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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000372.txt from 2005/04

From: Bill Hausmann <bhausmann1@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Rubber pads
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:23:54 -0400

At 05:11 PM 4/23/2005 +0300, Daniel Fairhead wrote:
>Hi all,
>
>Is there a good reason why rubber (say from an erasor) is
>not used for replacing bits of cork (bumpers?) on clarinet
>keywork? I read that it can contain sulfur which could damage
>silver plating, is this an issue on nickle plated keys?
>And if so, are there certain types of glue which contain
>sulfur and should be avoided too?

One possible explanation is that when rubber deteriorates, it gets
STICKY. I also have found that it is hard to get glue to stick to
rubber. On the other hand, synthetic/plastic bumpers are used on some
student flutes, particularly Yamahas, and there is a sort of plastic foam
that has begun to show up in key cork use lately. Buffet E-11s use a
synthetic cork on keys, but not for tenons.

The most common glues used are shellac, contact cement, and hot glue. All
of them are safe with silver to the best of my knowledge.

Bill Hausmann

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