I wonder if anyone knows a source for "chalk impregnated" paper. I know it exists but cant find anywhere to buy it. If not, any other suggestions for drying pads?
It is made by Yamaha and is called Powder Paper, I have been using a $1 note to stop pads sticking which seems to work as well.
If Stephen Howard says its ok then i think its probably ok What does Griff think?That was always my belief too but I was recently "told off" at a gig for using cigarette paper, the guy told me its abrasive and damages the pad, thats why I was searching for "chalk paper"
I've ordered a pad of powder paper now so I hope it'll be good
NO NO NO DON'T USE TALC!!!!!!!! Sorry SMJ, but it will cause more problems than it cures. Sure, it'll work brilliantly well to start with as it'll stick to the sticky pad and make it appear dry and clean. As soon as it gets moist, and trust me, it'll get moist, it'll turn into a gooey mess and make your pads worse! The best way to cure a sticky pad is to clean it thoroughly. Drip some lighter fluid onto a dollar bill (these are best as they are slightly rough, and the lighter fluid loosens the dirt) slip the bill between the offending pad and the tone hole, close the pad onto the tone hole with light pressure and then slide the bill out using a slight side to side movement. You may need to repeat this several times.
I would never use any powder of any sort on my pads!
Thats why you brush off the talc, or use a hairdryer but on a very cold setting, as long as you get rid of the talc from the pads it'll be fine, a year and a half after talcing and i've still having no problems especially with the g# key and no gooey residue like you mentioned. But it takes a dam good cleaning afterwards, but better than spending £400 on new pads and your sax being out of action for a good month....
If Stephen Howard says its ok then i think its probably ok What does Griff think?