Some time ago I bought this thing off e bay. Its running into silly money now, but I've started so I will finish. I have the nasty thing polished up and wrapped in clingfilm and now have the pads and cork and felt and the shellac. When I took the old pads off I didnt melt the old shellac, I just peeled them out. I was looking on you tube and saw a fix where the tech glues a short spring behing the pad, assembles and warms the cup so the spring seats the pad, then allows it to cool, hey presto. But, he is using what I think is a hot glue stick. I already have the shellac and would prefer to use it, but, is it tough enough to hold against a compressed spring for indefinate time? The spring is only about the strength of one in a ball point pen cut down to 2 or 3 mm.
I am going slowly with this one, its very labour intensive and not something I would recommend to anyone who is not real techy minded. I have spent:
sax 250 usd
carriage 80 usd
duty 92 euros
kit to clean and dismantle about 40 euros, inc a small gas torch and a metre long strip of leds for a leak light
pads and stuff 82-00 GBP
I will laquer it soon, was going to spray with a proper two pack, but have decided now to use aerosol. Guess that will be another 30 euros
What do you reckon to the spring idea? I liked the look of it very much for a good seating.