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 Re: Re setting pads.
Author: jdbassplayer 
Date:   2022-11-27 07:54

There are definitely situations where you need to reseat a pad. Usually if it was not installed properly in the first place, the tone hole
needed to be re-leveled to fix a chip or if the key was bent and had to be bent back in place, all things that are quite common in my experience (just had to do 2 of those today alone!)

To answer the original question, yes but...

You can definitely get it hot enough and there are even tools specifically for this (Votaw makes one I believe). But there are 2 reasons why I am not a fan.

1) Anything metal you place against the pad cup has the potential to scratch and silver especially is very easy to mark with the tip of a soldering iron. Yes I realize the mark is so small most people won’t notice but I like to be very careful with my repair work.

2) With some practice it is very easy to get precise with a torch. I’ve only ever burned a clarinet body when I was first starting, and fortunately I started learning repairs on already junk instruments from eBay. If you are really worried put a piece of paper between the pad and body when heating.

A better solution is a hot air gun, several instrument repair suppliers sell these.


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