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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000453.txt from 2004/08

From: "Film & Music Promotion Management" <>
Subj: [kl] Pad Saver useage
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 18:22:41 -0400

Hi Leila! Here's the thing about the pad savers (I don't use them at
all, but there is a proper way to use em!):

They are only (ONLY ) for a dry bore. Not a wet bore as using it on a
wet bore is comparable to putting a wet t-shirt on for it to dry on
your body (improper thoughts be gone!!!!! ;)

So if the bore is dry, it will do it's job (supposedly) of expanding
the fluff and wicking away the pad moisture.

David Blumberg

"Lelia Loban" <>
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 16:53:08 -0400

In response to Mary Keffer's question, Bill Hausmann wrote,
>As was discussed on the list just recently
>(check the archives), an overly cool pit
>environment dramatically increases the rate
>of condensation in the bore and, subsequently,
>causes the havoc you are experiencing. You
>will probably just have to swab frequently to
>keep it under control. As you surmise, it is not
>"spit" at all, but water condensing out of your

I'm an amateur, but fwiw, here's how I swab out excess moisture when I
don't want to interrupt playing to take off the mouthpiece. I bought
of those notorious "Pad Saver" gadgets that clarinet and sax players
nickname, "Pad Wrecker." It's like a soft bottle brush without a
or the Giant Pipe Cleaner from Mars. The manufacturer says to stick
it up
the clarinet and leave it there while the clarinet is in the case, but
nobody with any sense does that, because little fluffy bits come off,
to the register key tube, gunk up the bore, etc.. Ignoring the
manufacturer's directions, I took some old flannel that's been washed
enough so that no more lint will come out of it (the tattered old
shirt or nightgown that's destined to be cut up for dust rags anyway
do fine) and sewed a long, rectangular piece into a tube like a giant
condom (sorry, but...) that fits *loosely* over the Pad Saver. I
the flannel tube over the Pad Saver and sewed the open end shut. Now
got a bore swab that I can grab and use quickly from the bell upwards,
without taking off the mouthpiece and without leaving any crud behind.
It's important for the flannel to fit loosely so that the little
bits can move around freely inside. That way, the Pad Saver maneuvers
around the register tube easily and investigates the nooks and
crannies of
the tone hole openings. However, the flannel shouldn't be loose
enough to
bunch up.

Lelia Loban
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