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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000909.txt from 2001/05

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] The problem with the bridge linking upper and lower
Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 20:17:08 -0400

At 07:05 PM 5/30/2001 +0200, Dirk Kussin wrote:
>...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. Absence of density is a problem one
>often can not realize immediately. So, now I have to bring the
>instrument again to the repairsman, and hope that then the problem
>will be fixed. But maybe it will be only better, but not completely
>fixed, which a will noticed perhaps only later. And again and again...
>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?

You are pretty much at the mercy of your repairman, unless you learn to do
things yourself. Most minor repairs and tweaking on my own horns I do
myself, but sometimes I have the tech at the store where I work help
me. To properly repair instruments is an art, but for most purposes,
finger-painting-level skills will do. There are several books available on
basic instrument repair designed for band directors. They will cover most
of what you need, without getting bogged down in tone-hole reaming and
crack pinning.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732 ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!

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