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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000488.txt from 2000/09

From: Kenneth Wolman <>
Subj: [kl] Selmer CTs and maintenance for morons(was: Differences in
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 09:27:52 -0400

At 10:49 PM 9/14/00 -0400, Bill Hausmann wrote:
>It was fascinating to take calipers recently and measure the bores of
>several clarinets I have to see how much they differed.... Large-bore
>horns are
>sometimes sold as jazz horns (a la Leblanc Pete Fountain at .590).

1. I know this was discussed quite some time ago, but does anyone recall
the bore dimensions of the old Selmer Centered Tone? I seem to recall
.587, but also some discussion of this instrument being an anomaly of sorts
in that while it's highly prized even now among jazz players, it also had
quite a run as a standard instrument among classical musicians.

2. Oh...sidenote you might call Maintenance for Morons (and here I raise my
hand)...the move to the Jersey Shore has made me more than just a little
aware of what I should have known in the first place, i.e., the care and
feeding of musical instruments. I mean, they beat us over the head with
this in Junior High School and I just let myself forget it. I could get
away with leaving instruments out of the case for extended periods when I
was living inland in a dry apartment. But when you live literally across
the street from the Atlantic Ocean, and have the Shrewsbury river 200 yards
down the block on the other side, the amount of salt and moisture in the
air fouls everything it touches. I left a plastic bass clarinet out of the
case assembled for a week. I went to play it the other day and had notes
missing. Dead key action. No, I had not thrown a pad, the cats (all four
of them) or dog (one of him) had not gotten at it: it was simply sticky
with air-gunk which I had to exercise out of the keys. Everything is still
there, thank God, considering what it cost me back in June to have that
beast overhauled. O ye tyros and other assorted amateurs and ye
thoughtless and ye of little care (I figure there must be one person
besides me who occasionally has drek for brains), heed this mantra: swab
(even plastic), disassemble, put back in the case, swab, disassemble, put
back in the case. I would imagine this mantra works even for saxophones.


Kenneth Wolman
11 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 212-425-4200, x. 363

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