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 O Rings on Yamaha 221II
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2017-09-08 19:20

I played a demo concert at a local middle school this morning and asked the teacher if she had a bass clarinet for me to show (I didn't want to lug my own along with a clarinet and alto sax) when I mentioned the larger instrument during the clarinet portion of the demonstration. She got out a Yamaha 221II. I was surprised to see that the bell tenon had O rings instead of cork. Then, when I later disassembled the instrument I realized that, although there was a cork on the middle tenon, it also had two O rings.

This is the only instance other than in pictures of Brad Behn's mouthpieces that I've seen O rings around tenons instead of cork. Since the middle joint had O rings and cork, was the cork installed at the factory or did someone add it later because the joint wasn't stable enough with only the O rings?


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 Re: O Rings on Yamaha 221II
Author: Ed 
Date:   2017-09-08 20:17

The Yamaha has had those for years

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 Re: O Rings on Yamaha 221II
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2017-09-08 20:41

Yeah, both cork and O rings are standard on them.


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 Re: O Rings on Yamaha 221II
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2017-09-09 07:55

If there's cork on the middle joint, what do the O rings accomplish?


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 Re: O Rings on Yamaha 221II
Author: Mojo 
Date:   2017-09-10 18:37

My Bay mouthpiece also has O- rings.
Mojo Mouthpiece Work LLC

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 Re: O Rings on Yamaha 221II
Author: Micke Isotalo 2017
Date:   2017-09-10 21:22

Also Maxton mouthpieces from Austria has O-rings, but no cork :-)

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