MusicMedic Neo Pads (Pat. Pend.) for Saxophone - Individual Pads
From start to finish you will find that Neo Pads (Patent Pending) are the most time saving invention in saxophone repair history! This patent pending technology was developed in the Sax ProShop at MusicMedic to save time for technicians and provide instant response for saxophone players of all types. For detailed installation instructions, please click the link: Installing Neo Pads
From start to finish you will find that Neo Pads (Patent Pending) are the most time saving invention in saxophone repair history! This technology was developed in the Sax ProShop at MusicMedic to save time for technicians and provide instant response for players of all types.
If you have ever been frustrated by the process of padding a saxophone, Neo Pads are for you. Neo Pads install in seconds with no further work needed. The Neo Pad utilizes patent pending self-leveling technology to level itself to the tone hole instantly, and hold the pad in its ideal orientation for instant response.
Neo Pads greatly improve tone and response of any instrument in which they are installed. Pad leaks are the root of poor response, tone, and intonation problems on a saxophone and pad leaks are often the result of uneven pressure applied to the pad by the tone hole. The Neo Pad solves this problem by design as they can only apply even pressure around the tone hole surface, eliminating leaks.
Leveling pads is one of the high arts of a technician's job, involving heat, pressure, and geometry. The technician must consider how the player activates the key, and whether it is a primary or secondary pad that is operated by another pad. They must also consider the role of leverage: if a traditional sax pad leaks in the back, there is no amount of pressure the player can apply to remove the leak. However, if it leaks in the front, the player may be able to crush the pad enough to remove the leak depending on where the key touch or operating arm is located in relation to the leak. A technician's control of these variables involved in padding are what separates a good pad job from a mediocre pad job… until now!
Neo Pads apply even pressure no matter where the key is pressed or activated. Neo Pads also apply even pressure no matter how hard or soft the key is pressed. This means that every Neo Pad installs the same and they all install FAR easier than any traditional pad.
Another issue technicians face is selecting the proper thickness of pad. Using the proper thickness of pad is essential for a traditional pad job and technicians often have lots of money invested in their pad inventory to make sure they have the proper thickness of pad in stock when needed. With the Neo Pad, taller and shorter spuds are used in the back of the pad to change the pad protrusion, so only one thickness of pad is required for all types of pad jobs. Saving technicians' thousands of dollars in pad stock.
Begin installing a Neo Pad by selecting the correct size pad. To do this, measure the pad cup to get the proper diameter of the cup, then reduce that measurement by 0.5mm. The Neo Pad needs to be smaller than the diameter of the cup to allow the pad to tilt.
For example, if you measure the cup at 30mm, you will want to order a 29.5mm pad. For measurements that are unclear, (like 29.9mm), always round down to the nearest size.
Next, select the appropriate spud, apply a drop of Rubber Reinforced Cyanoacrylate Adhesive to the spud base, and hold the base in the center of the pad cup while it cures for 30 seconds. Then snap the corresponding pad onto the spud (you can also use the pad to center the spud during installation).
Congratulations, you’re done padding!
We’re not kidding, it’s that easy! No shellac, no removing leaks. Once the key is reinstalled and the pad contacts the tone hole for the first time, it will self-level and hold itself in the correct orientation. The pad can be removed and replaced by snapping another pad into the mounted base. With evenly distributed pad pressure for every key, the results are fast response, better tone, and freedom from the warbles, squeaks, squawks, and honks that come from pad leaks.
Neo Pads are made with a backing disc, a fully synthetic felt, and then wrapped with our tan leather for low pad noise and a perfect seal. The feel is solid with some give. The spud comes in three heights, which allow you to achieve the right pad protrusion and function for the instrument. The Standard Spud gives you the results of a thinner pad and has less tilt due to less clearance. These come pre-installed on the Neo Pad. The Medium Spud mimics the pad height and protrusion of most standard pads and has more tilt. The Tall Spud gives you the most clearance and tilt, and works in places where you might normally need a thicker pad or shim to achieve the correct height.
Like with any pad job, good prep work is key to your success. A straight and dent free body with level tone holes and level pad cups will set you up for a great end result! Neo Pads can be installed on any saxophone. The spud that is glued into the cup is stable yet still removable. Currently available in our classic tan pad leather with other options offered in the future!
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