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Tone Hole Sockets

Sometimes the leak is not due to the pad or key at all but to the socket. A bump on the socket may have caused it to tilt and become unlevel. In this case you are due for a trip to your repairman, for this job requires skill, experience, and special tools and equipment. He may be able to remove the dent from the body of the saxophone and bring the socket rim back to level, or he may be able to grind off the high edge of the socket so it will have a level rim.

On saxophones with a soldered-on socket, the solder is sometimes eaten through by body and saliva acids, or the solder may be broken loose by hitting the instrument against something or by dropping it. In either case the tone hole will leak. This trouble will never occur on instruments with integral sockets drawn from the body metal.