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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000403.txt from 2003/06

From: Nancy Buckman <>
Subj: [kl] Needle springs
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2003 03:25:07 -0400

On the subject of needle springs, I was taught to spring all flutes with
softer metal than needle springs are made of. As I thought about my
statement of flutes not having needle springs (like the ones on clarinets
and saxes), I wanted to know exactly why that was so. In looking on the
net, I came across this site,, which uses
magnets for key movement instead of springs. While I haven't answered my
own question of why needle springs aren't commonly used, I thought someone
might be interested in reading about this flute.


Nancy Buckman
Principal Clarinet / Orchestra AACC

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