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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000143.txt from 2004/08

From: Tim Roberts <>
Subj: [kl] Care of Leather Pads?
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2004 16:46:40 -0400

On Thu, 5 Aug 2004 08:20:17 -0500 "Christy Erickson"
<> wrote:

>I've been wondering if there are any special care or maintenance
>instructions for an instrument with leather pads. When I think about
>leather, I think about the "dry, cracked and crinkly" quality that comes
>with age on leather furniture, for example.

Are you sure you mean leather here, and not naugahyde?

>I also think about leather
>shoes that harden when they get wet. Am I correct in thinking that leather
>pads will dry out over time, especially if the instrument is not used
>regularly or are they treated before application to preserve them somehow?

It's worth noting that the original equipment manufacturers (that is,
cows) wear their leather coats regularly in ALL kinds of weather, wet
and dry, without significant adverse affects.
- Tim Roberts,
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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