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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000196.txt from 1997/09

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: Selmer repair
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 00:14:53 -0400

At 10:03 PM 9/3/97 -0400, you wrote:
> Just go and ask any good repairman for horror stories. Just one
>example: a butcher decided that my friend's tone holes needed to be
>smoothed. However, instead of re-cutting them, which requires extremely
>specific, expensive tools, this butcher just sanded them down, making it
>impossible to seat cork pads or the thin ones preferred by professionals.
>This damage was NOT repairable because too much wood had been taken off
>recutting the holes would have made the countersunk hole too low for the
>level of the pad cup...
> In short, much butchery cannot be fixed. Also, what can be fixed
>often costs much more than the original repair would have taken.
>Fred Jacobowitz
>Clarinet/Sax Instructor, Peabody Preparatory
That would come within my definition of "ridiculous." As long as one does
not alter the WOOD, I can't see how much damage can be done. But as they
say, if you make things idiot-proof, they breed better idiots!

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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