These special pads have a significant portion of black dry lubricant (MOS2) embedded into the surface along with the gold to prevent sticking. This dry lubricant darkens the color of the "Black Gold" pads. Gold particles are also embedded directly into the film - this high tech achievement gives you an extremely durable surface. Using a metallic pad is like using a pad that is entirely resonator - all that beautiful tone is reflected to the listener instead of being absorbed into the pad. The flat soft surface makes a perfect and quiet seal when closed on the tone hole. They do not swell with moisture, warp, dry out, or rot. You will find the tone that Gold Pads bring to your horn to be unequaled by any other pad/reso combination.
The Gold Plated Saxophone Pads come standard with domed stainless steel resonators. Domed, smooth faced nickel silver resonators are available special order.
JS Pad floating technique for a perfect seal:
First, float the pad onto a bed of shellac or hot glue until it is as level against the tone hole as possible. Then, with a leak light in place and the pad lightly closed, warm the cup only in the area of the leak and use a sharpened wire to pull out the plastic rim of the pad in the area of a leak. Try to warm the cup while you are pulling and viewing the pad so you will know when it is warm enough; remember to not overheat the pad cup.
All Jim Schmidt pads are custom made, and orders can take up to two weeks to fulfill. After placing your order we will contact you to get specific information about your instrument including make, model, and serial number.