My tech is soon to start on the overhaul of my SML Super 44 and has asked if I have any reservations about roo pads. Well I don't, I have them on my Buescher True-Tone alto but...I was trying to think if perhaps there was something er, um, more appropriate for the little Super - Chedville pads perhaps? I am hoping with fingers crossed that a lot of you will share your experiences and views about padding an SML - I don't want to stifle its inherent character but I want it's voice to be known. Resonators? hmm
The main thing about Roos....IMHO...is they just settle in and 'feel' quite 'hard' under the fingers.
Some folks like this, to some it doesn't matter, and some dislike this.
I am in the latter camp, they don't 'feel' good to me.
So...IF you haven't had a horn padded with them before, or aren't familiar with a horn which has 'em, that would be my 'caveat' on Roos.
If you are familiar with 'em and like 'em...then why not ?
In my experience both as a tech and a saxophone player there is no particular pad that is best for any individual make or model of saxophone. It should be the player in consultation with the tech who will do the work who decides the quality of pad, the firmness or the felt, the type of pad covering and the style of resonator. It is really a personal choice based upon the cosmetics and budget you have to work with. Firmer pads require flat toneholes and tight key work in order to be seated effectively. The material of the resos whether metal or plastic makes no difference acoustically, however larger or "oversized" resos reflect a bit more of the sound waves slightly reducing the acoustic energy that is lost.
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I am always puzzled by conversations about choosing the 'appropriate' pad for a particular model or make of horn. I find those convos a bit silly, IOW.
Granted I understand that some folks want to do some sort of historically correct choice...but quite honestly, to suggest that the originally outfitted pads of a vintage model were carefully chosen via extensive R&D and the decision on the stock pads reached to bring out the best in the horn, or anything like that...is quite a reach (not saying OP is saying this, BTW).
Providing you go with a good quality pad, you are not doing yourself nor your model of horn any sort of 'disservice' by choosing this pad over that one, this style reso over that one, etc....