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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000248.txt from 2005/05

From: Fred Jacobowitz <>
Subj: Re: [kl] buffet repair problem/puzzle--long post
Date: Sat, 14 May 2005 13:49:40 -0400

My eefer (a Buffet RC) has the same problem but on a hi C#. If you
figure out your problem let me know and I'll see if the solution is
applicable to mine.

Fred Jacobowitz

Kol Haruach Klezmer Band
Ebony and Ivory Duo
On May 14, 2005, at 1:39 AM, Dave Gilbert wrote:

> Help...this has us puzzled;
> On a late 1970's vintage buffet Bb, which had a crack in the tenon
> socket at the top of the lower joint which extended into the first tone
> hole ( pad that closes with F/Bb.
> This crack having been repaired by a top rate firm from upstate N.Y.,
> who responded to a posting on this list.
> The tenon socket has been fitted with a carbon fiber /epoxy band hidden
> under the metal tenon socket ring.
> The tone hole has been repaired and resurfaced and looks perfect.
> Fresh
> pads(appear to be gortex) on lower and cork upper ( other than bridge
> key pad on upper which is also goretex).
> This clarinet is sealed very well and draws and holds a good strong
> vacuum on both lower and upper joints. The bridge keys are properly
> adjusted and i get the same result even when rotating one joint so that
> the bridge does not connect at all.
> THE PROBLEM: top staff F# is very clear and plays with wonderful
> projection. The same is true for chromatic fingering of the same F#.
> F natural (one half step lower) plays like .....%**&*^%$#%#$. Well
> you get the idea. The note is stuffy ,resistant and sometimes hissy,
> and does not project , We have tried opening the relevant tone holes
> slightly ( no improvement ) have re-seated the pad on first tone hole
> -lower joint...inspected and re-inspected the lower joint ,,,it looks
> fine
> The same air pressure and support that yield a great F#..... yield a
> lousy F natural. The notes immed below the F natural are also
> resistant and harder to play. NONE of this is true in the lower
> register where the same fingered B natural and Bb both play fine as do
> the rest of the notes below.
> This clar has been to a few different repair people in an attempt to
> diagnose the problem... all have found no obvious defect.
> Any suggestions from the group would be appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Dave G.
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