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...i toyed with the idea of this for a thread...but thought it was plain silly!!

has anyone who has travelled to a few lands found that some bills are better than others for cleaning pads????

always knowing that my friends use a dollar bill,is how the thought crossed my mind,as now Im in a land of Euros...

well first time I tried it i grabbed a 20 euro bill...after a few swipes the darned thing ripped in half.....Im sure glad it wasnt a 50!!!

so i guess its not a silly question...whatever is worth the least!!!!!!!!!
 

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The American dollar is such strong currency (not speaking politically, but mechanically), because it isn't just paper. It's a paper cloth. Yes, it can rip, but it is also bias. Think of fiberglass. Very similar. It is a layered material. I have use white paper in a pinch, but an American $1, $5, or $10 bill works wonderfully! I used to always keep an unspent $1 bill in each sax case. That didn't last long though, as I'd invariably spend it! I'd buy a similar cloth paper for $2-$5 that would do the same thing, but wouldn't have the same monetary "tempt" factor!
 

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Pound notes (GB£) are made from tough cloth fibre paper so will withstand being drawn between pads and toneholes. Some may already be impregnated with powder which is most likely cocaine.

Not sure about Austrailian notes as I think they're made from plastic.
 

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rolling papers?

I use Yamaha powder paper, but I like the idea of using $100 bills with a little leftover white powder on them.
 

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...so the debate is now on between which is better the pound or the dollar what is the lowest pound bill 5,or perhaps 2???
 

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yeah ,but they dont make manuscript like they used to ;)
 

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...so the debate is now on between which is better the pound or the dollar what is the lowest pound bill 5,or perhaps 2???
Lowest pound note is a fiver, then a tenner, then a 20 and 50 - the £1 note disappeared in the early '80s a few years after the pound coin went into circulation. Most recent addition are £2 coins but they won't do the toneholes much good!

Although the best notes in any currency to use are freshly printed ones straight from the cash machine or bank as they're clean and crisp - and haven't accidentally gone through the wash or been used to snort illegal substances!
 

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I bet a piece of one of those Tyvek envelopes would be great...and un-rip-able.
 

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What I've observed and what I've heard from old-timers:

Anything strong, malleable, and greasy from use. The non-stick properties of the dollar bill trick come from the cleaning action of the paper being drawn over the tonehole and tonehole impression (which it must be malleable enough to reach well) and the non-stick effect of the oils on the bill from our hands.

If you don't have any oily old bills, pull the crisp new bill over a table corner back and forth to soften it up and then rub it across your nose and forehead. Super gross, but it works.

Of course I think Yamaha powder paper is the best non-stick paper, but maybe that's just because I dislike putting the skin oils of a thousand anonymous people on my pads.
 

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I always start with a $1 bill. If that doesn't get it done I'll move up to a $10. Particularly stubborn cases may require a $20.
 

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What I've observed and what I've heard from old-timers:

Anything strong, malleable, and greasy from use. The non-stick properties of the dollar bill trick come from the cleaning action of the paper being drawn over the tonehole and tonehole impression (which it must be malleable enough to reach well) and the non-stick effect of the oils on the bill from our hands.

If you don't have any oily old bills, pull the crisp new bill over a table corner back and forth to soften it up and then rub it across your nose and forehead. Super gross, but it works.

Of course I think Yamaha powder paper is the best non-stick paper, but maybe that's just because I dislike putting the skin oils of a thousand anonymous people on my pads.
So, I've now heard two theories on why this works. The second (identified above) is that the oils provide a little lubrication to un-stick the pad from the tone hole. The first was that the slightly abrasive properties of dragging the bill across the tone hole (and the pad) remove the gunk that was sticking it in the first place. Granted, these two ideas are not mutually exclusive. Perhaps they both occur?
 

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"The non-stick properties of the dollar bill trick come from the cleaning action of the paper being drawn over the tonehole and tonehole impression (which it must be malleable enough to reach well) and the non-stick effect of the oils on the bill from our hands. "

Yeah, I think its both.
 

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Our currency in New Zealand is solid plastic "paper". It apparently lasts a lot longer than other materials; it will not crease. It's useless for cleaning.
 

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the Euro banknotes (5 € being the smallest Euro denomination in the form of a banknote) are made of cotton fibre. I find the 5 Euro has pretty much the same quality of a dollar bill and gets used as much. I have , in fact, used both a couple of times.

Our shop keepers and supermarkets are pushing to eliminate physical currency and use only plastic. It is already getting increasingly difficult to use cash (although I bought a car a few weeks ago using only cash!) and they have opened some supermarkets where you can only pay with plastic.

I think I should tell our Minister President that you cannot clean a G# by using a credit card. Maybe it would work on the Vibratosax keys!
 
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