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While a clarinet is used in this guide, this technique could be used on other woodwind instruments. A pad on a clarinet needs to be replaced if it falls off or becomes damaged. In this case, the protective film on the pad has fallen off.

Disassemble the clarinet  until you are  handling only the  joint containing the missing or damaged pad.
  • Disassemble the clarinet until you are handling only the joint containing the missing or damaged pad.

  • If the pad is missing completely, skip to step 3.

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Remove the damaged pad by  inserting the screwdriver under the pad and peeling it off the key.
  • Remove the damaged pad by inserting the screwdriver under the pad and peeling it off the key.

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Squeeze a dot of super glue into the empty key.
  • Squeeze a dot of super glue into the empty key.

  • Take care to not overfill the key or glue will ooze out and potentially bind the key to the instrument.

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Quickly insert the new pad into the key, taking care not to smear the glue.
  • Quickly insert the new pad into the key, taking care not to smear the glue.

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Using the screwdriver, press the pad down to secure it to the key
  • Using the screwdriver, press the pad down to secure it to the key

  • Hold the pad for 5 seconds to let the glue harden

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Place a small piece of paper between the key and the instrument to avoid residual glue binding the key to the instrument
  • Place a small piece of paper between the key and the instrument to avoid residual glue binding the key to the instrument

  • Let the instrument sit out for a few minutes to let the glue fully dry

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