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by red_cat
(2 posts)
5 years ago

"The Martin" Tenor Pad Question

Hey all. Wondering if anyone knew what the original pad/reso combo on these was. I've heard from some people that they need thinner .160 thickness pads as opposed to the bigger modern ones (Selmer-style and the like). Anybody tried Roos on one? What did it do to the tone?

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  1. by chalazon
    (547 posts)

    5 years ago

    Re: "The Martin" Tenor Pad Question

    I don't know the original pad set up on these horns..but I use the thin pads on all my repads..I find they work better overall..I make adjust ment s for the thicker pads by manipulating the amount of George's glue that I use to back the pads..it works for me..I take my time..I've never used Roo pads..but I'm told by fellows who know the trade that they are a great product and would most likely beef up the tone on your Martin..hope this helps

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    1. by red_cat
      (2 posts)

      5 years ago

      Re: "The Martin" Tenor Pad Question

      Thanks for the info!

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      1. by cuber
        (653 posts)

        5 years ago

        Re: "The Martin" Tenor Pad Question

        ive found roo pads dont nessicarily beef up the sound, but last longer than cowhide. One person i know had to replace the pads on the upper bow of his bari every 6 months (at least) with roo pads, hes up to about a year and a half before they HAVE to be replaced. the sound thingy could be because of the resonators. the palm keys on my bari sound a bit stuffy, except for the high F, and its got a metal resonator. of course, i know another guy who says thats complete BS, but a theory is a theory.

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    2. by MartinMods
      (63 posts)

      5 years ago

      Re: "The Martin" Tenor Pad Question

      The .160" pads work well but I had to shim them on the bottom end. The roos worked fine. Porous leather is pretty much porous leather so any difference in sound I would attribute to the resonator. Rubbing PTFE powder (teflon) into the pores will make the pads smooth and shiney and that would make a difference. Treating the pad with Eco-Flo Super Shene (for fine leather from Tandy Leather) mixed with PTFE powder (after seating) seals the pores and makes the pads like flexible, full sized resonators.

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