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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000133.txt from 2004/08

From: "Lelia Loban" <>
Subj: [kl] Suggestions?? - very out of tune A clarinet.
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2004 07:26:19 -0400

Walter Grabner wrote,
> In this case, it looks like there is a problem in
>the bore of the instrument. A more correct solution
>might be some kind of liner in the bore.

For an easily-reversed way to check this theory, see if your local craft
supply or fabric store sells a flexible sheet of a cushioning product made
of plastic. I've discarded the packaging and forgotten the brand name, but
the place to find it is in the same display with the pre-cut felt squares.
The surface is non-porous and the product is available in several
thicknesses (the one I've got is 1/16", which I think was "medium"). Since
it can be sanded and cut with scissors, you could use it to model the
necessary changes, and retain the modelling after you remove the plastic
from the bore.

For temporarily lining a clarinet, *don't* get the sticky-backed version,
designed for making custom-shaped protective pads for the feet of objects
that might otherwise mar the floor or furniture. The glue on the
sticky-backed vinyl is powerful stuff, intended for permanent application.
It sticks tight on contact. Peeling it off of a flat, exposed surface is
difficult, leaves sticky residue behind on strong surfaces such as metal,
and can peel up a layer of a vulnerable surface such as wood. Prying it
out of the inside of a clarinet -- I don't even want to think about it.
Instead, you could buy the un-sticky version, and apply it with a weak,
water-soluble adhesive such as flour-and-water paste, made with just enough
flour for weak tacking, that might hold long enough to reveal whether
lining the bore will help.

Lelia Loban
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