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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000358.txt from 1997/12

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: Restoring a Clarinet
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 1997 09:08:58 -0500

At 03:48 PM 12/7/97 -0500, Bryan Hardester wrote:
My questions are these: 1.
>Could you tell me anymore about what I have just purchased?

You've purchased a $10 clarinet. That's what I paid for mine. Actually,
yours is probably better than average. It is most likely silver-plated.
And may very well have been used in a military band, but with the USQMC
designation (Quartermaster Corps) is more likely from the Army.

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.

Disassemble, take all pads and corks off, and dip all parts in Tarnex.
Then use conventional silver polish. Finish with something like a Selmer
plated finish polishing cloth. This treatment worked wonders with my
silver-plated Martin also sax. Complete repad/recork required after that.

>One more question... do you know what key it would have been in? Made in
>1937 by Holton.
Odds are it's in Bb. Eb is second choice, and should be obvious from
smaller size.

I really enjoy my old metal clarinet. I keep it in my truck so I can play
it whenever I get the urge. It can withstand the temperature extremes
without stress. Probably why the military used them.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732
ICQ UIN 4862265

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

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