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Re-pad Saxophone

The repad example instrument is this Selmer Paris Mk VI tenor.

(Note that the only part kept a bit clean, is on the bell where it says “Selmer”)!


First, your sax is dismantled, and all the pads, cork components and nylon or teflon sleeves are removed to make way for the new ones. All the components are then inspected, to locate any possible problems. Everything is checked; springs, screws, rods, posts, levers, all other mechanisms, pearl finger buttons, body. Tone-holes and pad-cups are checked to see that they are level and true. Notes are taken to ensure nothing is missed.

Then all the parts are cleaned, including pivot rods and screws, and inside hinge tubing. Appropriate cleaning products and methods are used, depending on whether your instrument is lacquered, nickel or silver or gold plated, or a combination. Note: if your sax is excessively tarnished or dirty, an extra cost will apply.

Here is a handful of crusties! (And this instrument was doing regular gigs ‘til just before it was sent here)!


The new pads are chosen and installed, after scraping any remaining old adhesive from inside the pad cups

The new cork components are adhered into place and are trimmed at an angle. All the flat spring screws are loosened and oiled, and retightened. Every single pivot screw and rod, and adjustment screw, is turned, (to make sure it is not seized, or that it might become seized), and oiled, and retightened/adjusted. The notes from the original inspection are referred to and any replacements or repairs are done. Minor alignments, spring tension corrections, all adjustments and general service procedures (see sax service) are included in the cost of your repad. Then it is reassembled. Note: repairs, parts and dents may attract an extra charge.

Pads are then seated.

Then your sax is regulated. Here is the same sax with the inspection light inside, to check for leaks, and to help with making adjustments.


Regulating takes care of all remaining adjustments to make the sax play correctly, and makes sure that there is no free-play in any of the action. The movement height is also carefully adjusted. It is then tested, your case is vacuumed, and your instrument is returned.


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