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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000138.txt from 2010/12

From: "Bill Hausmann" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] barrel question
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2010 00:01:58 -0500

Yes, it is not hard to shim it yourself with a strip of paper. Or I have
also seen a method where you put a piece of cheesecloth over the end of the
joint, tap the ring down over it and cut away all the excess. I think the
paper method is better, and you can control how much tightening by how long
a strip you use, and how thick the paper.

Bill Hausmann

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!

> -----Original Message-----
> From: David B. Niethamer
> Subject: Re: [kl] barrel question
> 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
> 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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