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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000719.txt from 2001/04

Subj: Re: [kl] Cracking clarinets
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 09:13:54 -0400

At 11:41 PM 04/29/2001 -0700, you wrote:
>Whether you believe it or not and you think this part of "urban legend"
>there is a preponderance of evidence garnered by many, many artisans for
>as many years as clarinets have been made that clarinets will and do crack
>under the circumstances I described. I have witnessed clarinets and oboes
>crack at the absolute beginning of rehearsals either outdoors or in cold
>halls. I see many clarinets each winter that need to be pinned and most
>players start with "the hall was really cold.."


Sorry for jumping in here - but I need to ask a question...........

Is it possible that it is not so much the temperature as it is the
accompanying lack of moisture? I remember before going to Arizona for a
Clarinet Fest several years ago I was warned to take my Dampits and use
them regularly - to avoid cracking of both clarinets and the bass. I
followed that advice of course, but the implication was with regard to the
drier weather as opposed to the temperature..........but it could have been
a temperature issue too.

Just asking your opinion....

Thanks.....and best wishes,
Roger Garrett

Roger Garrett
Clarinet Professor
Director, Symphonic Winds
Illinois Wesleyan University
School of Music
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
Phone: (309) 556-3268
Fax: (309) 556-3121

"A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes
Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825)

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