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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000136.txt from 2010/12

From: "David B. Niethamer" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] barrel question
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 22:36:52 -0500

On Dec 21, 2010, at 8:11 PM, Bill Hausmann wrote:

> YES! The ring reinforces the barrel to keep the thin, weak sockets from
> breaking. Get thee to a repair tech. He will either shrink the ring to
> fit, or, less good, shim it to be tight. DO NOT try to glue it!
That "charlatan" (this is a joke, for the humor impaired!) of the repair business, Hans Moennig, regularly shimmed loose barrel rings, using strips of paper from the telephone directory. He once repaired a ring for me that had been shrunk by a local repair tech, and advised me not to allow that to happen again. He even showed me how to do the shim work myself, and if properly done, it's a good solution. The danger of shrinking the ring is that once the weather warms up and the humidity expands the wood, the socket can get stuck on its tenon and become difficult to disassemble.


David B. Niethamer

Clarinets, like lawyers, have cases, mouthpieces, and they need a constant supply of hot air in order to function. (Victor Borge)

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