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 Ridenour 147 Bass
Author: blazian 
Date:   2007-09-21 02:46

I have a few questions concerning the Ridenour 147 low C bass clarinet.

First of all, does anybody have any problems with the register keys and vents? Mine (actually my school's) has a leak at the neck vent and I don't know what I can do about it besides take it to a repair shop. It seems that the key is actually too long and is overshooting the hole. This leaves the vent not centered on the pad.

Secondly, the C#/G# key gets in the way of my LH 3 when playing C or G. It's too close to the C/G key and too high up (higher than the pinky E/B). I don't know if it's bent or just not placed well.

Third, can the bell be put on straight without missing the low C lever? When I turn it so that it faces forward, it is already off of the lever. If I put it within a cm of the edge of the lever it will come off.

Fourth and finally, the lower the notes are played, the more keys rattle. I suspect that it is the throat keys, the side trill keys, and the C#/G# key (yes, ANOTHER problem with it). Is there an easy way to solve this problem?

Seeing that this is a school instrument, I can't do all the things I'd like to do with it like bend keys or reseat pads or anything like that.

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 Re: Ridenour 147 Bass
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   2007-09-23 13:35

Hi Blazian - I had a bit of experience with these early plastic bass cls, finding some faults like those you describe. I believe that most faults have now been corrected in the newer models, so my [and other's] advice would be "take it {or have it taken} to an experienced B C repairer-tech", rather than trying to adjust keys yourself. Could it be returned to Ridenour for correction ?? A further Search here might help. Luck, Don

Thanx, Mark, Don

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