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Rico Alto Sax Padgards are designed to dry out the instrument and protect the pads from damage caused by moisture. Simple to use and will help keep y...Click To Read More About This Product

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Rico Alto Sax Padgards are designed to dry out the instrument and protect the pads from damage caused by moisture. Simple to use and will help keep your instrument in top condition for years.

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RicoPadgard Alto Saxophone Swab

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Excellent product


from Macon, Ga

Verified Buyer


  • Gets The Moisture


  • None

Best Uses

  • Tenor Alto Sax

Comments about Rico Padgard Alto Saxophone Swab:

I use it for several reasons. It will brush up against the inside of the tone holes to help dry them. You can see the brush in the tone holes as you move it back and forth. Turn the stick several time bringing it in and out to get the job done. THEN take the cloth with the weight on a string and run it through a couple of times to get the rest of the moisture out of the bell area. Some say leave the stick in and some say leave it out. That is up to you to decide. I always take it out and leave the case open after a 4 hour gig to let all the moisture dry. You might want to work the middle Eb and G# keys after a while to make sure they are not sticking. The older style pad saver did have a fair amount of fuzz that would break off inside the horn which gave it a bad name. Cloth can also have small particles that do the same thing. When you first get this pad saver, run your hand in a grip formation up and down the stick to knock off any loose fibers. At any rate if you use "both" styles you will be in business.

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Good tool to use.


from Macon, GA


  • Does The Job


  • I Found No Issues

Best Uses

  • To Get All Water Residue

Comments about Rico Padgard Alto Saxophone Swab:

This Rico Padgard swab sometimes gets a negative review but it does do the job with the help of the traditional pull through cloth style swab with the string and weight.

When you first get the Rico swab, wrap your hand around the swab and rub up and down several times to get any loose fuzz that might still be on it. Some cloth swabs also have some loose material as well. After playing the sax push this swab in and out several times. Then use a cloth swab to make sure you have gotten as much moisture as possible out of the tube.

One thing that I like about this swab is that it brushes up against the inside area of the walls of the tone holes which helps take out residue that may have collected on the inside. I do not believe that a cloth swab will hit the interior of the tone holes.

So with the "combination" of both swabs you should be in good shape. Some say leave the stick swab in the horn in the case after the gig. Some say do not. You will have to decide for yourself. I leave it out and the case open all night after a long gig so that any excess moisture will dry/evaporate in room temperature.

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Don't Buy This


from Ramsey, MN

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Comments about Rico Padgard Alto Saxophone Swab:

If you are in sixth grade it is understandable that you would want to buy this, but if you are not, then I would recommend that you do not buy this. You may thing that this will wick away moisture, but it doesn't. It just pushes it around and grows mold. Also it looks pretty ugly. It's a huge waste of money. If you want to clean your saxophone, use a cloth attached to a string and a weight. You can buy those here too. But I beg you: don't buy this.

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