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What is the best way to clean build-up, gunk off the pads? My pads have some debris where they are seated. I'm using alcohol + q-tips but it's not getting it off...
 

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Try lighter fluid (naptha) pn the pads. And a very, very fine grit sandpaper on the tone holes.
 

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I use lemon juice, it works very well or baby oil

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Remove the pads, place them on a belt sander with a 400 grit belt at the slowest speed possible. Dress them lightly, then throw them away and install clean new pads.

If you've got buildup a cleaning is temporary at best. Figure out where the build up comes from and deal with that and then replace the pad.
 

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Carl H. said:
Remove the pads, place them on a belt sander with a 400 grit belt at the slowest speed possible. Dress them lightly, then throw them away and install clean new pads.

If you've got buildup a cleaning is temporary at best. Figure out where the build up comes from and deal with that and then replace the pad.
I've had the horn overhauled about a year ago, but I haven't put my mileage on it... I didn't notice it until I took it to a different tech (I moved so I couldn't return to my old tech).

I'll try the other stuff... and see what works best.
 

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Carl H. said:
Remove the pads, place them on a belt sander with a 400 grit belt at the slowest speed possible. Dress them lightly, then throw them away and install clean new pads.

If you've got buildup a cleaning is temporary at best. Figure out where the build up comes from and deal with that and then replace the pad.
...you beat me too it...
 

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decade said:
I've had the horn overhauled about a year ago, but I haven't put my mileage on it... .
All the mroe reason to follow Carl's advice... "Figure out where the build up comes from and deal with that ..."

What you use to remove the build-up dpeends on what the build-up is. Food? Shove-it fluff? Mineral deposits from saliva? Dead mouth lining tissue? Sugar? Tar from tobacco smoke? A combination?
 

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retread said:
Try lighter fluid (naptha) pn the pads. And a very, very fine grit sandpaper on the tone holes.
I just tried the lighter fluid, applied with a Q-tip on a sticky G#. So far, it works great. Now, to see how long it stays working. (No, I didn't light it!)

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apologies for straying off topic. but...

Gordon (NZ) said:
Shove-it fluff?
i'm hoping for this to be the something new one learns everyday for this particular day. WHAT is shove-it fluff?

and decade, good luck with the pads.
 

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steakboy said:
apologies for straying off topic. but...



i'm hoping for this to be the something new one learns everyday for this particular day. WHAT is shove-it fluff?

and decade, good luck with the pads.
You may not want to know. I read Gordon's post while I was trying to eat breakfast. Lost my appetite right away!
 

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You may not want to know. I read Gordon's post while I was trying to eat breakfast. Lost my appetite right away!
roflmao. now i'm REALLY curious. i take it that it's not a variety of vegemite then?

(and for the record, i *did* use the search function...)
 

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It's lint from some brands of pad savers (the long, fluffy things inserted into a sax to remove moisture).
 

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The build up is green. I clean out the horn after each use by using this selmer hankerchief on a string. I never leave use those fluffy things.
 

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My teacher taught me to put a dollar bil between the pad and the tone hole, press the key down so the bill is squeezed between the two, and slowly pull the bill out. The microscopic ridges on the money's ink removes the gunk.
 

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For serious problems when a dollar bill isn't enough, try a $20 or even a $50. ;)
 

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retread said:
For serious problems when a dollar bill isn't enough, try a $20 or even a $50. ;)
I tried a $100 bill, and it left a white powdery residue. What's up with that?;)
 
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