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 Stuffy Clarion B
Author: Exiawolf 
Date:   2018-02-05 01:32


I recently got a few pads on my clarinet replaced, one of them being the register key pad. My upper register overall feels a bit stuffy compared to the past, but most apparently on third line B, where I hear much more air than compared to before. Does the thickness of the register key pad effect the sound quality of the clarion register? And if so should I just get a thinner pad?


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 Re: Stuffy Clarion B
Author: Steven Ocone 
Date:   2018-02-05 01:40

To increase the pad height when open:
the cork under the touchpiece can be sanded, or made thinner, the key can be bent, and yes a thinner pad can be installed.

Also, with the key off I bevel the pad to near where the pad seat is. This alone can make a big difference.

Steve Ocone

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 Re: Stuffy Clarion B
Author: Burt 
Date:   2018-02-05 02:00

Try taking off the register key to see whether that solves the problem. If so, then proceed with one of the methods that Steven mentioned.

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 Re: Stuffy Clarion B
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2018-02-05 02:28

And if simply removing the register key doesn't help, take it back to the repairer who did the work and let *him* figure out why it plays stuffier now than before.


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