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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001072.txt from 1999/01

From: Dodgshun family <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Leaving the horn out
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 20:39:00 -0500

At 08:55 AM 20/01/99 +0000, you wrote:
>Even if you swab every time, the cork is going to be *wet* after a
>reasonably long session, and it then swells up. This can make your joints
>seize up. I know about
>this - it
>happened to the bell on my B flat.
>Roger Shilcock

Happens to me - the bell on my A will sometimes take two people to get off.
It's much worse in the winter - I have very little problem in the summer. A
trick my teacher showed me is to grab hold of the upper end of the lower
joint, and swing it downwards fast. It cools the tenons off and makes it
much easier to get apart. My sister's bassoon is worse - she and I have a
tug-of-war to get the thing apart every time she plays, no matter how much
she swabs it or greases the joints. She's only been playing a couple of
months, and it's gradually getting easier to get the instrument apart, so I
suspect that the instrument (a school one) hasn't been used for a while, and
the cork has swollen.


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