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Good (evening, morning, afternoon)

I had to take all my Martins up to Chadd to fix some minor (mostly) repairs, so I broke out my Antigua A535-LQ. It's from 1998, so it's almost vintage! When it works I like it OK.

Right off I had to take it in because the G# pad was leaking making notes below "D" nasty. The little bumper thing that holds the G# pad down had broken off so it wasn't sealing.
This was back in January. They replaced it and the horn was OK. I am pretty sure they put in a little bumper made out of cork.
In February I had to take it back for some other stuff they didn't notice the first time, even though they went through the horn and found other stuff to fix.

So tonight I can't play low notes again on that horn. Just to make sure it's not my crappy embouchure, I get out my backup backup horn, an Antigua A525-LQ. It works OK.
I got out the leak light and the G# pad is opening when I play C, B and B flat on the 535

The danged little bumper is gone again. It looks like it broke off, so it lasted about 3 months.

I looked at the 525, the bumper thinger looks like it is plastic. I found a horn on the junk pile that also has a plastic piece there.

So my questions are:
1) should a cork bumper work in there, or should it be some other material like plastic or felt?
2) if cork is OK, how long should it last?
3) do I need a better technician? (this wasn't Chadd)
4) do I need to abandon these horns and buy a new Kessler?

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you should check if when you play lower notes, if the G# lifts, you may ask someone to hold it in place for you, cork may very well be used to hold it down ( i have horns with cork and with felt) but if it is too thin it won’t do the job.

You don’t need to abandon this horn, especially not to replace it with another Taiwanese horn, you simply need someone who addresses all the problems in one go. Unfortunately this may not be at this point in time. Stay at home! Be safe
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