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Pad Leveling Checklist

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Pad Leveling Checklist

Saxophone:                                     Init:

  • Select pads and resonators
  • Install resonators on pads
  • Apply shellac to pads
  • Heat key cups and install all pads
    • clean up excess shellac
  • Assemble top and bottom stack, side Bb & C, Alt F#, and Octave Mechanism
    • Clean and lubricate rods
    • Apply grease to pivot screw key ends
  • Check for gross key height difference.
  • Level top stack pads
    • Check that timing is under adjusted (back out adjustment screws if necessary)
    • Check for gross key height differences
    • Level pads
  • Level bottom stack pads
    • Check that timing is under adjusted (back out adjustment screws if necessary)
    • Check for gross key height differences
    • Level pads
    • Clean up excess shellac
  • Assemble Low C#, Low Eb, and Low C
    • Clean and lubricate rods
    • Apply grease to pivot screw key ends
    • Level all pads
    • Clean up excess shellac
  • Assemble Low B and Bb
    • Clean and lubricate rods
    • Apply grease to pivot screw key ends
    • Level all pads
    • Clean up excess shellac
    • Check timing on LH table
  • Assemble Palm Keys
    • Clean and lubricate rods
    • Apply grease to pivot screw key ends
    • Level all pads
    • Clean up excess shellac
  • Remove palm keys
    • Go through top and bottom stack pads for leaks
    • Go through remaining pads for leaks
  • Reassemble palm keys
    • Check for leaks
  • Regulate C to B & A by bending backbar
  • Regulate F# to F & E by bending backbar