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 thread wrapping tenons
Author: BobD 
Date:   2003-03-25 23:18

The recent post re tenons made me dare to post regarding thread wrapping. Yes, I know there's lots of search references herein.
Nevertheless, I recently removed the cork from a tenon that had a cap which was loose. This particular horn plays flat until I use a barrel that is quite short. When I removed the cork I noticed a fine crack in the tenon area that extended beyond that area. The thought occurred to me that wrapping with thread rather than using cork would help to prevent the crack opening further due to hoop stress afforded by the string. Personally, I don't find string/thread wrapping of tenons a chore and ......if in fact the string wrap helps the cracking situation why isn't it more popular? If a tenon cap is added after a horn has been in service is it normal procedure to remove material from the end of the tenon equal to the thickness of the tenon cap thickness to prevent the horn from playing flat?

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