What do you use on your older pads? Is there a special conditioner? Do you use a leather treatment? How often do you use it?
Most brands of pads nowadays are pretreated with a water repellant. You can tell by placing a drop of water on the pad. If it beads up, the leather has been treated. Older pads would just get an instant brown spot. My question about the Ferree's silicone treatment is whether the pads tend to get sticky after a while.My esteemed friend Bob Anram (a phenomenal NY tenor saxophonist) swears by using Blistex to recondition old and dry pads:
The only treatment I apply (when repadding a horn) is Ferree's T80 silicone pad treatment:
But that is a preventative application, and not a restorative one.
Thanks. I'll give it another look. It has been several years since I tried it. I can't remember what I didn't like about it. Does it discolor (darken) the leather once it is applied? That may have been my objection.Hi John,
I've not experienced any sticking as a result of using the Ferrees product. The silicone ingredient is the key. It does seem to help to effectively repel moisture absorption and thus extend the pad's life however.
It depends on the pad. Most new ones do not discolor once the application is dry, but applying it to older, dry pads will tend to darken them that much more.Thanks. I'll give it another look. It has been several years since I tried it. I can't remember what I didn't like about it. Does it discolor (darken) the leather once it is applied? That may have been my objection.
Again, What? and Why?
Well, a mouthpiece can melt quite easily or, if it is rubber it can start releasing sulfur, giving that distinctive "taste of hell".Is that bad to boil the mouthpiece? I put it in a cup of water and Microwaved it for 2 minutes. It might not have really boiled but it got to about 200*.
OK, I think the general consensus is that Mr Saxophone world Headquarters is as bent as a ten bob note regarding his exploits within saxophone land.......BUT! this product is through Music Medic right? surely Kurt Alterak wouldn't be selling it if it was as you suggest?Well.... it looks like a sample for the doctor, so that's probably why the eeeewwwww
The sticking pins is a reference to what we see in films and television shows when a witch doctor inflicts pain by sticking pins in a doll. Calling it Voodoo is pure marketing. Do we still believe in magic?
Leather is processed skin and being an organic product, it has a shelf life and when it's done it's done. I'm a big fan of leather. I have furniture, clothing, footwear and over the years have tried lots of these so called wonder products. Most leather treatments are oil based. Any oil will soften and waterproof leather. The benefits of applying it to pads is suspect. This type of product will only put off the inevitable replacement of pads that are done in my experience.