I got this advertisement for key leaves and went to their website https://keyleaves.com and chejked out the product but Im not sure how it actually works.
What do you guys think about it and do I even need it if I swab?
These are just to hold open the key cups that would normally be shut. I rarely have trouble with my Eb or C# so I don't worry about those. I use a small wedge shaped piece of cork placed behind the C# table key against the articulated G# tab to hold the G# open. Honestly, I think these Keyleaves are a good idea but grossly overpriced for something that's super easy to fabricate out of a few small pieces of cork for free. If they were $5-$10 I'd buy a set. At $25+ they lost their minds- no way I'm paying that.
I was skeptical at the function and the price. Made my own to test the concept using pieces of silicone tubing and string. Worked great - especially on my tenor. I mostly play alto and it doesn't stick too often but on my tenor that I only play an hour or two a week then put away sticky C# has always been an issue.
After finding out my DIY solution worked great I contacted KeyLeaves about stocking them at our store. Been using them on my bari, tenor and alto for a month or so. Work great.
If you have the time and desire to make your own, go for it. For me, $20 for a product that works and won't wear out seemed like a fair deal.
Also see https://KeyLeaves.com/proof for the results of a year-long scientifically controlled field test. It proved Key Leaves products help you stop 98% of all sticking sax key pads even without cleaning the sax!?! We of course recommend that you swab every time you play but we wanted to test to see if the products could work for a super negligent 10 yr old beginner who was motivated to practice 200 hours per year.
The little leaf shaped props flex and rotate to fit any alto, tenor, bari or bass or c melody saxophone and are safe on all finishes. They work without touching pad leather or causing harm to action, springs, key mechs, etc. You can see dozens of videos of them in action on all types of saxes at https://KeyLeaves.com/instructions
I hope this provides some answers about how safe and effective Key Leaves products are at stopping sticky sax keys and keeping your horn cleaner.
They work brilliantly. Yes, you can make your own options for less money - I cut one of my wife's make up wedges in half and used them for a while. But Key leaves are much easier to use, easier to put on (granted, the wedges weren't hard), conveniently stay connected and aesthetically pleasing.
Are they for everyone? Probably not, but they are a great product, they work, and are really not that expensive
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