Alternate Method to Find Leaks in a Saxophone

Saxophone Pad Work Meets Flute Pad Work - Feeler Gauge

Saxophone Pad Work Meets Flute Pad Work - Feeler Gauge

When repairing flutes and clarinets, often using a feeler gauge is preferable to a leak light.  On occasion, to find truly pesky little leaks in a saxophone, I do the same thing.  This feeler gauge is a long piece of balsa wood with a strip of mylar adhered to it.  Just like with  a flute, the key (in this case, a low C on a selmer super action 80) is gently depressed, with the mylar between the pad and the tone hole.  Gently pull the mylar out, and if the pad is seating a slight “drag” will be felt.  If no drag, pad is leaking.  It is slightly more tedious than the traditional way with a leak light – I normally do this at the end of the process of repairing pads just to double check that nothing has been overlooked.

Saxophone Pad Work Meets Flute Pad Work - Feeler Gauge

Saxophone Pad Work Meets Flute Pad Work - Feeler Gauge

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~ by inhorn on September 3, 2009.

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