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Posted: December.05.05 at 11:24pm | IP Logged Quote PeterWillis

Anyone out there have a lot of experience "making" sax pads? I recently had to re-use some old Conn Reso-pad rings and dissect new regular pads to make Reso-pads for a 20's bari with a few tight keycup/tonehole diameter matchups. It wasn't too bad except getting the leather down on the back - any tricks?  
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Posted: December.06.05 at 6:31am | IP Logged Quote LarryMueller


I too have tried making pads, and they didn't turn out too well; all loose and sloppy. People who know use a pad die, which is a block of wood (or whatever) with a shallow hole bored in it, one for each size of pad, to help keep it to shape. They use Aleene's Tacky Glue, available at the large craft stores, like Micheal's. Place the leather or skin in first, upside down, then add the felt and cardboard and fold the leather over. If you get it to work, come to Texas to teach me how.

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Posted: December.06.05 at 10:55am | IP Logged Quote admin

Hi Guys,

Haven't tried making pads but I would think you could use the pad cup for a die. That's what's used when reskinning a Straubinger pad.

Reso-pads - I've seen them available from one of the suppliers but don't remember which....Ferree's? Ed Myers?

Hope this helps,
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Posted: December.07.05 at 3:46pm | IP Logged Quote stevemarti

Pad cup idea might work most of the time. but isn't the o.d. of the metal reso-ring normally larger than the pad cup?

If it isn't the largest pad on the horn, maybe another key cup will work as a fixture. A fixture can be a hole in a sheet of plastic, wood, metal, etc.
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Posted: December.17.05 at 9:34am | IP Logged Quote JeffPeterson

I have had occassion to re-skin or fabricate sax pads. Dies would be helpful. Working without them is doable, though. It just takes some ironing with a pad slick on the surface and sides to get the leather tight enough to look like a pad. -Jeff
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Posted: August.19.06 at 10:50am | IP Logged Quote bandman886

Hello techs,,, I am the new kid on the block. Maybe this will help. You can order custom made pads from and the price is very resonable.-Dale
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Posted: October.08.06 at 12:02am | IP Logged Quote riguto

Remaking resopads??
Is this something like "suffering is good for the soul" thing?
You can get a complete set of res-o-pads for any brand of saxophones from MusicMedic for about 30 bucks. How much your time worth?
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Posted: July.26.07 at 5:49pm | IP Logged Quote DaveWeiner

ResoPads are available from Ferree's. I order sets for repads.

You just can't make a good sax pad without a die. And yes, the Reso-Pad rings are wider than the pad cup, so
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