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A Question About Sticky Pads

Postby thebrandyman » Wed May 30, 2018 2:08 pm

Hi all,

I was hoping someone could lead me into the right direction with this.

I am interested in using sticky pads similar to the way that Chris Olka has them glued (if that is correct) onto his tubas. A couple of questions come to mind.

1. Are they in fact, glued?
2. If all goes well, I do not plan on keeping either of my horns. Would it be possible to remove the pads if I were to sell any of my horns?
3. I notice that Mr. Olka uses mouse pads as opposed to sticky pads. Do those work best? Does he use crazy glue/double sided tape to get them on there?

Thank you in advance.

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Re: A Question About Sticky Pads

Postby CranstonTuba » Wed May 30, 2018 2:38 pm

I have recently been using ones I purhased on amazon. Ganvol 2 pack. $4.95. They stay on great. I don’t have it glued. I stuck it on carefully and it stays there when I put it in and take it out of my gig bag. If an edge does get pulled up I rinse it off and let it air dry and it’s just as sticky as the day I got it.

I still keep a mouse pad in my gig bag in case I get to a gig and it’s been peeled off , but that hasn’t happened yet.
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Re: A Question About Sticky Pads

Postby timothy42b » Wed May 30, 2018 3:15 pm

I noticed a guest player at our last concert was using shelf liner. It's a kind of perforated rubber stuff that comes in various colors.
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Re: A Question About Sticky Pads

Postby thebrandyman » Wed May 30, 2018 3:29 pm

timothy42b wrote:I noticed a guest player at our last concert was using shelf liner. It's a kind of perforated rubber stuff that comes in various colors.


I have used shelf liner at one point, but I have found that the horn tends to slip every now and then.
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Re: A Question About Sticky Pads

Postby CranstonTuba » Wed May 30, 2018 3:33 pm

What I really like about the sticky pad is that I don’t have to worry about adjusting anything except the tuba. The sticky pad stays on the horn and I can comfortable move my tuba to resting and playing position and focus on the music.
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Re: A Question About Sticky Pads

Postby thebrandyman » Wed May 30, 2018 4:35 pm

CranstonTuba wrote:I have recently been using ones I purhased on amazon. Ganvol 2 pack. $4.95. They stay on great. I don’t have it glued. I stuck it on carefully and it stays there when I put it in and take it out of my gig bag. If an edge does get pulled up I rinse it off and let it air dry and it’s just as sticky as the day I got it.

I still keep a mouse pad in my gig bag in case I get to a gig and it’s been peeled off , but that hasn’t happened yet.


CranstonTuba wrote:What I really like about the sticky pad is that I don’t have to worry about adjusting anything except the tuba. The sticky pad stays on the horn and I can comfortable move my tuba to resting and playing position and focus on the music.


Sorry, I had completely forgotten to reply to your comment. Thank you for the information! Now, in your case, do the pads tear easily? I have gone through countless pairs because I have found the pads tend to tear quickly. In the end, I am looking for something that'll stay on, and if it does tear at some point, it wouldn't be for months at a time.
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Re: A Question About Sticky Pads

Postby CranstonTuba » Wed May 30, 2018 10:41 pm

So I’ve only had this brand for about a month but it’s thinner and more flexible than others. Because it’s not as thick or as stiff I haven’t seen any signs of stress, drying out, or cracking that would normally have seen at this point. The fact that it’s thin, flexible, and sticky enough to form and stay put around the curves of the bottom bell, seem to be why it hasn’t torn or cracked yet.

I was in a tuba/euph ensemble rehearsal this past week and had one of the other tuba players asking questions about how I got it to stay on so well.

I can take a pic on the horn tomorrow if your interested.
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Re: A Question About Sticky Pads

Postby thebrandyman » Thu May 31, 2018 11:56 am

CranstonTuba wrote:So I’ve only had this brand for about a month but it’s thinner and more flexible than others. Because it’s not as thick or as stiff I haven’t seen any signs of stress, drying out, or cracking that would normally have seen at this point. The fact that it’s thin, flexible, and sticky enough to form and stay put around the curves of the bottom bell, seem to be why it hasn’t torn or cracked yet.

I was in a tuba/euph ensemble rehearsal this past week and had one of the other tuba players asking questions about how I got it to stay on so well.

I can take a pic on the horn tomorrow if your interested.


Thank you for the help! I will certainly look into buying a pair or two. If it isn't too much trouble, a photo would be great!
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Re: A Question About Sticky Pads

Postby MaryAnn » Thu May 31, 2018 1:20 pm

Is there anywhere to get these other than Amazon? I no longer buy on Amazon because of their ridiculous shipping policy.
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Re: A Question About Sticky Pads

Postby bloke » Thu May 31, 2018 1:28 pm

I don't buy much of anything from Amazon (but the cc statement shows that Mrs. bloke occasionally does)...

