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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000747.txt from 1999/04

From: Richard Bush <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Double Lip Playing-Question for Tom Ridnouer
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 11:57:59 -0400 wrote:
> In a message dated 4/16/99 8:23:30 AM Central Daylight Time,
> writes:
> << Playing relaxed and with virtually no excess movement (fingering economy)
> are
> further promoted by having the clarinet's mechanism set up with fairly light
> and even spring tensions. While it is impossible to have all touch pieces
> completely equal in their resistance, a great many instruments could be
> substantially improved through regulation by knowledgeable and caring repair
> technicians.
> >>
> I do all my own adjusting. This is FAR to important to be left to a repair
> technician.
> (OK this was a tongue-in-cheek reply. I do 99% of my own repairs/maintenance
> on all my horns. After 20-some years I DID let someone else touch my bass
> clarinet, and that was Francois Kloc! )
> So, I'm paranoid, neurotic, and compulsive. What else is new?
> Walter Grabner
> who is dreaming of his own clarinet-only biz, when he can afford to quit his
> day job

Go ahead. Call it being paranoid, neurotic and compulsive if you wish, but I
applaud you being able to do most of these kinds of things for yourself. Not
all are mechanically inclined, and for their own safety, should not do their
own repairs. Many others could do this type of work and do it well, such as yourself.

As we both know, doing spring tension reduction and/or balancing isn't all
that hard and requires few tools. The clarinet, too, is possibly the most
accessible of all woodwinds upon which to develop some basic repair skills.
And who else but yourself knows exactly how you want things to be on your horn?

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