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I just purchased a used soprano that based on its serial no. is from the late 1980s. I suspect the pads are original but I would not know how to judge that. What I can say is that they are not new. There are no tears and only slight discoloration on the pads covering normally closed tone holes (i.e. C#, G#, chromatic-F#, etc.) I think for the most part (other than the slight darkening) they look pretty good; however, they look like they should be cleaned. The pads that are normally open look almost new. What is the best system to clean or treat older pads? Over the years I've heard suggestions like lighter fluid, alcohol, lemon oil, etc. but since there are a lot of really informed minds here on the forum I thought I would reach out for advice.