Thanks guys, I appreciate the great advice!
I actually reassembled it earlier today with the pads dry fitted. Two of the pads are falling out though, so I'll get 0.5mm larger for these two.
Everything seems to have gone back together well. A couple of cups were not centered so I tweaked their key arms a bit and they centered up.
Looking at how the pads meet the tone holes, everything looks pretty good to my untrained eye. The pads are making 1st contact on the front edge, and most have a slight gap on the hinge side when closed. I'm thinking this is perfect as the shellac will add height.That said, some seem to touch evenly just dry fitted. I haven't dropped the leak light in or anything, but I thought I may do so just to get a look, thinking it may help inform me how much shellac I should use for each cup. Is it accurate to assume if there's a gap at the hinge side it means I should use more shellac than if there is no gap? And the larger the gap at the hinge side would mean more shellac to add height?
In terms of bedding the pads in, and then floating them after mounting the cups ... Should I do the floating with the springs disconnected and using just gravity to pull the cup down, or should I connect the springs and actuate the touch piece with light pressure?
I imagine both methods probably have their benefits and drawbacks. My initial thought was to disconnect the springs and let gravity pull the cup down, then heat it up and let the pad settle ... providing some help with the pin vice as needed. Should I have the leak light in the body when doing this, so I can tell when the pad is fully contacting the tone hole?
When I was reassembling everything, I was paying particular attention to any side to side play in the remaining key work, and I didn't find any. Only that one on the bell has a slight bit of movement, but all the others are tight between the posts.
I also noticed these touch pieces (palm keys maybe?) seemed like they should be in a straight line, but I'm not sure ... do they seem right to you guys? I don't want to go adjusting anything at this stage, but this just caught my eye and I thought I'd ask while I'm thinking about it.
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