it’s remarkable, especially considering Austin’s erratic and humid weather."
- Benjamin Kessler (Austin Saxophone Ensemble)
"I truly love this product. I wish I had this 10 years ago!"
- Sean Imboden
"I have been using the Key Leaves and it has been saving my horn this whole tour!!!"
- Lito Hernandez
"I have about 55 private students that I see every week... Key Leaves are a great way for them to not only prevent sticky keys... they can take the two seconds to put in their Key Leaves and make sure their horn is in peak condition for when they play it next."
- Elizabeth Rosinbum
"Nerd Alert - but I am IN LOVE WITH my new Key Leaves. They’re keeping my Mark VI going more than strong on this tour. If you play saxophone you really should get purchasing."
- Christopher Duffin
"No more sticky keys!"
- Tino Martinez
"I'm pleased with the Vent Vine and Key Leaves. My body chemistry has always been hard on my horns. I have learned over the years that I have to clean, oil and maintain my instrument more than most players in order to keep my horns in good playing conditions. These products have made my job easier. I'm thankful."
- P. Manzell Bledsoe
"Loving my Key Leaves which proved my skepticism wrong."
"I have NEVER had a sticky key since I stared using them. love everything about Key Leaves!"
- Jacob Peery
"They help keep the pads from sticking and work well."
- Neil Battaglia
"Key Leaves keep the body and pads on your saxophone clean and dry. While I don't personally play sax, I can tell you as a repair tech that keeping your sax clean means less maintenance needed, and less money spent in the long run."
- Andrew Kagerer - Band Instrument Repair Tech
"Really loving these Key Leaves on my tenor, alto, and soprano. Even tried them for a while, went back to nothing for a few days, and used them again to be sure. They work."
- Brady Leafloor
"If you're looking for a really simple solution to a universal saxophone problem which is the sticky G# key, I highly recommend Key Leaves."
- Scott Paddock
"I've been using your product on my tenor and love it.
- Bob Hemenger
"These are brilliant - they work. Easy to use and cool."
- Tim Price
"No sticky C#, G# or D#’s after last nights hot & humid gig. Woohoo!"
- Al Homicz
"Seriously, if you play saxophone you should buy Key Leaves. I've been using mine for a week and the improvements I've seen in my horn are so amazing."
- James McCarthy
"No sticky keys since I started using Key Leaves! These are so great! I've been so impressed with the fact that I haven't needed any powder paper! I've been showing them off to every sax player I work with!"
- Richard Page
"I have been using Key Leaves for five days, and I have to say that they are so simple and yet, they are very effective. The soft material is gentle on the finish of my VI and the product does what it says it does. I place the key leaves after swabbing and the pads are allowed to dry and do not stick or rot. I have tried all sorts of pad powders, papers, etc., and other than key leaves, I have only found one that worked. Good riddance, sticky G#/C#/Eb pads (-among others). Thanks, Rulon Brown!"
- Jordan VanHemert
"I’m an Air Force Veteran and after fixing and working with aircraft for 20 years I am a believer In preventative maintenance. Pads are expensive and the labor to replace them is equally as costly so I ordered the Key Leaves to prolong the life of the pads while keeping my new Eastman 52nd Street sax aired out."
- Brian M.
"This sax will never know a sticky G# or pad rot."
- David Bissell
"Really digging my new Key Leaves!"
- Samuel Lock
"I use Key Leaves on my horns because they help keep keys from sticking and will extend the life of some of my pads."
- Andy Austin
"I got the Key Leaves from St. John's (Canada)... Having used them for a few weeks, I am happy with them. On my alto, the C# is really bad for sticking. I've even asked the shop to add strength to the C# spring which they did. It still sticks. After using Key Leaves for a few weeks, that problem is gone. I can even 'press down' on the C# key and it won't stick."
- Bruce W.
"These things are amazing!"
- Michael Hernandez (MANA Quartet / San José State University)
"..got a set of Key Leaves to use on my horn! I love 'em already!"
- Candido Abeyta (Sax player for Neon Trees)
"Every saxophone player should know about this. Keeps pads from sticking and rotting. I have one and I love it. It's gonna save me money."
- Tina Richerson
"A few months ago I got a set of Key Leaves and have been very pleased with the results! I saw @saxspy posting about these and thought I’d give it a try. The usual suspects (C#, G#, D#) were always sticking, even though I had maintained the horn well. Now my frustrations are a thing of the past and I get to keep my dollar bills in my pocket instead of my case."
- Alex Sadnik
"Haven't had a sticky pad since! Big thanks to Key Leaves... They work great on all of our vintage and newer horns."
- Big Blitz Band
"Less repairs, less sticky keys, less pad rot, less corrosion."