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Measure the thickness of the old pads and see which new pads are the nearest thickness to them, then choose new ones that are either the same thickness or slightly thinner. Most pad makers or suppliers will state the thickness their pads are.
100% agreement.
Also, if there is a choice of felt density, the harder will be snappier & more positive than the rather more compliant softer felt.
 

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I do wonder, sometimes, if one outfitted a C-mel with the most sonically egdy sorta resonator pads available (not that I know if there is such a thing; or if it's just a matter of opinion)...if that would provide a teensy counterbalance to some of the dark stuffiness of the horn.....
Yes, it transforms the horn.
I habitually re-pad my C tenors with bog standard resonator pads....the change in sound and "attitude" is immense...it plays just like a tenor or alto.
Another C possibly arriving soon & I am wondering what are the pads with the largest diameter resonators. How about Roo Pads?
In the UK there seems little choice.
 

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You could order RooPads and specify the maximum and minimum diameters of the resos you want in each pad.
Thank you Chris, I did not know.....That is exactly what I want to hear.
Presumably from a choice of standard existing resonator diameters....he is hardly likely to turn them to my individual spec.
 

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Excellent Chris.
May I ask where one gets them....I tend to deal with Windcraft & their selection of pad types is very limited.....Delux or Standard, whatever that means.
 

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Thanks Chris....I shall log all that.
Final question...is the choice of colour purely aesthetic or is there a difference between them other than colour?
Oh, yet another question....does Music Medic supply all three options?

Chris. Finally put what's left of my brain into gear & looked up Music Medic's site where of course, I found the answers. He makes no mention (at least, I could not find it) of custom resonator diameters.
 

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If you order the set of pads you want with the resos you want, then drop them a message ('Contact Us' in the 'Help' section) relating to the pad order (quoting the order number) specifying the maximum diameters of the resos you want fitted in each pad. That's what I did when ordering the SML bari pads as it was important the bis key pad had the correct diameter reso fitted.

I like the Saxgourmet pads (the black ones) as they're firm, as are the Precision pads. The white RooPads do seem to be a bit softer than the others.
Black they will be then....they also look rather sexy & cannot, on a C tenor, be confused with the original white pillow pads.
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Mark.
Exactly....that "off centre" aspect has to be addressed before ordering.
The ideal would be to order the optimum sizes of resonators unattached, and separate from, the pad & to glue them in after the pads are floated.
The resonators could then be huge.....tone hole ID minus 1mm. :)
 
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