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 Clarinet Crack?!
Author: J-MB 
Date:   2017-11-29 07:29

how do I know if there is a crack in my clarinet? I don’t know if it is apart of the wood grain of the instrument or if it is indeed a crack, I have a concert Sunday so I would not have time to get it fixed, and have no backup instrument.

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 Re: Clarinet Crack?!
Author: zhangray4 
Date:   2017-11-29 07:47

You need to tell us more specifics. Where is it located? Does your instrument still play normally? Can you post a picture of it?

-- Ray Zhang
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"The point is not to take the world's opinion as a guiding star but to go one's way in life and working unerringly, neither depressed by failure nor seduced by applause."
-- Gustav Mahler

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 Re: Clarinet Crack?!
Author: J-MB 
Date:   2017-11-29 07:51

Located at the bottom of the upper joint, still plays perfectly wel.

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 Re: Clarinet Crack?!
Author: J-MB 
Date:   2017-11-29 07:52
Attachment:  03730225-2835-422D-BC38-A19424B5154B.jpeg (1855k)

I can.

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 Re: Clarinet Crack?!
Author: J-MB 
Date:   2017-11-29 07:53

I am concerned between the 0 and 4 on the serial number.

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 Re: Clarinet Crack?!
Author: zhangray4 
Date:   2017-11-29 08:30

to me that is not a crack. and even if it was one, it would be a very small one that would not affect your playing for your concert Sunday, as the crack does not lead into a hole/key

-- Ray Zhang
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"The point is not to take the world's opinion as a guiding star but to go one's way in life and working unerringly, neither depressed by failure nor seduced by applause."
-- Gustav Mahler

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 Re: Clarinet Crack?!
Author: zhangray4 
Date:   2017-11-29 08:33

I am 95% sure its not a crack, so relax  :)

-- Ray Zhang
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"The point is not to take the world's opinion as a guiding star but to go one's way in life and working unerringly, neither depressed by failure nor seduced by applause."
-- Gustav Mahler

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 Re: Clarinet Crack?!
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2017-11-29 16:58

That's just the grain pattern, so not a cause for concern.

Chris.

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 Re: Clarinet Crack?!
Author: rmk54 
Date:   2017-11-29 17:21

I agree with Chris P, but if you want to be really sure, put a drop of bore oil on it. If it is immediately absorbed into the instrument, then it is a crack.

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 Re: Clarinet Crack?!
Author: TomS 
Date:   2017-11-29 21:09

This is a "check" or open grain ... it's a crack wanna be. Probable will never happen! Just don't subject your instrument to extremes.

I had a new wooden Buffet (1996) that looked like it was gonna crack everywhere and fall apart in pieces. Massive grain. Never happened ... looked the same 20 years later and played just fine.

Relax and enjoy the music.

Tom

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 Re: Clarinet Crack?!
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2017-11-30 02:07

If it was by the upper tenon, then you'd be advised to keep an eye on it.

Chris.

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