How To Replace Saxophone Pads

If you regularly play the saxophone, you will need to learn how to replace saxophone pads.  Replacing saxophone pads is not very difficult and doing it yourself can save you a lot of money, because repair shops charge a lot for simple services.  If every pad on your saxophone needs replaced, you should allow a trained professional to replace them for you so that you do not hurt your instrument.  To replace just a pad of two, you can follow the guide below.

To replace saxophone pads, you will need:

  • Your saxophone
  • A cup pad heater or alcohol lamp
  • Pad cement
  • Padding needle
  • Pad slick
  • Damp sponge
  • Leak light
  • Cork or wood wedge
  1. The first step to replacing a saxophone pad is to heat the pad with an alcohol lamp or cup pad heater.  When the old pad cement begins to bubble, use the padding needle to pull off the old pad.
  2. Rub the new saxophone pad with the damp sponge, just enough to darken the leather.
  3. Coat the back of the saxophone pad with pad cement.
  4. Heat the pad with the pad cup heater or alcohol lamp and insert the padding needle.  Use the needle to push the pad into place.
  5. Use the pad slick to check that the pad is level.
  6. If possible, use a wedge of cork or wood to hold the key open.  Shine a leak light under the key.  You will need to move the pad around until it does not leak.  You can also use the adjustment keys to help prevent a leak.
  7. Finally, heat the new saxophone pad so that the cement fuses to the instrument.  Do not overheat.
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