I get what you are saying but there are two types of clients. One who just wants to get up and running for the least amount of money possible and the other which is a serious player who cant afford a failure and can afford to properly service their instrument or a full repad when recommended. The horns I own put me in the first category and if I did a full repad it would be like throwing good money after bad. If one cant afford to service a "nice" horn it dosent make sense to buy one. I will eventually get a "desirable" horn and add the cost of a full overhaul in my budget so I dont have to piece repairs together and start fresh the right way. A skilled techs time is worth the money for sure.I do understand the principle behind this approach. If the adhesive holding a pad in a keycup is weak enough to allow the pad to be pulled out with a finger nail, there is a strong likelihood that most if not all the pads were installed that poorly. Something my mentor told me to do when doing "play conditions" was to try to make the corks and felts come off. I asked him why and he said that if they had a tendency to come off it is better for it to happen while the instrument is on the bench rather than after the customer takes it home. This not only saves the customer's time not having to bring it back, but it saves the shop's reputation as well.
Question.... in your opinion as a tech which pads are you replacing most frequently?