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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000330.txt from 1995/01

From: Jay Heiser <pp001887@-----.COM>
Subj: Re: Repairing pads (periodic service)
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 1995 03:14:04 -0500

>I tend to agree - although in all my years of playing clarinet, sax, and
>bass clarinet, I've never really sent any any of my horns for a repair - I
>wonder how much was luck and how much was just ignoring and playing around
>obvious defects? One of the real benefits I've seen from this list is to
>make one more aware of what's normally done to keep an instrument in
>playable condition - although dabblers (I play for three community bands)
>like me can't exactly expense a big repair bill, we certainly should be
>aware that our playing can be made better by proper attention to the
>instrument. And I'm not exactly planning on embarking on a repair career,
>so I'll get someone else to do it :) Although if someone knows SOME regaulr
>maintenance/checkout things that anyone with a modicum of handyness can do,
>I'd like to hear about it - Thanks for replying!
> Gord

The horn can slowly deteriorate on you and you might not notice that it
doesn't play as well as it used to. Sometimes its a good idea to swap
horns with other players and you'll each notice things about each others
horn that you might not notice on your own. If you find a good tech,
you can trust that person to do what's necessary & they'll do the minimum
necessary to tweak your horn without taking you to the cleaners.

You might be amazed home much difference a repair person can make without
even changing a pad. Pads can start to leak but still not look all goopy.

Name: Jay Heiser
E-mail: (Jay Heiser)
Date: 12/21/94
Time: 21:47:26

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