I'm looking for the same kind of hard particle cork that Yamaha uses on the back bar of the F# and C stack keys. Can anyone tell me where to buy some??? I bought some Ferrees "real cork" but it was very soft and unusable. Thanks.
Music Medic Tech Cork I would suggest buying the half-sheet assortment of sizes or the whole sheet, if you can afford it. This assortment has been one of the most useful items I have on my bench for saxophone repairs.
Not sure if Mauriat saxes still use low density reconstituted cork on their saxes, but that stuff is absolute crap. It compresses too much and breaks up far too easily. It looks crap as well!
The only place I tend to use Rubco on saxes is on the palm key feet as it doesn't compress very much. I mainly use the thinly cut sheets of it for glueing under adjusting screws on oboes and clarinets.
Yanagisawa use it nearly everywhere on their saxes, but it's too hard and creates far too much mechanical noise.
With any materials, you should consider where the best applications are for them and not use them where they will create too much friction or noise and find other materials (or a combination of different materials with different properties) for use in these areas.
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