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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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I had a friend who was a flight steward for Flying Tiger airline for many years. That's the company that transports U.S: Miltary family members for a very low cost. He flew the route from San Francisco to Tokyo and Seoul Korea. Naturally the food was not first-class quality nor even up to tourist class standards on other airlines. So occasionally they would get a passenger who complained and sad the food was bad. At that my friend, and the other steward if he was nearby would look at the food on the person's tray table, and while shaking their fingers at it as you would to a child or a dog, intone "Bad Food. Bad Food. Bad Food". The OT of this thread made me think of that because other than taking the horn to your tech to get the recalcitrent pad replaced, shaking your finger at it is about all you can do sometimes.

Hence I propose you show the naughty pad this meme in hopes of it straightening up and behaving correctly.

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