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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000341.txt from 2003/06

From: "Raycraft" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Needle springs...
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2003 13:27:58 -0400

> I used to play a bari sax that had a needle spring that projected about
> beyond the post it connected to -- if I grabbed the horn in such a way
> my fingers slid under that post, I could count on having about 1/8" of
> needle jabbed in my finger. Happened about every 3 months...

I have an old 12-key clarinet in "C", which is in dire need of an overhaul,
by the way, and someone years ago used a sewing needle to replace
a spring. It sticks out almost an inch beyond the post, and it looks
pretty funny to see the top half of a sewing needle sticking
out on a clarinet.....of course it doesn't have much "spring" to it anymore.
I wonder if it ever DID work properly that way.

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