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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000457.txt from 2002/02

From: CBA <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Chipped/Cracked Tenons...AUGH!!
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 19:21:56 -0500


Here are a few options...

I am guessing you don't have musicians insurance for
this instrument, right? os tof the "no fault"
insurance companies will get you a check within 3
business days for the instrument to be replaced.

I am supposing this is not a warranty issue, as I
believe this serial number would put the instrument at
about 3 to 4 years old?

Can you get the tenon fixed, since the part is still
there? You may have to leave the instrument together
until the audition, if it is fixable temporarily. I
think it can be fixed though. You may have to have
another tenon put on, but a clarinet MAKER might be
able to do so for you. There are a few here in North
America. I am not sure where you are (again.) Guy
Chadash is in New York, Steve Fox is in Canada, I bet
Clark Fobes would have the facilities in San Francisco
too. You might could get a choice of wood, metal, or
delrin for the tenon...

Having said all of that, what is financially feasible?
You can rent clarinets, professional ones usually, in
larger cities. Where are you?

If you rent or borrow the instrument, you can use the
Kooiman "Etude" thumbrest, which is player
installable, and goes in the same holes that the
regular thumbrest has already (unlike the more
expensive one.) This thumbrest is more limited, but
will have a good effect over whatever thumbrest you
have. You can install this on a rental horn, and then
take it off when you are done. It is about $30 instead
of over $100 for the more expensive one that has to be
installed by a technician.

If you find a Bb and can't get the thumbrest before
the audition, play with the bell on your knee sitting

Getting back to where you are, I might could lend you
my horn. I need it for an audition on March 2nd
though, and can't part with it before that. Write me
back directly at

Kelly Abraham
Woodwinds - New York City
--- Will Cicola <> wrote:
> This is somewhat of a frantic inquiry. Today, while
> putting away my Bb, I
> put a nice chip in the bottom tenon of my top joint.
> The chip is still
> attached to the tenon, but by a tiny sliver of wood
> (it rocks back and
> forth). As if that weren't enough, while examining
> the damage, I noticed a
> crack, which may or may not have been there before,
> in roughly the same
> location. It goes arcoss the entire bottom surface
> of the tenon (from the
> looks of things, the crack appears to go the whole
> way through, although
> the chip only goes 1/3 to 1/2 of the way through, as
> viewed from the end).
> I can't tell how far up the body the crack goes, but
> it does appear to be
> fairly deep.
> Is it even possible to repair this kind of damage?
> If so, how long would
> it take? Confounding the situation is my March 9
> Oberlin audition (they
> want the Weber Concertino, so the Bb is essential),
> and my need for my
> Kooiman thumbrest, which is the only thing that lets
> me play for more than
> ten minutes or so without getting horrible hand
> cramps. The upshot of this
> is that, even if I found someone with a good horn
> who could do without it
> for the next two weeks, I would either have to train
> myself to play with a
> neckstrap during this time, or...I don't even know
> what else. Obviously
> installing the Kooiman on someone else's instrument
> is out of the question.
> And it would seem to me (although I would be VERY
> happy to learn that I'm
> completely wrong about this) that borrowing just the
> top joint from
> another instrument (thus avoiding the thumbrest
> problem) would cause all
> sorts of problems with intonation and the like. (The
> only other person I
> could think of who could even begin to do something
> like this has a
> Greenline anyway; I have no idea what that would
> mean for this idea. I
> know they're supposed to be identical to the
> "regular" R-13, but it seems
> like there are always hidden factors out there...)
> And while I suppose it
> would be technically possible to purchase a new
> clarinet and get the
> Kooiman installed on it before the audition, I'm
> fairly certain that this
> is not a viable option, financially speaking. Not to
> mention the
> difficulty of getting a completely new horn a week
> (at best) before the
> audition...
> One more it safe to play the instrument
> before it is repaired?
> I thought I remembered reading somewhere that if
> moisture gets into the
> grain, it can cause all kinds of problems, but that
> could be just
> something conjured up and twisted by my panic-addled
> mind. With the size
> and location of the damage, the moisture would
> undoubtedly have wonderful
> direct access to the inner grain of the joint, were
> I to play it.
> For what it's worth, this is a fairly recent Buffet
> R-13 Bb (serial number
> 456XXX). Would it be worth it to try to contact
> Oberlin and ask for
> permission to play the Weber on my A for the
> audition? That seems like the
> choice that would be the LEAST awful, but it all
> hinges on the professor,
> I suppose. I assume that such a request would be
> laughed off under normal
> circumstances, but is this situation severe enough
> to warrant an exception?
> (On a related note, is it a minor/major sin to
> play Rose etudes on A
> clarinet, or is it considered kosher, if somewhat
> unusual?)
> Thank you in advance for your help! I'm pretty much
> at the end of my
> (admittedly, but hopefully understandably) short
> rope. Any suggestions at
> all would be appreciated.
> --
> Will Cicola
> On the highway of life, I'm on a tricycle going in
> circles. And I'm not
> wearing any shoes.

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