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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000344.txt from 1997/12

From: Bryan Hardester <>
Subj: Restoring a Clarinet
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 1997 09:08:44 -0500

Hello everyone.. I am a trombone player (sorry if that offends you :-),
and I happen to be married to a Clarinet player. Anyway, I have just found
a 1937 Frank Holton silver clarinet that was used in the U.S.Marine Band (
I think this because it has a U.S.Q.M.C on the bell). Anyway, I picked it
up for 10 bucks at a old instrumet store. My questions are these: 1.
Could you tell me anymore about what I have just purchased? and 2. How
can I go about cleaning all of the black tarnish off of it. The instrument
is in Great condition, but has been tarnished through the years. I can
clean the bell and other big parts, but I don't know how to get to those
hard to reach places. I believe that this clarinet will look new once all
the tarnish is gone. It does need new pads (obviously) so I don't have
any worries with loosing these. This is a Christmas present for my wife
and I would like it to be as shiny as possible.

One more question... do you know what key it would have been in? Made in
1937 by Holton.

Thanks and i hope to hear from some of you soon.

Thanks again.

Bryan Hardester
Trombonist - The Brass Company Brass Quintet
Prestonsburg, Kentucky

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