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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001083.txt from 1999/01

From: Note Staff Unlimited <>
Subj: [kl] Leaving the horn out
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 22:51:52 -0500

Dodgshun family schrieb:

> 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.
> Anna


Your wood is swollen or shrunk and if you don't have a woodwind technician
remove some wood at the joint, you might very well soon have a cracked horn
(clarinet as well as bassoon).

David Glenn

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