Sax Pad Tools


These are the smoothest, fastest cutting files you can buy. Nothing compares to diamonds. The rotary tone hole file set comes with 7 machined discs/pilots ranging from 3/4″ to 2-1/4″ in diameter (suitable for Alto’s, Tenors & Baris). The discs can be used to check the flatness of a tone hole by placing a disc (bare metal side down) over a tonehole and using a leak light. To file down high spots of a tone hole, the file is placed on the tonehole and turned with a wrench while applying pressure.  The ball end allen wrench driver prevents tilting of the file on the tonehole. Go to my prices/ordering page to order replacement diamond skins. Works great for repair shops and other high volume work (see tonehole file video).

New diamond skins are available for every size.


A 12″ long ball end driver is available for use with a low speed power drill (image below).


Photo of rotary chamfer files for saxes
Rotary Chamfer Files for Saxes
Photo of rotary chamfer files
Rotary Chamfer File


After the toneholes are flat you will need to smooth off the rough edges on the corners so the pad skin doesn’t get cut. The easiest way to do this is with an abrasive rubber bit as shown below (available from jewelry supplies). A protective template can be used prevent damage to a polished body. You can use a Dremel or similar hand tools work best.