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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000171.txt from 2004/08

From: "Dee D. Flint" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] green dirt magnet...was, Material influence on sound
Date: Sat, 7 Aug 2004 11:43:50 -0400

----- Original Message -----
From: "Sue Raycraft" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, August 07, 2004 11:35 AM
Subject: [kl] green dirt magnet...was, Material influence on sound

> Dee D. Flint wrote,
> > Store it in its closed case when it is not in use and it may
> > never turn green. Store it on a peg in a well lit room and it
> > may turn green (or brown) within a few years.
> Okay, so mine is stored in it's case, inside a case cover, in
> a closet where the temperature stays fairly moderate.
> I play it maybe once a week.
> How about this "electrically charged" thing Richard Bush mentioned
> awhile back? Is my clarinet going to become a dirt magnet right
> away, or would that depend on certain circumstances also?
> Like if I comb my hair with it too often? ;-)
> (Sorry Richard, I love ya but I couldn't help it.) But seriously,
> how does this happen, and how long would it take? Or is it just
> something that happens more on some horns than others,
> depending on......?
> Sue

Well all I can offer is this anecdote. I won a hard rubber clarinet on eBay
that had been stored on a peg, fully assembled, in a well lit room for who
knows how long. The entire instrument, including the mouthpiece, and turned
brown on the outside. The inside was still black. The mouthpiece under the
ligature was still black. It seems to take only a little protection to
prevent the color change.

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