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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000541.txt from 1996/04

From: Steve Fowler <sfowler@-----.COM>
Subj: Re: Annual clarinet,cleaning et. al.
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 1996 00:10:36 -0400

> RE: Tuning Buffet Eb clarinets.
> The sharp Bb3 is a notorious problem on the Buffet Eb's.
> Lowering the pad is not sufficient, the tuning must be dome in the
> hole. However, I find tape to be a really poor solution. Tape works,
> but it can provide only incremental tuning, usually requires more than
> one layer and may release at the most inopportune moment! I use Duco
> metal epoxy. This is a two part epoxy that sets up in about 30 minutes.
> This material has good adhesion if the surface is clean and can be
> filed. I wrote an article on tuning the clarinet for the Clarinet
> magazine about 10 years ago that describes this technique.
> Clark W Fobes


You're absolutely right that tape is a temporary solution. Good fabric
tape only will last a few years. The epoxy is much better. However, I
shudder at the thought of some players mixing and applying epoxy to their
clarinet. Besides, taping is something that being temporary can be
changed easier if one finds out they don't like it.

Do you really think that the extra rings on the Prestige make _that_
much of a difference. Buffet inisits that it is the better and longer
aged wood. Are they feeding us a line?


Steve Fowler (

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