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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000398.txt from 2002/06

Subj: Re: [kl] pad question
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2002 15:54:34 -0400

In a message dated Thu, 13 Jun 2002 10:41:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time, JEDISUSHI writes:

<< If you're going to repad, I would suggest going straight to cork on the upper joint. Most cloth pads that are stock on the instruments from the factories are really quite bad. When crafted well, cork seals perferectly without deteriorating for many years.>>

Another good alternative is the Valentino pad. I have them all over my personal clarinets now. They seal tight and seem to last forever. Since they are made from a synthetic material, water in the tone hole does not affect the pad in any way.

I am also pleased with effect on the tone quality. Less muffled than a skin/felt pad, but not bright either.

Valentino has a "synthetic cork" pad available now, as well. I haven't tried them yet, but I would bet we will see them on a lot of clarinets in the future.

Walter Grabner
mouthpieces, repairs, restorations


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