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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000105.txt from 2001/07

From: Christian Budde <budde@-----.de>
Subj: Re: [kl] materials used for overhauls
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2001 09:29:20 -0400

Hello Cindy,

On Wed, 4 Jul 2001, Cindy Christensen wrote:
> Is cork worth double the price? I would love to hear you opinions.

The cork itself is cheap (eg.: leather 1DM, cork 0.70DM). However, it
needs some skills to replace a cork pad (to get a good seal), because it
is not flexible. Anyway, you pay for the time, not for the material. Cork
lasts longer than your clarinet (nearly :-). Many hautbois (sp?) players
use them for their very small holes.

I have leather pads on my instruments. They seem to last about >6 years.
But that depends on actual playing time and weather conditions. The
advantage for me is that I can replace them myself. Perhaps next time I
will give cork a try for the upper joint pads, because they are not
affected by water so much as leather.

HTH
Christian

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