Most technicians agree that Buescher Saxophones benefit substantially from pads being floated in on a bed of adhesive, rather than using the traditional metal-backed pads which are snapped in place and manipulated to make the pads seal; a difficult and time consuming process with inconsistent results.
If you’ve ever tried to line up a punch over the existing hole on a pad to cut it larger, you know the frustration of centering the new-larger hole. With the Buescher Hole Punch, you can now use your own existing pad stock with no resonators on Buescher True Tone and Aristocrat saxophones and get the hole perfectly centered and the correct size every time.
The Buescher Hole Punch Set comes with 3 punches, a rivet centering base made from black Acetal resin (Delrin) that won’t dull the blades of the punches, and a carrying case. Simply select the diameter of pad that you wish to install in the pad cup, measure the shaft diameter of the snap-in resonator, select your punch, place the pad and punch over the pilot, and press the punch or tap with a mallet to cut the hole. If using the MusicMedic Bench Press (JEFF CAN THIS BE A LINK?) the magnet in the press ram cap will hold the steel punch under the correct spot and allow it to self align.
All of the punches are machined and heat treated in Wilmington, NC. The punches can be used to cut holes in pad shims as well. The smallest punch can be used with no-reso pads to enlarge the pad hole enough for using with custom metal resonators and plastic dome resonators, and can also be used for applications like making custom aperture pads on bass clarinet.
Buescher Hole Punch Set:
- Pad Base
- 6mm Punch
- 7.4mm Punch
- 8.9mm Punch
All replacement parts are available individually.