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I have several of these Hamilton Sax Stands with rotted foam tubing (Model KB560).

Over the years, the black foam tubing has rotted, deteriorated and split causing the sax to pivot, scratch and require re-positioning. I do not like using the stands like this.

Does anyone know what type, and technical size this Black Foam Tubing is and where I can order it from. Home Depot does not have it and ordering it online is unproductive if I do not know the exact measurements of the tubing.

It is a little difficult to measure being so old, split, and rotted.

I'm hoping, maybe someone here has had this problem and has a link for the foam tubing that they were successful using.

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Pipe insulation - home depot
 

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Well, first of all, the Hamilton stands don't use foam, at least not all of the ones I've seen.

Second, go to a real hardware store, not Home Despot or Lowe's, and they will have a selection of tubing of different materials sold by the foot. Try different ones till you find something you can cram on there and won't fall off.

You try to order a foot of generic plastic tubing you'll pay three times the cost of the tubing in shipping, or you'll have to buy a 20 foot roll that you'll never use up.

If you don't have a silver plated horn, auto parts stores have a good selection of tubing too, but most of it's vulcanized rubber and will tarnish silver.
 

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If all else fails, a quick wrap with self adhesive 'vet wrap' will work in a pinch. It comes in several colors and patterns if you're feeling festive.
That being said, a plastic tubing would be my suggestion for a more permanent solution.
 

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Well, first of all, the Hamilton stands don't use foam, at least not all of the ones I've seen.
How far back are you thinking? The ones I got in the 70s used foam. But I've also seen rubber(vinyl?) on others, possibly from the 60s.

I much prefer lighter, modern stands, which also tend to be dirt cheap. I've gotten several very rugged double stands for $10 each on sale. Not worth sourcing and paying shipping for bunch of special foam you'll never use up.

@Global Woodwind, can you be more specific about the pipe insulation? What I recall being available at Home Depot is typically at least a half inch thick and quite large in diameter. Wouldn't come anywhere close to fitting a stand.
 

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@Global Woodwind, can you be more specific about the pipe insulation? What I recall being available at Home Depot is typically at least a half inch thick and quite large in diameter. Wouldn't come anywhere close to fitting a stand.
Sorry? Was this for me? I'm just at a loss as to your question?
 

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Don't forget you can always just wrap the sucker in electrical tape.

Don't overthink the thing. You just want to pad it enough not to scratch the horn.
As an old electronics tech, use 3M tape, but never use black tape.
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Joe Allard just draped an old towel over the stand. I never particularly liked that solution, so I used a length of narrow rubber tubing. It was ribbed, which gave it an extra bit of bite. However, this was years ago, and I've not been able to find a suitable replacement since then.
 

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3M rubber repair tape is a good option, since it‘s heavy duty. Another option is hockey stick tape.
 
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