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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000902.txt from 2001/05

From: "Lacy, Edwin" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Pad Savers
Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 16:49:29 -0400

> Are pad savers (the brushes that you put in a clarinet when it's in it's
> case) really bad for a clarinet? If so, why?

These devices are among my pet peeves. They really aren't very absorbent,
so rather than removing moisture from the instrument, they just move it
around a little and hold it there. The results can be mold, mildew,
unpleasant smells, and deteriorating pads. Especially in a humid climate
such as that in the midwest where I live, I much prefer to remove moisture
from the instrument. I sometimes have students who come to the university
using the so called "pad savers," but after a little discussion of the pros
and cons, they invariably decide that they will revert to more traditional
swabs. I will admit that the blue, feathered things look cool to students.
In my opinion they just aren't very useful.

Ed Lacy
University of Evansville

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