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Does anyone know what the standard distance pad opening for c melody , (inches or milllimeters ) ? Same as the alto or more ? Thank You !
 

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There is no "standard" that I am aware of. The only manufacturer that publishes recommended key openings for saxophones is Yamaha. When doing a repad or overhaul on a saxophone I use Yamaha's specs as a "starting point". Generally speaking the larger the tonehole, the larger the key opening. A review of the Yamaha specs for alto and tenor shows that the differences are not large---about 1mm for most keys.
 

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There is no "standard" that I am aware of. The only manufacturer that publishes recommended key openings for saxophones is Yamaha. When doing a repad or overhaul on a saxophone I use Yamaha's specs as a "starting point". Generally speaking the larger the tonehole, the larger the key opening. A review of the Yamaha specs for alto and tenor shows that the differences are not large---about 1mm for most keys.

That's a great answer and the highlighted sentence is exactly what I was going to say. The only thing I will add is the low D opening should be about 9mm on most tenors so you can gauge from there.
 

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Well, clunky openings far from the tone hole or clunky fingering set ups....not good. I'd rather have the cup/pad closer to the tone hole, the sound isn't going to change unless you go the the extreme. i.e. I can slur from one note to the next by slowly closing/opening....I'll slur from the bottom hand on up to C if I'm having a good day, but that is on purpose.
 

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A Rough value is 30% of the tone hole diameter.

ROUGH...

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