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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000539.txt from 2002/06

From: "Lacy, Edwin" <el2@-----.edu>
Subj: RE: [kl] Key rods on old Albert
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002 09:48:19 -0400

From: LeliaLoban@-----.com

<<<My other question has to do with the rods. They don't have screw heads.
Instead, the rod itself is bent at a right-angle where it emerges from the
key post. If possible, I'd like a good educated guess as to whether I can
expect these rods to have threaded screw ends, before I try to remove the
rods to do the repadding and oiling.>>>

If they are anything like similar rods on older bassoons and other woodwind
instruments, the rods won't be threaded. Rather, they are held in place
only by friction. Just grasp the end of the rod with pliers and pull it
straight out, turning slightly at the same time to make it easier to remove.
This type of rod has a disadvantage and an advantage. They may tend to work
themselves out of the key, but if they do, it's easy to just push them back
in.

Ed Lacy
University of Evansville

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