Klarinet Archive - Posting 000585.txt from 1996/04
From: Mark Charette <charette@-----.COM>
Subj: Re: checks?
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 1996 16:31:40 -0400
Cathleen Renee Orr wrote:
> Steve Prescott wrote:
> > John Spicknall, one of my colleagues at ISU, has a Prestige. The top
> > joint has numerous checks and I've already pinned a crack.
> Pardon my ignorance Steve, but what's a check? What's it look like?
> Where does it come from? (What does it eat?) I've never heard of
> anyone having a check in their clarinet.
Perhaps we need to spell it "Czech" to get the meaning ;&)
Anyway, if you hold up a piece of wood to a light and sight tangentially
you sometimes can see fissures running both parallel and perpendicular
to the grain, thus the word "check" or "checking" (square) . These
fissures start out being only a couple of wood fibers deep, and
hopefully stop there. Checking happens mostly on hard, dense woods
rather than soft woods.
Mark Charette "Languages come; languages go--only Fortran is for
Mika Systems, Inc the ages." - Jim Glass