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Hello again. Does anyone know where I might find three snap on metal resonators (for the two "side keys and the Eb?") You may recall I have acquired two Top Hat and Cane altos. One is absolutely original and the other unfortunately is lacking the above. Both have the original Norton springs in good condition. Both, however, have been relacquered. The one needing the metal resonators (339,XXX) was gone through completely and my tech sadly informed me those three spuds had been ground out and replaced with Selmer style plastic. He replaced those pads with the kind that have metal resonators. He said he could manufacture and solder in new spuds if we could find the resonators...so my call is out. The second
horn is being completely repadded and rehabilitated as necessary. On the up side, the one I am trying to return to "original' conditions sounds terrific and if it stays the way it is, it will still be a great horn, so I am not jumping off any cliffs over this.
 

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No, I don't know any sources for what you are looking for - to answer the question. However, I know I'll get a lot of flack from the purists about this, but why bother? You have one in original condition and another in not-so original condition. The truth is (at least in My experience) that it doesn't matter. Seal the tone holes and the horn will play well.

I have Bueschers, with and without the original snap-ins. They all play great and if compared side-by-side, you won't know the difference.

How would I do it if I was to overhaul some of mine? I'd try for the original stuff first, just because I can. But I've had two overhauled several years ago before I became aware of "originality" and they were done without snap-ins. They are marvelous. DAVE
 
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