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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000903.txt from 2001/05

From: Richard Bush <rbushidioglot@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Pad Savers
Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 17:05:10 -0400

For what my opinion is worth: I totally agree with Dr. Ed. Keeping those
little things in the bore creates the equivalent of toxic shock syndrome. GET
THE MOISTURE OUT, LET THE AIR CIRCULATE, LEAVE THE CASE OPEN TO PROMOTE THIS
AIR DRYING!

"Lacy, Edwin" wrote:

> > Are pad savers (the brushes that you put in a clarinet when it's in it's
> > case) really bad for a clarinet? If so, why?
>
> These devices are among my pet peeves. They really aren't very absorbent,
> so rather than removing moisture from the instrument, they just move it
> around a little and hold it there. The results can be mold, mildew,
> unpleasant smells, and deteriorating pads. Especially in a humid climate
> such as that in the midwest where I live, I much prefer to remove moisture
> from the instrument. I sometimes have students who come to the university
> using the so called "pad savers," but after a little discussion of the pros
> and cons, they invariably decide that they will revert to more traditional
> swabs. I will admit that the blue, feathered things look cool to students.
> In my opinion they just aren't very useful.
>
> Ed Lacy
> University of Evansville
> EL2@-----.edu
>
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