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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000780.txt from 1999/01

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Brannenizing (1193-2 Buffet Bass)
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 1999 11:59:05 -0500

At 09:02 AM 1/17/99 -0600, you wrote:
> That's basically what he does. Crappy thing is: I live a good two
>blocks from his shop, yet I have yet to reap the benefits of his
>When I spoke to Mrs. Brannen, she felt that the ring at the top of my
>upper joint was too tight, thus causing the wood to crack in this dry
>climate. As part of the Brannenizing service, rings are
>tightened/loosened as necessary. That's what I was told.....ex post facto
That seems unlikely. My rings always get loose in the dry winter
conditions as the wood shrinks. Assuming that your instrument would do the
same thing, this would REDUCE the pressure of the ring against the wood. I
would be more inclined to believe that the ring was too LOOSE to start
with, and that the wood was insufficiently supported by the ring to help
prevent cracking. More likely, of course, is that it was going to crack
anyway, and it is good that it happened while the instrument was still
under warrantee.

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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