Klarinet Archive - Posting 000320.txt from 1995/01
From: Gordon Tulloch <Gordon_Tulloch@-----.CA>
Subj: Re: RRepairing pads
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 1995 14:04:27 -0500
Steve Fowler writes:
> You wrote:
> >A pad on my tenor sax fell off the other day and I was wondering how to
> The first thing you should do is find a repair tech. You have know idea
> how much better you will play after your horn is properly repaired and
> checked for other leaky pads.
I agree - however, I would prefer to be able to make quick fixes to the horn
myself between regular checkups - I plan to get the horn into a tech ASAP
(read "When I have the cash in the budget to pay for it" :)
> Pads are glued in place. in the past, we have used stick shellac or
> cream adhesives that were melted using heat. The amount of heat required
> on a sax key can be sometimes a little more than you may think.
> Nowadays, most of us use a form of Hot Glue. The stuff that requires a
> gun and makes a good hobby glue. The type I use is Craftsman wood hot
> glue. The pad cup still has to be warm.
> If you are going to try and put a pad back in, which a tech should not,
> Make very sure that the tonehole is hitting the pad in the same place.
> Look at the impression in the pad to line it up properly. Don't expect
> anything more than a temporary repair.
Actually, following another KLARINETer's advice (whose email I woefully
misplaced - you know who you are, thanks!!) I went out to my local music
shop and procured a tube of Pad Cement for a whopping $3.29 Cdn. I glued the
pad in, ensuring the impression lined up with the hole, and all is well. As
I said, the horn goes to the shop for a thorough checkout (I've only owned
it for a few months, so it's a great idea to do so anyways) as soon as I can
spare the cash to do so - I'm told that people are paying $100 for an annual
checkout, and this horn likely needs far more than that.
Further to this, perhaps someone in the know would like to enlighten me as
to how often a tech needs to look at a horn, what is done, and how much it