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Key Guard Felt Bumpers

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This will be my first attempt at replacing a couple of felt key guard bumpers. (hope that is correct terminology) Wish me luck. Ordered a bag Valentino self stick bumpers and "hoping" this will be an easy fix. Planning to remove the key guard for the replacement. Any tips or watch-out-fors?


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Interesting. I have not seen self stick ones before. I checked on line and these are 1/4" diameter. Regular sax bumper felts are 3/8 or 5/16. I don't know if these will fit too loose or not. I am assuming you are putting them in the adjusting screws that go in the key guard. I typically just remove the screws rather than take the entire key guard off. It is usually possible to use the old felts as a guide to know how long they should be, unless of course they are missing. I like to make the felts the exact length that allows the adjusting screw to be flush with the top of the guard. To me it looks better that way. To cut the felts to length I chuck the screw with the felt installed into my bench motor and use a single edge razor blade while it is spinning to make a clean, perpendicular cut. If you don't have a bench motor, a cordless drill in a vice makes a good "poor man's" substitute.
Got these in the mail today and there are different lengths and diameters. Fit my Cannonball perfectly and they are peel and stick. No glue required.
Great. Thanks for the information. I just ordered a set. Are they actual felt or some other synthetic material?
agreed, they may work till the day they fall off in the middle of a gig.
There is no downward pressure or pull on felt key bumpers to cause them to fall out. In this application it shouldn't be a problem especially if they are a tight fit to begin with. I have had excellent success using the self-stick Valentino sax neck corks from JL Smith. I also use self stick felt "dots" under the lower stack key feet on some saxes and if the surface is cleaned with alcohol before hand they stick quite well. In my experience it all depends upon the application.
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