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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000885.txt from 1999/01

From: "line ringuette" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Brannenizing
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 19:14:51 -0500

Ok -
My clarinets have been Brannenized (2 years ago), and they play better than
they've ever played before.
His overhauls last an eternity - I know people who've had them done 10
years ago, and say they still haven't needed an overhaul since Brannen.

When I brought him my horns, I was really quite depressed with my A clar.
I bought it because it had a beautiful tone, but that tone was buried under
some nasty problems. Some notes were stuffy, others too free, tuning was
strange on others. - yep stuff that you would figure would have been done
at the factory. After overhauling the A, it plays like a dream!

I do believe he
-undercuts tone holes, etc.
-puts a coating of some sort on the side c# (if necessary) as water
accumulates there
-hand-made skin pads. (that last very long apparently)
-cork on upper joint (hand cut)
-teflon bumpers at places that cork would break down eventually (ie: LH f/c
key - where contact is made with the lever) ... teflon bumpers are
permanent, I think they are inserted into a hole drilled in the key.

I am very happy with my horns. He did a fantastic job and it was worth it
for me. He is expensive, but I figured that if it could last for 8 years,
then it's worth it.
I know, this isn't rocket science: I've had many people put on a new pad, a
cork etc... thinking it was a perfect fit... but I really didn't know what
a PERFECT fit was until I played my horns the 1st time after the
overhaul.... WOW!!! It made a huge difference in my playing.
Perhaps this is not so much a case of what is done, but to which Degree?!


> From: Fred <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: [kl] Brannenizing
> Date: January 18, 1999 9:15 AM
> At 04:38 AM 1/18/99 -0800, you wrote:
> re Brannenizing:
> <snip>
> >Clearance at tenons is created for
> >easy assembly and help in crack prevention.
> What does that mean?
> Pads are changed to get the best seal possible.
> Is a factory padding on a new professional horn that much less than
> >Cork pads are applied to the upper joint for longev-ity
> >and clarity of each note.
> Do cork pads increase clarity?
> <snip>
> >After all of the above modifications have been
> >made, final assembly is completed. During this
> >process, they apply their unique acoustical balanc-ing
> >which produces an improved response, even-ness,
> >and resonance throughout the entire range
> >of the clarinet.
> Specifically, what is "acoustical balancing"? Do they undercut and/or
> tone holes? Again- is this necessary on a new professional horn?
> <snip>
> >
> I am asking these questions in a peaceful manner- I am not flaming
> It just seemed that upon careful reading, some of these points didn't
> too much sense to me.
> Fred (
> >

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