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I have never seen them before and I was very surprised to see these Gordon Beeson Pads , a bit crude a way to brand your product (I think it is a rubber stamp) but effective nevertheless


Patent 1949- 1950




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685,768. Saxophones. BEESON, G. Nov. 15, 1950 [Nov. 15, 1949], No. 29262/49. Class 88 (ii). A valve pad for a saxophone is faced with a slightly concave disc d of nickel silver. The pad comprises a disc of box-cloth a backed with cardboard band covered with a skiver c. The pad and the metal disc are secured together by means of a double headed rivet f, one head g of which is concave to conform to the shape of the metal disc. The metal disc is turned at the edge e to bite into the skiver covering...."



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apparently he had clarinet pads too (Only GB there was no space!)

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I was just looking at horns and I noticed that the pads were barnded this way. I run a little search and I saw these were highly appreciated in the ’50.

Gordon Beeson apparently was a repairer also an avid collector of Jazz photography, he also wrote for a magazine called “ Crescendo" , there was a thread here but the pictures have disappeared froim it.
I think these were some of the pics

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Yes, I’ve read of his relacquering while researching him.

He was certainly good but may people in the business were doing this as a routine until the ’80 when it became fashionable to have a “ shabby chic” saxophone to say nothing about the fact that if you attempt to sell a relacquered horn now it will substantially cut the value (which was obviously not there until the ’80).
 
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