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Just a fun and interesting (I think) question I've been thinking about. I'd say the standard choices available to almost everyone is green, red, black, and white. Anyone have a preference? And how strong do you feel about it?
Does one look "classy" or "sophisticated", more so than others?
Is there a color, that if a tech presented you your new overhauled horn, with 'Color X' bumpers, you'd be like, "Sorry man, fine work, but we gotta switch this color!"

And finally, to get real specific, is there a brand of felt that you feel performs the best, holds up the longest, etc., and because of that, you stick with your brand of felts, no matter what?

Thanks guys, let's see what we get! Me??? I think I'm digging that dark green. Kinda goes with everything.
 

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Wghen I had my Pearl Silver Borg repadded with white Roos, my tech suggested red felts- They look great !!

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It's well known Coltrane used to carry duffel bags filled with felt and kept switching color until he quit heroine and discovered a spiritual side to himself. From this moment on, he was regularly heard muttering repeatedly, slowly rocking back and forth in the corner of his practice room:

John Coltrane said:
"If you want to shred, go RED"
 

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Black - I like Black.
 

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I don't let this bother me. If I did, I would never stop changing the f*¢%ing bumpers. I am That Guy sometimes.

If I had my way, I would have black ones on lacquered/brass horns, white ones on silver/gold horns.
 

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We don't need no stinkin' bumpers..... :)

Seriously, this thread made me look again at my S20 as it does not have bumpers like most saxes do. The only felt is on the front F and the upper C key. They are on the bottom of those keys to act as a silencer on the cup below it.
 

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Do they all have to be the same color?

Purple, please, on my silver tenor. Failing that, it just doesn't matter.
 

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I just go with what I think looks best when I replace them on any of my saxes. It varies by finish...sometimes by brand also.

However, true bumper aficionados know that cork is where it's at :bluewink:.

 

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If I were refelting the keywork, then I'd probably go with the following:

Yamaha - purple (but would use cerise felt on Customs if I could get hold of it)
Selmer - green or black
Yanagisawa - white or red (they used to have the red logo so red felts match that)
Buffet - green
SML - red or green
Keilwerth - green
Vintage US (Conn/Buescher/Martin/King/Holton) - green or red, but purple looks good too.

Does anyone know where to get blue felts from? That would look good on a silver plated Selmer to match the blue paint on the cook key.
 

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Buy white ones and dye them blue!

If I were refelting the keywork, then I'd probably go with the following:

Yamaha - purple (but would use cerise felt on Customs if I could get hold of it)
Selmer - green or black
Yanagisawa - white or red (they used to have the red logo so red felts match that)
Buffet - green
SML - red or green
Keilwerth - green
Vintage US (Conn/Buescher/Martin/King/Holton) - green or red, but purple looks good too.

Does anyone know where to get blue felts from? That would look good on a silver plated Selmer to match the blue paint on the cook key.
 

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Black. It hides dirt, hides scorch marks, looks good on all finishes... and I don't have to think so much.
 

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Buy white ones and dye them blue!
D'oh!

Where do you get black felt bumpers and disk.
I think they would look good on silver plate.
I used black felts on a silver MkVI alto which I repadded with Saxgourmet pads as well as coloured in the crook key logo with a black marker pen so it was nearly all black and silver - just the bronze and blued steel springs and crook cork were the only things that weren't silver or black on it.

I cut felt discs for the front F and LH2 fingerbutton from the same thick felt I used for the key felts - the thinner felt was the same cloth used for making tunics from, but you can get black ultrasuede. Black bell key felts can be ordered from most places as they're used on the limited edition Selmers - I think I probably got them from Windcraft.
 

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Purple looks very classy on silver horns. I'm almost out of 1/4" purple and haven't seen any around. Anybody have a source?

Mark
 
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