I agree - I've never had a problem with the HW pad savers shedding fibers or falling apart. I've been using my alto one at least 8 years now with no problems and also have one for tenor and soprano. I use a silk pull through swab on the neck and mouthpiece so never bothered to get a neck saver.The HW Pad Saver is excellent...Some of the other brands are the ones that have given pad savers a bad reputation...Since I swab my neck after playing with a clarinet "hanky swab" I have found no need to use one in my necks or mouthpieces (mouthpiece mouse).
As with many things related to sax pad care there are different schools of thought;I would like to ask would there be any issue with placing "something" between the normally closed pads when storing the horn.
Good idea. Never thought about that one.Sure, all you need to do is jimmy the low C# with whatever you have, folded business card, napkin, etc, because it is linked to the G# tone hole and will actuate it to open. Specifically on a soprano, that can make all the difference in the world for the life of the pad but it also has some benefits on alto and tenor.