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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000094.txt from 2004/08

From: "C.Talbot" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Silva-Bet pads with bolts
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 13:02:18 -0400

If you want the interior of the case to be close to the original, look for
cotton velvet.


On 04.08.2004 at 07:34:54, Noel Taylor <> wrote:

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lelia Loban []
> Sent: 03 August 2004 21:10
> To:
> Subject: [kl] Silva-Bet pads with bolts
> Recently, I bought a full-Boehm H. Bettoney Silva-Bet Bb clarinet (probably
> from the1930s). It's a metal clarinet with silver plating, similar to my
> other Silva-Bet except for the extended range and a curious set of pads.
> The clarinet is in unplayable condition, but there's no damage: It just
> needs a full overhaul. My question is about what type of pads I should
> install.
> <SNIP>
> I recently bought a Silver King and it needed a complete overhaul. It also
> had a mixture of leather and 'fishskin' pads - but I don't think any of them
> were original. None of them had metal resonators. The repair man I used said
> that metal clarinets should have leather pads (although I'm not sure he'd
> ever worked on one before this one). The Silver King has an articulated G#
> at the linkage and I found, after the repad, that this was sticking
> sometimes - so he put a 'fishskin' pad on that one key, and it plays very
> well indeed now.
> I would love to compare it with a Silver Bet...I believe (from the archives)
> that you have had a Silver King in the past. The fabric of the interior of
> my case is also in very poor condition after years of contact with the metal
> - I'd like to refurbish it but I'm not sure where to get a suitable fabric
> (or would any old furnishing velour do the job?)
> Noel
> Noel Taylor
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