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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000491.txt from 1996/04

From: Jacqueline G Eastwood <eastwooj@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: Help! Barrel is stuck!
Date: Wed, 17 Apr 1996 11:57:07 -0400

Hi, Nate,

Oh, the perils of a greaseless tenon! If you adjust for tuning between
the barrel and first joint, it should be greased very regularly, as water
will collect in between. If you can, leave the pieces together in a cool
(not cold) place until they shrink a bit. Wrap a cloth around the barrel
to get a better grip and protect it while you are trying to unscrew
(circular motion) the two pieces. Pulling generally does not work so
well. Also, holding the two pieces in close to your chest and upright
seems to improve the leverage (that's how I quick-switch my mouthpiece
from Bb to A in the dark orchestra pit, and I've not had an accident yet!)

Good luck, and don't hurt either yourself or your horn!

Jacqueline Eastwood
University of Arizona/Arizona Opera Orchestra

Mon, 15 Apr 1996, Nate Burk wrote:

> I had my clarinet put together for a few hours yesterday, and it rained so
> much that the added humidity caused the wood to swell up. Now I can't get
> the barrel off the first joint! Can anyone tell me what I can do? This thing
> is *really* stuck! Does it need to go to repair shop?
> --Nate
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