Flute Tips – Gluing Partial Shims by Harold Phillips

Glue Partial Shims – always glue your partial shims in place. I use liquid shellac, flake shellac dissolved with denatured alcohol in a glass container. When glued in, the partials will not shift when you need to remove the pad for more shims. Don’t forget to mark your shimming at 12:00 on the paper to further help with consistent shim alignment.

Saxophone Tips – Removing Sax Tone Hole Burrs by Jeff Smith

After facing a saxophone tone hole you are often left with a burr edge on the rim. This burr must be eliminated in order to increase pad life. A very effective solution is to take a 2″ X 2″ piece of aluminum foil and fold this several times until it is approximately 1/4″ X 3/8″ or so. Take the foil and place it on the hole’s rim like a saddle. Work this around the hole with medium pressure. This removes the burr and polishes the top of the hole.

For detailed technical information and supplies for performing the above padding technique, please contact:

J.L. Smith & Co.
1816 East 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28204
704/334-1428
800/659-6073
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