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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000085.txt from 1994/05

From: Clark W Fobes <reedman@-----.COM>
Subj: Re: Clarinet keys
Date: Wed, 4 May 1994 13:31:29 -0400

On Wed, 4 May 1994, Claudia Zornow wrote:

> Clark Fobes suggests that manufacturers look at making more
> lightweight keys. Can anyone speak (knowledgeably!) about
> the quality of keys from different manufacturers?
> Specifically, I bought an R13 Bb in about 1987, and within a
> couple of years the keys I touch frequently had worn down to
> a pink color (copper?). This didn't happen on my previous
> two clarinets (a used Selmer and my very first Bundy), so
> I can't believe the old acid-fingers excuse. Any comments?

You are absolutely right! Buffet has been doing a lousy job with plating
in recent years. I brought it up at the factory last summer and they were

I suggest having your current instrument replated the next time you want
an overhaul. Ask your repair person to send the Keys to Anderson Silver
plating and ask for double silver plating. Silver holds up better. They
will also nickle plateif you prefer. Plating a set of keys should cost about

Clark W Fobes

> Claudia

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