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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000169.txt from 2008/05

From: clarni bass <clarnibass@-----.com>
Subj: RE: [kl] bass clarinet repair/adjustment - P.S.
Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 12:22:46 -0400

Just to remind I am talking about the Buffet 1193 and
1183 bass clarinets. Other bass clarinets may be
different.

Yes, I enlarged the neck register tube hole, but the
question is how much. Very small increments have a big
effect, so it is not so simple.

I removed the original tube, and made and put a new
much bigger threaded tube. Then I made threaded tubes
to fit in several sizes so I can try. There are some
big and some small differences between each size and
each has its own compromises. The original tube has a
3mm hole. I chose a 3.5mm hole as the best. The
compromise is mostly between upper clarion (E to C)
and (mostly lower) altisimo, with some very specific
differences and compromises.

Someone could simply enlarge the hole but maybe they
won't prefer the bigger hole (though I doubt it, at
least a little bigger). The original Buffet tube can
be enlarged to 3.4mm and maybe in some cases 3.5mm
because of the wall thickness. The soldering can break
from drilling, so be aware that this could happen.
Only drill by hand!

Recently another local player came to see if he wants
to enlarge the hole on his bass clarinet. He said it
was especially good to be able to try all the sizes
and compare, so that's obiously an advantage. But if
someone decides to enlarge the original hole (which is
what I've done at first) then it's not the end of the
world and it's possible to reduce the size again.

I hope this helps.

Nitai

--- Blake Arrington <klarinetteman@-----.com> wrote:

>
> Nitai,
>
> What modification did you have done to the neck
> register tube? Did you have it enlarged?
>
> Thanks,
>
>
> J. Blake Arrington
> Clarinetist, The United States Air Force Band
>
> ----------------------------------------
> > Date: Mon, 26 May 2008 22:45:00 -0700
> > From: clarnibass@-----.com
> > To: klarinet@-----.org
> > Subject: Re: [kl] bass clarinet repair/adjustment
> - P.S.
> >
> > One more thing. When your problem is fixed, can
> you
> > please check this: Play low A, loud, then press
> the
> > register key to play the clarion E. Make sure you
> are
> > playing this interval legato! Actually try this
> with
> > several of the same interval Bb-F, B-F#, C-G, etc.
> > both loud and quiet and both slow and fast.
> Especially
> > for the A to E interval, do you notice too much
> "air"
> > (like a "pfff" sound) when you jump to the E, and
> also
> > possibly the E stalls a little bit? For example
> > compare this to the legato interval G to D which
> uses
> > the body register key. If you do notice that, the
> same
> > as I and other players like Jean Marc Volta and
> Hary
> > Sparnaay have, there is a solution to this too by
> > modifying the neck register tube.
> >
> > Nitai
> >
> >
> >
> > --- Peter Stoll wrote:
> >
> >> Hi folks,
> >> Periodically I'm faced with either my own bass or
> a
> >> student's developing a problem with the
> >> register/octave key mechanism. I play a Buffet
> >> Prestige low C Mark 2, with the 3 low D's. The
> >> problem is a tiny bit of play with the octave pad
> >> that's on the clarinet body (vs.the one on the
> >> neck). For instance, when I play a D just under
> the
> >> staff (2 fingers) that pad sits very firmly
> against
> >> the metal tone-hole. But when I add the register
> key
> >> to go up to A3, there's a tiny movement of the
> pad
> >> away from the seat.
> >> I wonder if it has to do with the "compensating
> >> lever" you find on this level of bass; try as I
> >> might I can't find the 'cure' for this, although
> >> making sure the screws around the register
> mechanism
> >> are tight helps. I've always had the sense that
> it's
> >> probably a lot simpler than I imagine, but so far
> no
> >> luck.
> >> Of course I have 2 chamber shows the next
> >> 2 evenings, and this has come back today with our
> >> sudden local 'heat wave' here in Toronto.
> >> Clark/Walter anyone have any ideas?
> >> Thanks a lot,
> >>
> >> Peter Stoll
> >>
> >> NEW WEBSITE! www.peterstoll.ca
> >>
> >> Instructor of Clarinet and Chamber Music,
> >> University of Toronto
> >>
> >> Acting Principal Clarinetist,
> >> Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra
> >>
> >> Clarinetist, Saxophonist
> >> Talisker Players
> >> Trio d'Argento
> >> Grand Salon Orchestra
> >> ERGO Ensemble
> >>
> >> National College of Examiners,
> >> Royal Conservatory of Music
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >
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> >
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