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When is a pad "Bad"

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This is mostly a follow up to my other thread about overhaul/repad frequency.

It seems like many leave sealing pads alone. This begs the question, and I open this one to fellow techs for their opinion alike, when is a pad considered bad?

There are the obvious optical reasons as when the skin is ripped exposing the felt beneath, however thought about the pad that has hardened felt and is rock hard as a result. At a NAPBIRT clinic, repair guru Ed Kraus was talking about hard pads on a clarinet, and he had his Mag machine on it, and set it down. That bump in motion caused a momentary leak. Softer pads didn't do that. Stack keys when they close can make that bump and cause a closed, hardened pad to momentary leak.


Personally I feel a fresher pad is for forgiving and allow for small imperfections, but thats just me. I don't want pillows for pads, nor do i want steel. Just a nice firm, fresh pad. Even on closed holes.
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That begs the next question, If a pad is hardened, it is not ripped, yet seals, do you think there is a need for it to be changed. I'm kinda 50/50 on that with the other pads and their condition. I do feel that in a perfect world, it would get changed. Not so sure about the average Joe in a realistic world.
The other thing that I was taught years ago, it might be time saving just to replace a pad rather than make an old one seat. It will certainly last longer.
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