We use Pad Leveling Rings as the first step to installing a pad in a saxophone. These tools give you a firm base for leveling without creating an impression in the pad by it coming into contact with the tone hole.
To use the Pad Levelers:
1. Install the pad in the cup with shellac.
2. Heat the cup as normal (we use the Vortex Air Torch) and rest the correctly sized Pad Leveler between the tone hole and the pad.
3. With the cup heated, press the key down onto the leveler and rotate the leveler to distribute the shellac evenly behind the pad.
The leveling rings prevent the tone hole from creating an impression on the pad and keeps the pad itself flat during the initial heating and settling in of the shellac. This gives you an ideal starting point for final leveling and seating. Please note these are not recommend to be used as pad slicks for pulling down on pads.
The levelers can also be used as pad irons and the smallest leveler doubles as a flute pad iron. This set includes 18 different diameters to accommodate the vast majority of saxophone tone hole and resonator sizes.
Made of Magnetic Stainless Steel.