...so what is their ridiculous shipping policy...

...Do they charge for it, or something...?
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Re: A Question About Sticky Pads

Postby ren » Thu May 31, 2018 7:12 pm

I have a question about sticky pads. Im sorry Im so out of the loop...

What are these being used for in relation to the tuba?
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Re: A Question About Sticky Pads

Postby MaryAnn » Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:28 pm

Their ridiculous shipping policy is you have to either pay whopping charges on overpriced items, add things to your list of stuff you're buying to get "free" shipping that takes 2-3 weeks, or pay big bucks to join their Prime, which is actually you're just paying shipping up front. Almost everything I was previously buying on Amazon, I am now getting elsewhere at better price and two day shipping by OnTrac.
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Re: A Question About Sticky Pads

Postby timothy42b » Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:48 pm

ren wrote:I have a question about sticky pads. Im sorry Im so out of the loop...

What are these being used for in relation to the tuba?


Put a piece on your leg, and your horn doesn't slide off onto the floor and make that annoying noise.
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Re: A Question About Sticky Pads

Postby happyroman » Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:51 pm

thebrandyman wrote:Hi all,

I was hoping someone could lead me into the right direction with this.

I am interested in using sticky pads similar to the way that Chris Olka has them glued (if that is correct) onto his tubas. A couple of questions come to mind.

1. Are they in fact, glued?
2. If all goes well, I do not plan on keeping either of my horns. Would it be possible to remove the pads if I were to sell any of my horns?
3. I notice that Mr. Olka uses mouse pads as opposed to sticky pads. Do those work best? Does he use crazy glue/double sided tape to get them on there?

Thank you in advance.

( :tuba: )


Chris Olka does not glue the pads to his instruments. He discusses what he uses in one of his Drill of the Week videos.
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Re: A Question About Sticky Pads

Postby Doc » Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:49 am

Why not pm Chris Olka or comment on his video for assistance?

I didn't want to put anything on my instrument, and I like less thoracic and lower body tension, so I use a tuba stand all the time. But just in case the stand malfunctions or I somehow forget to bring it, I keep a 3ft section of black shelf liner in my bag. It keeps the tuba steady on my lap. The entire roll was less than $5 at Walmart. I don't know what sticky pads cost, but I'm sure a nice advantage of them is that they are attached and wouldn't move while adjusting the tuba like the shelf liner does.

Just order some and try them out. If they don't work for you, someone on here might take them off your hands.

As a side note...

I purchase an inordinate amount of things through Amazon (even some household items). I took Elephant's advice and signed up for prime a couple years ago. For us, it MORE than pays for itself. Compared to regular shipping costs, Prime pays for itself and then some, although it may not provide that same value for others who use Amazon to a lesser degree.
All that, plus $8.00, will get you a venti at Starbucks.
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Re: A Question About Sticky Pads

Postby CranstonTuba » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:48 am

thebrandyman wrote:
CranstonTuba wrote:So I’ve only had this brand for about a month but it’s thinner and more flexible than others. Because it’s not as thick or as stiff I haven’t seen any signs of stress, drying out, or cracking that would normally have seen at this point. The fact that it’s thin, flexible, and sticky enough to form and stay put around the curves of the bottom bell, seem to be why it hasn’t torn or cracked yet.

I was in a tuba/euph ensemble rehearsal this past week and had one of the other tuba players asking questions about how I got it to stay on so well.

I can take a pic on the horn tomorrow if your interested.


Thank you for the help! I will certainly look into buying a pair or two. If it isn't too much trouble, a photo would be great!


https://imgur.com/a/KCfD95l

Sorry it took me so long to post pics. I still keep a mouse pad in my case just in case but I really like the freedom of movement I have with the sticky pad.
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Re: A Question About Sticky Pads

Postby Wes Krygsman » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:13 am

The cell phone "sticky pad" works well for holding up tubas, although they don't seem to last super long.

The idea is to put the sticky pad on the bottom bow of the tuba somewhere the instrument contacts your legs to prevent slipping.

All of them are grippy/sticky on both sides so they go onto your instrument and can come off easily, no glue-ing or taping required. Over time, the stickiness wears out, but after a quick wash with soap and water, it's just as sticky as when new.

I have tried thinner and thicker ones. The thinner ones can rip apart, but they can stay attached to the tuba while in the case, whether soft or hard. The thicker ones tend to fall off in the case, but last longer (I have my original 2 thick ones).

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