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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000133.txt from 2001/05

From: "Dee D. Hays" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Cracking Clarinets
Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 21:16:29 -0400

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Randell" <>
Subject: Re: [kl] Cracking Clarinets

> Roger:
> So what related "defects in workmanship or wood issues" caused my
> Selmer 10S to crack after 20 years ? Purchased in 1980, over the years
> travelled to places between South Africa,(hot humid) and Whitehorse in the
> NWT (in the winter), which covers temperatures from 100+ to 40 below.
> Cracked between the top two tone holes. Don't know how long it had been
> there - probably a max of six month's. Didn't affect the blowing or
> response. Steve Fox saw it when he was strengthening a spring
> Regard's
> Peter Randell
> Toronto

Since nothing happened for apparently 20 years, it is possible that this may
actually be an altogether different type of situation. This makes it less
likely that it would be workmanship or wood issues. One possibility could
be a flaw created at a later time, such as a small, unnoticeable nick. To
verify something like that would take dissecting the instrument and I'm sure
you don't want to do that. Or it could be something that none of us has
thought of.

Dee Hays

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