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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001430.txt from 1999/01

From: "Scott Morrow" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] How to pad along for a bit
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 00:13:03 -0500

>Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 15:18:32 -0700
>From: Richard Bush <>
>Subject: Re: [kl] How to pad along for a bit
>As a repairman, I find your "emergency" padding very interesting. I
>believe the plastic film you describe might be "Seran Wrap" here in the
>US. I think everyone should remember such things for dire emergencies.
>would do so myself "in an emergency."
>My only reservation would be that some will "live" with these emergency
>measures in place and not have them taken care of in a timely manner. I
>have seen, too many times, such repairs done, either by the player or
>a well meaning band director, and the repair is left in this
>questionable state only to fail at an inopportune time a little further
>down the road.

Taken to extremes, I can imagine coming across a clarinet on which every
pad is replaced with plastic wrap/"blue goo" pads, all the keys have
rubber bands around them, and the reed has been replaced by a
conveniently-trimmed credit card, attached to the mouthpiece with duct

Then someone will write for this "period instrument", and future
generations will be in a quandary over how to play the piece on "modern"
clarinets while still attaining the "sound" the composer had in mind!


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