I think we are agreeing, except on the availability of different thickness pads. I guess that's not widely accepted yet? You must be shimming or bedding in shellac? At 50+ horns a week, you probably are pretty good at it! I'm just glad we have techs who still know how to service vintage horns.I am, key bending is standard practice for setting keys correctly, manufacturers bend keys on the assembly line, assemblers bend keys at the final station at manufacturing, I bend easily a 1000 plus keys a week.
What is the correct thickness of pad for saxophone x and then for saxophone y. Answer is whatever I can fit, that gives me the best contact at the optimum point of travel. Sax pads don't come in a range of thicknesses like 3.1mm thick then 3.2 or 3.3,3.4, 3.5 and so forth.
Any repairer worth there salt bends keys, its the only way to achieve very fine adjustments
The problem with badly set keys or poor repads is the simple fact that anyone can hang a shingle outside there house and call themselves a repairer and offer services as a commercial enterprise,opening a business in this field has nothing to do with skill sets or qualifications.
Steve ( key bender )