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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000905.txt from 2001/05

From: "Karl Krelove" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] The problem with the bridge linking upper and lower joint
Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 17:23:12 -0400

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dirk Kussin []
> Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2001 1:05 PM

> <snip> But now some
> plate is not closing dense (I mean, the plate/pad is not closing the
> tone hole perefectly), which now also has to be fixed. I noticed, that
> the axis on the lower joint with the 3 rings and the plate above these
> 3 rings is bent (the upper part of this axis, parallel to the plate,
> is bent a little bit). I suspect that the repairsman bent this axis,
> in order to fix the other problem. ...
> By the way: It bothers me that after the repair there was a visible
> scratch on the silver of the bridge which was repaired. Also that the
> plates are not completely dense. ...
> What I would like to express: I hate the need of a repair of the
> clarinet. It gives the feeling of being completely depended on the
> repairsman. In particular if you got scratches and non-dense pads
> after the repair and have to go there 3 or 4 times until the problem
> is really fixed.
> What about other list members? Do you have similar experiences with
> repairsmen? Or are you always satisfied with them?
> Dirk
Well, I certainly wouldn't be happy with *this* repairman. Is there no one
else to whom you can take your instrument (or even send it)? Fine instrument
repair is a high craft becoming at times an art in itself. As with any
skilled work, there are always going to be workmen around whose skills are
not adequate. A good repairman is a necessity. Bad ones can be worse than
just a waste of money.

Karl Krelove

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