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  1. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hello, I purchased a new Yamaha alto sax back in about 2017, played it casually at home for about two years, and now haven't touched it in about 15 months due to various distractions. The sax has been in a case the whole time in my basement in a general open area. I have time now to get back...
  2. Eb Alto
    I recently emailed Yamaha Customer Service to inquire about pad sizes for my YAS-21 horn and they emailed me the chart below. I am confused, however, about the pad size that I should select for the pad I need to replace (side C), since there are two sizes listed under YAS-21: 24.3 mm and 24.0...
  3. Bb Tenor
    I've been a vegetarian since 1969 and vegan for the last 3 years now and I don't own leather other than my tenor sax pads. I'd love to become totally leather free. I've seen gold pads mentioned somewhere in the past and was wondering if any of you have any experience with them.
  4. Pads and Resonators
    I'm going to have my Super-20 tenor overhauled soon. What type of pads are considered the best these days? Not interested in saving a few bucks, I want these to last a long time with minimum adjustment. As a starting point, I generally like harder pads and I have reso-tech domed metal...
  5. General Mouthpiece Discussion
    Hi All, I luckily stumbled across a buescher aristocrat from 1935/6 in a music shop (I was looking for a new sax - never considered vintage) and was told this was a 70s student model (they'd misread the serial #!). I was blown away by the tone and ease of this sax :) I got it in the UK but live...
  6. Pads and Resonators
    I just re-glued some pads that fell off my alto. I kept the same pads but used shellac to re-adhere it to the key cups, this was my first time after watching several videos and perusing quite a few forum posts. However, when I started playing my horn today, I noticed the pads were getting soaked...
  7. Pads and Resonators
    Hello, I recently purchased a Buescher Elkhart 30a tenor with serial number 56*** from around the 1920s. The pads are sketchy and need to be replaced. I cannot confirm that they are snap-ons. Can anyone guarantee this before I delve deeper into it? Thanks in advance, Brady
  8. Yamaha
    Does anyone know web shop in EU where I can buy Yamaha saxophone GENUINE pads, rods or other parts. I found it on eBay but they ship only to US. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Yamaha-Tenor-Saxophone-GENUINE-Sax-Key-Pads-set-YTS-52-yts-62-82-25-27-32-475-/111596879728? Regards
  9. Pads and Resonators
    Hi. I'm in a jam (situation, not session unfortunately....) I am in Venezuela for the entire winter, on an island where very little sax-wise or even hardware-wise is available. I keep an old Antigua Winds soprano here to play- my only horn here. It's my "traveling horn". I won't be back for...
  10. Pads and Resonators
    I'm in the process of overhauling a 1937 Conn 6m Naked Lady. I'm trying to decide which pads I want to use on it. I've never worked with rolled tone holds so I'm unsure of what to expect with this. Does anyone have suggestions/advice for my situation? I'm considering roo pads or pads from...
  11. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    I recently had a major breakthrough! I bought a very nice VI, a tenor in the 90K serial range with great original lacquer back in January. I did a record, my first and struggled with pitch. My ears are very sensitive to intonation and I just felt nervous and uncomfortable throughout the...
  12. Misc. Saxophone Discussion
    Hi guys, A question for those of you that are in the know with pads etc. I am after some new pads for my Elkhart Series 2 Alto saxophone. This is a sax I use exclusively for my gigs in nightclubs and am getting some custom pads however the guys that will be sending them have asked me to send...
  13. Sax Body and Finish
    Hello all! I'm going on vacation to the beach next month, and long story short I'm planning on playing my sax around the area. Will it suffer from lacquer degeneration or pad issues from the salt water and air? I would only bring my secondary sax, a Cannonball Student model, but I still need it...
  14. Pads and Resonators
    Hey! I'm overhauling my horn this summer, a Selmer SA80 bari, but I'm not quite sure what pads or resonators to ask for. I'm planning on getting my horn overhauled by Tenor Madness, and they ask to be told what I want. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! -Glynn
  15. Pads and Resonators
    Hi: I am about to get my old Gretsch Commander redone. I have heard about "snap-in" pads and "flat resonators." Seems like there is a choice as to the pads which can be put in there. I'd like the horn to sound like a sax and not a piece of buzzy, flashy, too-bright electronic equipment. Which...
  16. King (HN White)
    Hey folks, I bought a Cleveland Super 20 Bari (400k) recently, which needs an overhaul. What pads and especially resos do you recommend? Those baris are not very common especially in my area, so local repairmen aren`t experienced with them. Right now small flat metal resos are installed- don`t...
  17. Pads and Resonators
    I am a proud player of a series IIIc Zephyr alto (298xxx) that a friend insists upon overhauling for me. He thinks I should repad w/ Conn flat resos on Precision pads. While the core is solid, I find it doesn't play as dark as some S20's and other Zephyrs, yet sings w/ power, if a bit...
  18. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    I am half way throught taking apart my old yas 23 for the purpose of cleaning it. I am looking to sell it and figured I'd keep it for a little while longer to make a learning experience out of it. Anyways, I am halfway throught getting all the keys off of it and I have a few questions. First...
  19. Pads and Resonators
    Hello there, Happy New Year to everyone. After looking at SOTW for ages I have finally taken the plunge and joined so hello to everyone. First and foremost, thanks to all the contributors for a great forum, I have really enjoyed reading all the different articles. I am completely repadding my...
  20. Other Woodwind Repair, Maintenance & Modification
    Hi, I have a 1934-35 silver Selmer Paris Bb clarinet and it needs to be repadded, overhauled, and all that. Any suggestions on which pads to use, especially given the sound characteristics that go along with a metal clarinet? Personally, I'm mainly a sax player, and don't have the personal...
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