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Pads and resonators are one of the key points for acusticaly improvement for saxophones. We cooperate with Chedeville-Lelandais (pads) and Reso-Tech (resonators) to give you the individual choice of sound.


Saxophone pads

Clarinet pads

Chedeville-Lelandais pads

1928 Monsieur Lelandais create a entreprise especialised on manufacturing pads for wind instruments.  1976. The entreprise was bought by M. Glotin, owner of another company, especialized on manufacture of reeds for wind instruments. This fusion ofthis two complementary activities became the society Glotin-Chedeville-Lelandais at Ezanville, on the Departement of Val d’Oise, at 20 km of the Nord of Paris 2005. The Enterprise Glotin-Chedeville-Lelandais is sailed. Michel Ryckeboër,who was employed as accountant in this society, bought the field of activity of manufactory of pads for wind’s intruments and establish the Enterprise Chedeville-Lelandais based at the original location at Ezanville, near from Paris.

Reso-Tech resonators

RESO-TECH Resonators are custom made in a variety of materials in an either flat or dome profiles. We size them for all saxophones, vintage or modern. Oversized sets are also available.

Resonators in details


If you are not sure what you want, remember that the following always holds true: One cannot go wrong with Brass Resonators.  Brass always delivers the goods.  Rich sound and enhanced projection are the characteristics of Brass Resonators.


Nickel resonators are considered traditional because of their use in the Super Balanced Actions and MK VIʼs of the 1950ʻs and 60ʻs.  Many players want them because they were the original resonators in their horn and they prefer the noticeably brighter sound. For a more edgy, brighter, traditional R and B sound, Nickel could be the best choice.  With a high baffle neouthpiece, you could out-do the guitar player in the band, or even peel the paint off the walls of your house!  In all seriousness, you'll gain the possibility of achieving a sound more akin to that of the greats, such as Wilton Felder or King Curtis. On the other hand, using a dark, large bore, or more traditional low baffle mouthpiece with Nickel, will sound great.  The extra volume of the Nickel, in combination with a mainstream traditional mouthpiece, will give your sound extra power and projection while still retaining its darkness. In sum, Nickel can go either way and be a great choice depending on whether your mouthpiece and horn are naturally bright or dark.



As a softer metal than brass, silver resonators have a somewhat less bright, duller sound than comparable brass resonators. That being said, horns with silver resonators sound absolutely great! We have no absolute, definitive evaluation of silver's sound qualities as a resonator in comparison to brass but we do think that in a blindfold test with resonators nestled in a pad, it might be hard to tell the difference between the two.  We do suspect that given the somewhat duller sound of silver, a set of silver resonators might be somewhat less resonant and bright than brass.   


A gold plated horn has a noticeably different sound than a laquered horn.  There is a certain sparkle and a unique resonance in the sound of a gold plated horn. It follows that the same is true for Gold Plated Resonators.  A bench test of freely suspended, comparable resonators shows them to have high overtones and a sweeter sound than brass. Given that a set of resonators constitutes a substantial portion of the saxophone, the investment in a set of Gold Plated Resonators is one to seriously consider. Gold as a material is also impervious to the effects of moisture and oxidation. Gold and it's value will stand the test of time.



This choice seems to continue to be one of ongoing, subjective conjecture and is more often than not simply a matter of one's personal preference.  Factors such as what the hornʼs original resonators were and other subjective reasons come into play.  The choice will likely forever remain a subjective one.  Many think that Dome reflects the sound in unique and desirable ways while others prefer Flat  for other reasons. However, we at Reso-Tech have a loosely held opinion but enough of one worth mentioning; that flat resonators make for a more be-bop type of articulation with a sense of a more defined separation between notes. But this statement is made with the disclaimer that - We have no scientific proof of this being the case!



A little more presence in the sound particularly from the mid range down through the lower register - more "bump" and presence in the lower notes. There is such a difference using Reso-Tech Resonators that we don't always recommend installing Oversized Resonators in your Saxophone. Keep in mind that if you are using Nickel the sound is going to be very bright and noticably loud!  Nickel is best for Tenor.

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