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Two part question (and yes I tried to search first)...

1. Are they some special, lint free, fuzz free, softer pipe cleaner or do regular pipe cleaners do the job.

2. Are the useful, necessary, or is there a better tool?
 

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Two part question (and yes I tried to search first)...

1. Are they some special, lint free, fuzz free, softer pipe cleaner or do regular pipe cleaners do the job.

2. Are the useful, necessary, or is there a better tool?
Those are for clarinets. For saxophone, I use a Q-tip, preferably the generic swabs on a wooden dowel that come in packets of 50 or 100. One pack is sufficient for a lifetime in the bottom of your toolbox. I also use them for cleaning the occasional pad that gets a lil’ crust on it.
 

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Yes, for clarinets and oboes.
But ordinary pipe cleaners can be useful for cleaning gunk for sax octave vents. They come in a variety of diameters, some with an aggressive scratch plastic thread incorporated.
But I highly would not recommend using these in the tone holes without taking the relevant keys off. Too much likelihood of pad damage.
 
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