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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000568.txt from 1998/04

From: Jack Kopstein <>
Subj: Re: Lost low E
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 1998 05:01:40 -0400

At 10:44 PM 10/04/98 -0400, you wrote:

>At 06:30 AM 4/11/98 +1200, you wrote:

>>Where has my low E gone? All I can get is a very breathy F# (approx) instead

>>of low E. All keys & pads seem to OK. It must be something simple, but beats

>>me - I might have to go the whole holiday weekend without it. Any ideas (for

>>a total beginner)


>>Nigel Millar

>>You have to start somewhere - the beginning is about right.


>Sounds like bent keys to me. When you push the appropriate keys down

>normally, do the pads close all the way down onto the holes?




>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.


>Hi:Re low E problems

My guess is that you have leak, that is in the pads chalumeau - G to low F. Take the righthand joint and remove the bell. Then take the palm of your hand and place across the lower opening. BLow strongly into the upper end, placing your fingers in the tone holes and also ensuring the lower keys are also covering the tone holes(the down position)if you perceive any air escaping you have a leak.Another problem which you may have is that the cork beneath the F key above the boehm patent mechanism may either be gone or no longer effective.Also the tenons may be defective . That is the corks which ensure an airtight connection.

Defective pads and or bent keys are easily repaired by a knowledeable woodwind repairman.

Jack Kopstein

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