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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001433.txt from 1999/01

From: Floyd Williams <>
Subj: Re: [kl] How to pad along for a bit
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 02:47:05 -0500

This sort of pad that Tony describes is actually very effective,and must
be the easiest emergency repair I know of.I have had a similar pad in my
c#/g# key for about 7 weeks now,and it shows no signs of failing.i will
get it replaced,but it's still ok after all this time.My variation on it
is that I simply put the Blu-Tak in the pad cup,shaped like a pad and
put a small square of saran wrap on it so it doesn't stick to the tone

Tony Pay wrote:
> On Thu, 28 Jan 1999 15:18:32 -0700, said:
> > 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 by 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.
> Yeah, and it looks inelegant, too, doesn't it?
> It does makes me wonder, though, about the philosophy behind our choice
> of material for such things. That philosophy surely depends very much
> on the detailed behaviour of the particular material. BluTak/Clingfilm
> pads are quite robust, in their way, if carefully made and fitted (but
> see footnote). And the fact that they alter slightly over their
> lifespan is no real disadvantage: in fact in some ways it works in their
> favour. And I'm sure it wouldn't be too difficult to improve on them,
> keeping the same basic idea.
> One time wear-and-throwaway contact lenses are becoming more common.
> Could we imagine cheap quick-change self-adjusting pads on our
> instruments that we replaced ourselves, say, once a month?
> Might they actually be more efficient?
> Just an idea. I know it's probably not the right sort of thing to
> suggest to a repairman.
> (footnote: I say this, but I haven't carried out exhaustive tests. For
> example, in really low temperatures they might behave like the famous
> Challenger O-rings. So to be really sure, I'd have to check that out
> like a latter-day Feynman, for the benefit of the marching bands:-)
> Tony
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Floyd Williams
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