KEY LEAVES® – Leave keys open to dry™
The most celebrated saxophone care product in decades, the award winning Key Leaves 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 the pad leather. Because Low C# links with G#, all three of the stickiest pads are left open to dry clean and free from sticky pad rot.
Go longer between repairs and have fewer rotten pads.
Replacing a single saxophone pad during an annual service will cost you anything between $15 and $30. The three stickiest pads on the sax almost always need replacing. Or… For less than the cost of one box of reeds, you can buy Key Leaves key props to reduce your repair bill!
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.
Does it stop the G# pad from sticking?
Key Leaves helps you 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.
Will it bend the keys on my sax?
Nope! Key Leaves sax key props are made from silicone that flexes and bends so your sax doesn’t. Designed by sax teachers and parents, one of the design goals was to “make it safe enough for a 10 year old!”
Can I still use my key clamps?
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. Here at Leisure Coast Wind & Brass, we strongly discourage the use of key clamps (which is one of the reasons we don’t sell them) 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 take their sax with them on a plane.
“I’ve been using Key Leaves religiously on my low Eb and C#. They’re great. It fixed sticky G# too.” – Steve Kortyka (Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Brian Newman Orchestra, New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra)
“Great product. I’ve been using the leaves on my horns. Works well! Thanks again!” – Gerald Albright (Saxophonist, Multi-instrumentalist, Acclaimed Recording Artist)
“Key Leaves are simply a fantastic product and long overdue in our field! I use my set every day and I highly recommend them everywhere I go.” – Timothy McAllister (Soloist, PRISM, Interlochen Center for the Arts, University of Michigan)
“I play in some very demanding situations and refuse to let sticky G# trip up my sound. Key Leaves keep my saxophones playing great.” – Ron Blake (Soloist, SNL Band, The Juilliard School)