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mostly alto guy
User ID: 0122954
Aug 6th 3:58 PM
I'm about to have my S1 alto overhauled. With all this special keywork, is there anything in particular the tech should check/do to bring this horn into full glory? Anyone have experience overhauling these babies? What pads/resos would be best to optimize this horn's sweet classical tone?
MBushaw
User ID: 1007814
Aug 6th 4:50 PM
MAG, I'm having Schmidt pads put on my S1 alto. I've had them on my Selmer BA for over two years now. I've never played a better pad; hard, accurate, tough, just like the S1!
http://cvip.fresno.com/~js210/pad.html
Steve Goodson
User ID: 0067194
Aug 6th 7:25 PM
I've overhauled about 20 of them over the years. I'm doing an alto right now for a doctor from Hawaii. I put Noyeks on Prestini PS220's in my personal tenor. That made it pretty loud! For the correct original equipment, nickel plated flat resonators on a firm sheepskin pad. I think that the Schmidt pads are too thick for an S-1. The regulating bumpers on an S-1 are a very firm single needle felt. Be sure that the low Eb/C mechanism is properly adjusted. It can be very noisy if not properly regulated. If your horn is an alto with the cutout on the neck tenon for the high F# key, be sure that the tenon is properly balanced and adjusted, as they tend to leak. The S-1 uses piano wire springs rather than conventional springs, so be sure that you have replacements for any that need to be renewed. I've found that using teflon rather than cork on the chromatic F# mechanism makes it operate much smoother.
MBushaw
User ID: 0422394
Aug 21st 1:16 PM
Steve- How do you tell piano wire from blued steel springs?
Steve Goodson
User ID: 2129174
Aug 22nd 5:04 PM
Piano wire springs are gold in color and do not taper to a point. You will also notice that there is not much variation in the diameter of the springs on the horn. Piano wire is not available in as many sizes as regular blued or stainless steel springs.
mostly alto guy
User ID: 0122954
Aug 23rd 2:51 PM
Steve, my springs are blue steel; they all look fine and seem in good shape, but should I change to piano wire? Are there any advantages?
Steve Goodson
User ID: 2129174
Aug 23rd 2:56 PM
I can truthfully think of no advantage.
mostly alto guy
User ID: 0122954
Aug 23rd 3:04 PM
Good. Why risk taking these out then? I'll let them stay. Thanks for the advice.