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by Selmerv6
(5 posts)
10 years ago

Glue For alto sax pads

Help i have a selmer v6 and my

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  1. by newreedsyndrome
    (343 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: Glue For alto sax pads

    DONT COME WITHIN 100 FEET OF YOUR SAX WITH A TUBE OF SUPER GLUE!!!!!!!!!!!! Use shelac. The best stuff comes in the form of a black stick of shelac. You can get it at any hobby shop or even maybe a Wal Mart or whatever. How to replace a sax pad: -First, take the key off. I mean OFF, not open. Get some eyeglass screwdrivers and completely remove the part from the horn. High F is easy because you only have to remove one part to fix it, but, as you can imagine, a key like the A key (meaning *2* on the upper stack) is a little more difficult. -Then, make sure you clean any excess junk out of the pad cup. Goo-Gone will get the job done. -Next, using a gas match, melt a drop of shelac into the pad cup and quickly press the pad into the cup and hold it for about 30 seconds. -After that, put the key back on the horn and hold the key shut while holding the gas match flame to the back of the pad cup. ***Use a gas match, not a candle of a normal match*** Hold for about 30 seconds. Then, take the flame away and hold for another 30 seconds. This will seat the pad on the tone hole so it wont leak. *Also, use this pad seating method described in the last step to fix most leaks. Avoid bending keys whenever possible.

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    1. by Selmerv6
      (5 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: Glue For alto sax pads

      Thanks Very Much I Am Really Gratefull

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      1. by kellyshorns
        (4 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Glue For alto sax pads

        Watch out for the amount of heat used on Selmers...the lacquer crisps quickly. ALso I usually need to put in more than a drop..to move a pad around you need a bit of a base to "float" the pad and a tool to move it. The tool can be any slim flat metal blade( butterknife?) A leaklight would be a great help here but a feeler guage, make it from a cigarette paper, would help. Watch out for what other pads/keys are affected by the pad you change. A palm key pad is no problem...f# in the stack can be as lots of other things are dependent on it. Good luck Kelly

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