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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000830.txt from 1996/04

From: CLARK FOBES <reedman@-----.COM>
Subj: Gore-tex pads
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 1996 13:50:22 -0400

I have tried the Buffet gore-tex pads on a very limited basis. I put
them in my own horn and played a few rehearsals on them and took them

My experience was that they did not hold a seat very well. Perhaps I
needed to give them a longer period to settle in, but I did not have
the patience. I have also worked on clarinets that have them installed
at the factory. Generally the larger pads felt too hard to me. A pad
needs to have a slight "give" to accomplish a beautiful legato. I
personally heard an increased reinforcement of upper over tones which
I did not like.

The small pads in the upper joint seal extremely well and most likely
are fine for that area.

At this point I am still very satisfied with the STRAUBINGER pads and
use them on all of my overhauls. Highnotes Inc. , in association with
Powell Flutes is developing a pad that looks very interesting. I will
be trying them soon.

Clark W Fobes

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