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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000676.txt from 2001/07

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Opus or Concerto
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 19:16:52 -0400

At 11:46 PM 7/25/2001 +0100, Ian Black wrote:
> what's an offset trill key? I play Buffet R13s and don't know whether
>these have offset trill keys or not. Can someone describe these to me?

The are a Leblanc exclusive (which includes Noblet and Vito) It describes
the way the higher trill keys go directly over (or "jump") the lower trill
key pad cups, instead of having the pad cups angle away from the key the
way others do to get out of the way of the higher keys. It does allow for
the trill key tone holes to remain higher up on the body, where they are
less prone to getting wet. Also, it makes for direct up-and-down motion
of the pad relative to the hole, making for a more positive seal than with
offset ones, which can get very iffy if there is play in the mechanism.

Bill Hausmann
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Essexville, MI 48732 ICQ UIN 4862265

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