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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000493.txt from 2003/10

Subj: Re: [kl] Stuck Barrel
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2003 12:17:31 -0400


Does "Everybody I go to" include an experienced tech in a well equipped
shop? I've never had one stuck that long. Usually, if I swab the clarinet
completely and leave it alone until the next day, I can get a stuck barrel
loose with slight (be very careful, or you'll end up with a broken tenon)
rocking of the barrel to loosen the grip. If that doesn't do it, you need
professional tech help.

Once you get it unstuck, don't put the barrel back on until something's been done to eliminate the cause of the problem - usually the tenon wood has
swollen slightly from moisture and/or heat. In this case either the tenon's
end or its seat (where the main body of the clarinet starts) or both need to
be slightly reduced or the socket of the barrel needs to be slighly

Or you could buy a case made to hold a one-piece barrel/top joint
combination. :-)

Karl Krelove

> I have a year old Buffet, and the barrel on my clarinet is completely stuck
> to the middle joint. Everybody I go to can't seem to get it off and it's
> been stuck now for two weeks. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I
> can get it off without wrecking the clarinet?
> Chantelle

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