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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000261.txt from 1997/12

Subj: swab question
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 1997 08:11:58 -0500

I remember talking to the repair guy I work with a number of years ago and
he mentioned that certain materials really were not very good to the instrament.
The reasoning being that some materials leave behind small amounts of fibers
that over time collect in tone holes causing intonation, and tone quality
problems. It seems to me this was a concern of silk but I don't remember.
Roger isn't around much anymore to ask him (my original sourse that is).
Other materials felt nice to the
touch and look good but don't absorb water all that well. Anyone on here
have a real excellent knowledge of materials that could tell me what material
absorbs water best and does not shed fibers? I'll make a swab out of that
no matter how ugly it is. =)

Sean Talbot
Music Education major
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

theory of location - "no matter where you go - - - there you are"

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