The Yamaha leadpipe swab differs from other leadpipe cleaning 'systems' in that it is not a brush. This swab consists of tiny balls which are fed through the leadpipe and then pulled out the far end followed by the cleaning 'swab' cloth.
This does a fabulous job!
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Like many of us, I've used a wide variety of snakes over the years. The metal ones, while sturdy, always worried me with their potential to scratch brass, particularly on the long curves of a horn. The first time a vinyl snake snapped off in my mouthpipe was the last time I ever used one. Since then, I've made my own swabs, but the challenge is getting the line through the horn, while making sure the swab was thick enough to clean, but not so thick that it got stuck. Yamaha has solved both of those problems.