above: The Sousa Saver
Here is a semi-new item. It's a protector for the bottom bow (or second branch) or your Sousaphone. There are many pads that are similar to this on the market, but this one is different in a very fundamental way: it's INCREDIBLY durable. Unlike the common pads that are vinyl with a foam pad that protect your instrument from scratches and dirt, the Sousa Saver protects your horn from dents.
It is made from a thick fiber glass shell with a durable coating. It has a foam liner and attaches easily to your Sousaphone with velcro straps.
If you want some for your Sousaphone section, the coating can be changed to match your school color.
When I went to college the entire Sousaphone section of the Kansas State University Marching Band used (and still does use) Sousa Savers. They are great for Sousaphone players who play in the stands at football and basketball games. If you have an accident trying to quickly remove your horn between plays, the Sousa Saver can save a bundle on your repairs.
I honestly think that this is a great product and I have first hand experience using it as a former member of the KSU Marching Band.
You can purchase these through www.SousaSaver.com!
Here are some photos of a sample Sousa Saver:
Here is a photo of a Sousa Saver in action on a King 2350 Sousaphone: