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 Buffet R13 Barrel, Swelling?
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   2007-09-04 13:41

A very good cl'ist-friend has asked my advice re: his barrel, where the upper ring "seems" to have been forced to a ?half-off? location [1-2 mm], and can't be further loosened-removed by [our] hand-finger efforts. So, to avoid possible repair damage, I felt it wise to ask some of our fine repairers here to advise us. Happily I have a ?very similar? barrel which may serve well for his upcoming concert at our retirement "Village". He is from the Wash. DC area, and would appreciate recommendations for repair services there. Many TKS, Don

Thanx, Mark, Don

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 Re: Buffet R13 Barrel, Swelling?
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2007-09-04 14:42

Hi Don,

Have you got a rawhide mallet to hand? If so, tap the socket ring around the entire circumference until it is back home.

If the ring has come off and been put back on upside down (as is usually the case!), then you will need to remove it. Again using a rawhide mallet and a small piece of hard wood (preferrably a piece of scrap grenadilla, though boxwood or beech will do, or even hard plastic - about 2" x 1/2" x 1/2" or thereabouts), place the wood against the lower edge of the ring (in the gap between the shoulder of the barrel and the ring) and tap it, rotating the barrel to tap it in a different point around the circumference each time to remove it, then turn the ring the right way up and replace it.

It should be a tight fit and therefore it should be difficult to remove and a tight fit to replace. If not, then degrease the inside of the ring and the recess on the barrel, apply a thin and even layer of superglue to the recess and then tap the ring home, making sure it's the right way up before doing so. On Buffets, the rings should have a slight bevel on the inside edge of the lower side - the side that is furthest away from the open end of the socket.

Former oboe finisher
Howarth of London
1998 - 2010

The opinions I express are my own.

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 Re: Buffet R13 Barrel, Swelling?
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   2007-09-04 15:32

Many TKS, Chris, excellent advice IMHO, will copy for John Pearson's use. We have several good WW repairers in Tulsa, we may have Steven McGuire read and do it. Regards, Don

Thanx, Mark, Don

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