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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000425.txt from 2003/06

From: Nancy Buckman <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Needle Springs
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2003 04:30:31 -0400

At 10:40 AM 6/13/2003 -0500, you wrote:
> >First, Nancy, your cite to Matit Flutes is almost a non sequitur.

>> I only meant it as an interesting aside.

> >This doesn't, I'm sorry to say, apply to the flutes played by most high
>school students. It certainly doesn't apply to a 30-year-old Armstrong
>student line flute. They may be of a different tensil strength than
>what is used for clarinets. That, I don't know, but they can still stick
>through your finger.

>>As I said, I spoke a little too soon. I was trained to not use needle
springs on flutes. That doesn't mean that they can't be used though. In
the shop where I worked and trained, we used an alternative (stainless
steel, copper, etc.). When using needle springs though, there is nothing
wrong with snipping the point off so you don't prick yourself. I've done
that on clarinets and saxes many times, especially for student instruments.


Nancy Buckman
Principal Clarinet / Orchestra AACC

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