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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000141.txt from 2004/08

Subj: Re: [kl] Silva-Bet pads with bolts
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2004 15:12:20 -0400

In a message dated 8/6/2004 1:33:36 PM Central Daylight Time, writes:
It has four different kinds of pads - cork,
bladder, Valentino and white leather - depending on which tone hole is
covered. (The white leather is used for the big holes on the bottom joint).

I found this post very interesting. In the past four or five years I have
mixed pad types several times on clarinets, depending on the need to solve a
specific problem.

For example, I used white leather pads on the lower four tone holes on a 50
year old clarinet. Nothing else, bladder or Valentino seemed to do the job.

In other cases, I have used a Valentino pad where nothing else has been able
to do the job.

I think that in many cases we all suffer from "linear" or "limited"
thinking, expecting ONE solution to solve all out problems.

I like the kind of thinking exhibited above. Use the pad that WORKS in the
specific situation.

Walter Grabner
World-class clarinet mouthpieces

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