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· Distinguished Technician & SOTW Columnist. RIP, Yo
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It is the thickness of the pads that is most relevant.

If you use thinner than the originals, you need more shellac (or other glue) packing. If they are thicker, then you have a messy job ahead, tilting pads at odd angles in the key cups. For either, accommodation can alternatively be achieved by altering key cup alignment.

If they are too much too thick, then they are completely unsuitable.

If you are using firmer than original felt, then this may demand more levelled tone holes in order to get a good result. Firm felt is less accommodating, but has a more snappy action and possibly a better tone/volume/response.

So it depends on what you want to do and how you want to go about it.
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