I am now attempting to address the worst part of the little Buescher "C" soprano. It's been over a year since the tech installed the Roo pads, and I think between the tech and myself the pads have been adjusted dozens of times. They accept adjustment but a week later the horn is unplayable.
The pads are glued in (not shellac) and the resos have a touch of glue as well. Not the way I would have done it. But I've had issues with using shellacked pads and snap-in resos before - it took a lot more work/time to get the pads in the right position. But at least they did stay put - this project horn won't keep pads in adjustment for nothing.
I'm asking for advice on correcting this. In my mind, the solution ranges from tweaking the pads a new way (that would be awesome), to overhaul again using shellac (clean out all that nasty glue), to grind out the blasted spuds and overhaul without the snap-ins. I know there are very strong opinions on the use of glue vs shellac - I don't particularly want to start that discussion unless someone has first-hand experience of glue causing the shifting pads issue and shellac fixing it. I'd like to keep the horn original (i.e., leave the spuds and use the snap-ins) but if the darn thing is unplayable it is useless to me. I want a player first, and collector piece second.
One request: Simple and practical solutions please, if possible! Most on this forum are very talented and could build a horn from a block of brass. I'm not that talented nor am I looking for that size project. I'm an engineer/gunsmith/sax player/car builder who is learning to fix saxophones out of necessity (and because I seem to like frustrating little mechanisms). Thanks in advance!