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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000229.txt from 1997/12

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: clack clack goes my LH B key
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 18:27:47 -0500

At 10:52 PM 12/4/97 -0600, David Niethamer wrote:
>on 12/2/97 8:46 PM, SEAN TALBOT wrote:
>>I have a Yamaha 72cx and the lever mechanism on the left hand
>>B key fits into a hole down in the right hand pinky area. Why Yamaha
>>makes the mechanism this way insted of how everyone else does it.....I
>>don't know and I don't care. The problem is that every shem that has
>>been put in there to quiet the key action has fallen out in short time
>>and then it rattles around when using right had B for anything. So my
>>question is Where can I find a shem that would be easy enough to replace
>You could try a little piece of plastic sandwich bag as a temporary fix
>until a repair tech can do the job properly. I use a piece about 1/2 inch
>in diameter, and that seems to work well. Another thing I've seen is to
>get a tech to put some of the plastic shrink wrap that is used to seal
>jars over the pin in the end of the key.
I use Saran Wrap myself. Many clarinets, including my Selmer Series 10,
have key mechanisms like this. They are more positive than others, like on
Bundys and Selmer Signets, for example, since they remain mechanically
linked on both attack and release of the key. The original material used
in such a joint was fish skin. I like the Saran Wrap better, and don't
consider it a temporary fix. It seems to last longer than the skin!

Bill Hausmann
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Essexville, MI 48732
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