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 Clarinet Disassembly/Assembly
Author: Steve Alkire 
Date:   1999-10-03 14:28

The section on Cleaning in this site casually advises to remove all keywork before cleaning the wood. I'd like to do this with the clarinet that I'm reconditioning, but I have to admit that it's a little daunting, never having completely dissabled one before. A good diagram or set of instructions would be helpful. Is anything like this available on the web? Is it fairly intuitive once one gets into it? The article on Pad Replacement looks great, but doesn't into assembly. I'm good mechanically, but it's always good to help. Thanks, Steve

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 RE: Clarinet Disassembly/Assembly
Author: Mark Charette 
Date:   1999-10-03 15:03

I've disassembled/reassembled a few clarinets. A few pointers:
1) Have a block of styrofoam & some paper handy. Document which screw goes into which key or you'll have a heck of a time later. Push the screw through the paper & into the styrofoam (not a good description, but hopefully you get my drift).
2) Take off the obvious (easy to remove) keys first - the other keys will then become easier to remove. Document the order you took them off. Reverse the order on re-assembly.
3) Either buy or make a "spring hook tool". I ground a "V" into an old jeweler's screwdriver blade. You'll need this to push the wire springs back into place when you're re-assembling.
4) Do _one joint_ at a time. Less stuff to worry about!

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 RE: Clarinet Disassembly/Assembly
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   1999-10-03 18:15

Probably experience is the best teacher, it has been mine, plus observation of how friendly pro-repairpersons do it. A number of BB-ers have suggested getting a cl nearing the junker stage and "just do it". As to keeping track of the screws and rods, I return them to their proper location and clean around them as needed. There is an order of disassembly and assembly [with oiling] which becomes evident re: efficiency considerations, and is different for differing sizes and makes of clar's, saxes are another story! Mark's suggestions are good, anyone with manual dexterity will develop his/her own techniques. Most of the cl books I have dont really discuss repair, I do recall older booklets, LeBlanc [others?] giving helps. Prob Ferrees and others have repair manuals. Have fun, Don

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 RE: Clarinet Disassembly/Assembly
Author: Dee 
Date:   1999-10-03 18:20

As Don has said, everyone develops their own technique. Here is what I do. I only do one joint at a time for starters and begin by laying a towel on the table so things don't roll around. As I take each key off, I lay it on the towel in the pattern that matches where it went on the clarinet. Each screw is inserted in the key it goes with. Then comes all the cleaning, polishing, and new pads. Finally I reassemble in the reverse order that I took it apart.

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 RE: Clarinet Disassembly/Assembly
Author: shane 
Date:   1999-10-04 00:51

I saw on under clarinets a 'poster of a clarinet' suitable for framing and it is a blowup of all the parts if there is not one on it today check again in a few days i've seen it advertised several times.Maybe that will help.

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 RE: Clarinet Disassembly/Assembly
Author: Hiroshi 
Date:   1999-10-04 06:00

Additional experince of mine:
1)Before re-screw,each screw should be cleaned and oiled with clock oil or other key oil to avoid its rusting by sweat or other on our finger tips.
2)Buffet started for some of their models to use pivot screws for self centering purpose. They seem to have conical shapes and springs. Springs may be easy to lose.
3)When I was a boy, I disassembled my clarinets quite often.I found a big problem is needle springs.If I took too much force to get them to hook,their shapes easily became deformed and key balances changed badly. The special tool Mark refered seems a must.
4)Longer shaft keys(in the lower joint) are more difficult to re-screw when they penetrate some key/pad springed.
5)I oiled inside of my clarinet (twice) without disassembling it and had no problem.I used my soprano sax swab(smaller than for clarinet) with very small amount of almond oil. (It may be safer to insert oil resitant paper between closed pads(trill keys) and their holes.I even oiled its outside surface using painting brush.

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 RE: Clarinet Disassembly/Assembly
Author: Merry 
Date:   1999-10-05 02:55

Just give it a go, if you are careful and don't force anything you shouldn't have any problems. I have removed the keys on my clarinet several times without difficulty and I don't have a mechanical bone in my body.

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 Thanks Everyone! (nm)
Author: Steve Alkire 
Date:   1999-10-05 11:22


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