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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000387.txt from 2005/04

From: "Keith" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Rubber pads
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2005 17:46:45 -0400

The outstanding instruments that Steve Fox produces all use self-adhesive
suede leather spacers (for cork strips). He said to me once that if everyone
used those materials (and Valentino pads) they'd all be as good as him
(Ha!). I have two soprano clarinets, an eefer and a basset horn done by him
(the sopranos were overhauls, the others new instruments), up to five years
ago, and not one pad or suede strip has needed the slightest attention in
that time.

Keith Bowen

> Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2005 19:15:55 -0400
> To: <>
> From: "Wes Kilpatrick" <>
> Subject: Re: [kl] Rubber pads
> Message-ID: <005201c5485a$673f8600$01fea8c0@Main>
> I am a repair tech and one of the reasons that I can see that
> rubber should not be used is based on the degree of hardness.
> Over the years I have experimented with cork, composition
> corks, synthetic cork and different felt material. One of the
> things that brings me back to cork is the "feel" of the
> material. Also cork is so much easier to work with. It is
> very durable, cuts easily and is sandable to give a proper
> fit. Additionally, I have tried to use rubber type corks on
> flute trill keys and the main problem that I find is that it
> is difficult to find a good glue that will hold it in place
> for the long haul but still be able to be easily removed. I
> have serviced quite a few instruments with the Valentino type
> synthetic cork and the same problem exists. The double stick
> tape doesn't hold for a long time and replacing missing
> silencers is a very common repair. All in all it is just
> difficult to beat what good old Ma Nature gives us!!

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