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Busted pad

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I have recently got a torn pad, LH side Eb. Couldn't be better placed to cause trouble as it obviously affects everything below top E. As a visit to a tech is out of the question for who knows how long I've resorted to Stephen Howard's suggestion of using kitchen wrap which works surprisingly well but does need a fair amount of attention over a few hours playing. I can live with this as I won't be called to play live any time soon but I wondered if there are any suggestions, either alternatives or ways to keep the wretched stuff tight and in place, I'll probably try a wire twist from a package of bread, but I just thought I'd ask. I'm not going to try to replace the pad myself as that way disaster lies.
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Totally a simple job. The palm keys are also easy to remove. You could remove it to make it easier to work on. You will need a heat source like a heat gun or propane torch and of course a pad sized for the cup. If you are already shaking your head, I understand completely - not everyone has a set of screwdrivers, a heat gun and a hot glue gun. In that case, you may as well take the sax to the shop and let them replace the pad and check the other small upper pads.
There are You Tube videos on the subject.
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