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Lacquer on Pads

Failure of these articulated keys to open may be due to causes other than weak springs. For instance, there may be lacquer on the tone hole socket rim and on the pad. This lacquer acts as an adhesive to hold the pad to the socket. The spring is not strong enough to pull the pad away from the socket because it is stuck fast with the lacquer. In this case, use some lacquer cleaner or thinner on a cloth and carefully remove the lacquer from the rim of the socket and from the pad. Use sparingly or the thinner will cause the pad to become hard. A quick but temporary solution may be a little talcum powder or face powder dusted on the pad to counteract the stickiness of the lacquer. Another quick solution may be to use some fine sandpaper on the socket rim and on the pad to remove some of the lacquer and rough it up so it is not so sticky.