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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001472.txt from 1999/01

From: "Kevin Fay (LCA)" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] How to pad along for a bit
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 15:17:21 -0500

Scott Morrow wrote:

<<<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bands around them, and the reed has been replaced by a conveniently-trimmed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 tape!>>>

The beast exists. A gentleman (whose name escapes me) gave a presentation
at the Northwest MENC convention a couple of years ago on emergency repairs.
One of the nifty tricks was how to replace a pad with a wad of chewing gum
topped off with a bit of the wrapper. Another was to replace a rod with a
paper clip. You get the idea.

The (Bundy) clarinet he passed around the room was truly hideous. Half the
pads were of this ilk, many of the rods & screws were replaced with bits of
paper clips, and the ligature was (of course) a rubber band. All of these
"repairs" had been done years before--most people did not want to touch it.

The amazing thing--IT SEALED. It wasn't the most responsive instrument I
ever played, but the notes came out without squeaks.

The guy was not, not, not saying that any of these could be a "permanent"
solution, but would get the junior high band director through the concert
when his/her second chair clarinet player walks up with that oh-so-familiar


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