I've been using these swabs for years and don't see any reason to switch - they are high quality and well-priced.
The Hodge Silk English Horn Swab
The EH swabs clean the entire instrument minus the bocal fully assembled. They have a safety cord on the back end, so that if there were a knot in one and it got stuck, it could be pulled back out the way it went in. All English Horn Swabs now use a plastic-coated straight weight.
The English horn swab is also just the right size to work well cleaning a sopranino sax. Thank you to the customer who bought one for his Selmer sopranino sax to test it out and found it to be perfect.
The Qualities of Silk
All Hodge silk swabs are made from 100% silk and come in performers black, royal blue, burgundy, forest green, and deep purple. Silk is very absorbent, soaking up water in instruments better than any other natural material on the market, including both cotton and chamois. Most uniquely, silk is also very compressible, making it possible to pull through instruments with large variations in bore size. In addition, silk is lint free.
10% off 1 case of 24 swabs of a single color
20% off 2 cases or more