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Hi guys,


A question for those of you that are in the know with pads etc.

I am after some new pads for my Elkhart Series 2 Alto saxophone. This is a sax I use exclusively for my gigs in nightclubs and am getting some custom pads however the guys that will be sending them have asked me to send pad diameters to them but the problem is, i have no idea what the diameters are or how to measure them... I've been told to remove the pads from the cups and measure but I don't feel too confident doing that.

Any help or indeed anyone that know these measurements getting in touch would be greatly appreciated!


Many thanks!
 

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the only reliable way is to remove the pads and measure the keycups!

Determining pad size on the base of someone else’s horn or measurements is asking for trouble.

This is such a problem that when NEW saxophone makers order pads for their saxophones, the pads makers ask them to send them the keycups! We are talking of people ordering hundreds of sets at the time.

It is not uncommon also, for pad vendors (who are not always and necessarily the makers of the pads !) , to send pads in the wrong size EVEN if you have sent them the proper measurements.

Anyway, here a few threads on how to measure keycups.

http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?204988-Measuring-key-cups
http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?83745-Ordering-pad-size-question
http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?115094-There-Is-An-Easier-Way-To-Measure-Pads
http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?41405-Measuring-Pad-Cups
 

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unfortunately, as I said, even if you measure it perfectly, they might **** it up at the other end and very often they do.

Most of my roo pads with which my super 20 was repadded were ok, some had to be ordered twice and when I brought my horn to have it adjusted from a local tech ( my horn was repadded in another country ) he said that a couple of pads were ok in size but could have been slightly different and better because of the size not being exact!

Good luck!
 

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I don't think you actually have to remove the pads. You DO have to remove the keys.....then measure the pads IN the cups with a simple slide caliper (or a digital one if you have). You just need to remember to get the edge of the pad, not the outside edge of the keycup.

Then round up or down (i.e. if a pad measures 31.3mm, order 31.5 ~ if a pad measures 31.17, order a 31).

Yes, ultimately a few may be off by .5mm, but that is certainly w/i allowance for installation.
 

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Check with MusicMedic. They have dimensions for everything it appears. You can order a set of pads in advance of the tear down. Anything that doesn't fit, they replace for free.
 

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I take the pads out, measure the inside of the cup with a digital caliper and order from MusicMedic. Sometimes a cup will be iffy and not sure so I order one of each (a bit larger and a bit smaller) as it is better to end up with a few extra pads than to be stuck one pad short.
 
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