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Under the pearls that close A/Bb keys and the B/Frocker keys there are felts which always seem a pain to get exactly the right height. Do you just have lots of felts with different thicknesses to try (I assume everyone uses felts and they aren't sanded like cork)? Thanks
 

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If bending the key arms (which the felts are attached to) don't allow you do the fine adjustments you need, sanding the felts works ok. However, we prefer the Kraus sax key felts as they are harder pressed felt and suffer less compression and splaying with them, which helps them maintain their integrity and adjustments on the instrument last much longer. IMO..
 

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I got fed up with felts over the years (of course I only had the garden variety to work with- the harder model referenced might well work ust fine). I attach a small round patch of leather from an old pad to the Bis key cup and then place a pad of cork under the A key. Carefully sanded to the appropriate thickness it works perfectly and because of the large surface area I've never had an issue with losing adjustment even after decades. The leather pad probably is overkill but I don't like thunking in the action and that renders it as silent as a normal felt setup.
 

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Thanks. I like these solutions. I will try them both. I have used cork a couple times when I was desperate for a quick fix but the pad leather sounds interesting - the thunk of just cork would bother me too.
 
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