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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000251.txt from 2002/05

Subj: Re: [kl] Pinky key improvements?
Date: Fri, 10 May 2002 13:14:36 -0400

Claudia Zornow says (Hi Claudia!):

<<A clarinetist friend of mine has short pinkies which occasionally "lock up" and, as a result, he has some trouble with passages that use the right-hand pinky keys a lot. He wonders if any work has been done with modifying these keys, perhaps adding extensions, and where one might find places where such work is done.>>

Interesting that Claudia brought this up at this time. I had an e-mail yesterday, asking if I did any Pinky key extension work (hi Mike! no I haven't, yet!)

Also, I did some work on a clarinet, where I routinely MISS the left hand C/F key. This is the key that I have the most trouble with on my own clarinets (is it the key, or my left pinky?)

What I am planning to do on my Bb/A is to build up the surface of the C/F lever 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch with cocrk, and see if my accuracy gets better.

Has anyone else out there done this, and if so, how were the results?

In terms of other solutions, such as soldering different tpyes of key surfaces, I think many of us would be interested.

Walter Grabner
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