Re: cleaning pads
Don't use any solvent on your pads. You are right by using a piece of paper, just insert it close the key and gently pull the paper out. I try to do this before I play so the pads are dry (this one is a matter of opinion, i don't like the paper tearing and little pieces getting caught on the pad). Some people say to use a dollar bill to do it, I personally don't want the oil and dirt of tons of fingerprints going on my leather pads. I try to use only white paper, so that its ink free. I play frequently and clean the pads about once a week, or when they get bad, but I dry out the horn after I play, everytime.