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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000387.txt from 2001/02

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Subj: [kl] Re: [[kl] Re: Swabbing]
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2001 14:39:50 -0500

I take my clarinet apart before swabbing, so not to distribute water from=
top joint to the bottom joint, and also not to get the swab caught in the=
joint. I dry off the tops of the tenons in case of condensation between t=
joints. Then I dry the inside of the top of the bell, which usually has e=
condensation. I have to reassemble it for my double case, which requires =
parts together for storage.

I have gotten swabs stuck in the top joint before but am more likely to g=
et it
stuck if I have the joints together, because I cannot see in the joint as=
with it all attached.

Kelly Abraham
Woodwinds/Computer Geek
New York City

"Don Yungkurth" <> wrote:
> Jonathan King asked:
> =

> >When swabbing, is it better to pull the swab from bottom to top or the=

> >other way around?
> =

> As in most things, this is opinion. I swab from top to bottom for two
> reasons. First, most of the condensation, and the tone holes where
> it causes problems, is in the upper joint. Why not use the swab at
> its driest in the wettest part of the horn? Something in my chemical
> engineering background about the efficiency of countercurrent flow seem=
s to
> apply here!
> =

> Second, if the swab is going to get caught, it will most likely be on t=
> register tube. You will be more likely to have sufficient swab to pull=

> backwards and remove the stuck swab if you have started at the top of t=
> top joint.
> =

> My $0.02.
> =

> Don Yungkurth (
> =

> =

> =

> =

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