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 Unexpected pitch
Author: Philip Caron 
Date:   2018-04-09 01:22

Tonight is the first rehearsal of the season for the community band I play in. I should be ready; I've practiced diligently this past fall, winter, and spring. I cleaned my instrument. I checked tuning.

Today I was doing my own practice early. Part way through I took a short break and went out and strolled around the house. Last night's wind had dropped a few more sticks around the back yard, and there were some pine cones too. The latter always amaze me, since the nearest pine tree is on the other side of the house, across the street, and down a hill. Apparently pine cones possess some aerodynamic virtues, besides being able to bounce and roll well. Nature never ceases to amaze.

Anyway, I picked up all that stuff and tossed it away. Then, all refreshed and reset, I went back and resumed playing.

That . . . . was a mistake. Two keys of my clarinet are now sticky with pine pitch. Sigh, I'll think of something. Cheers!

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 Re: Unexpected pitch
Author: Ken Lagace 
Date:   2018-04-09 01:49

Talcum power if you are in hurry, or rubbing alcohol to clean it.

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 Re: Unexpected pitch
Author: Mrdi 
Date:   2018-04-09 02:20

Alcohol, easy and will not damage anything.

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 Re: Unexpected pitch
Author: Speculator Sam 
Date:   2018-04-09 03:34

I worked at a carwash in the past, I'm very familiar with tree sap. Denatured Alcohol you can find at any hardware store, it's pretty inexpensive for a pint or half gallon. Pour a little on a microfiber towel and rub vigorously; carefully since it's a clarinet of course. That should work.

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 Re: Unexpected pitch
Author: Philip Caron 
Date:   2018-04-09 06:39

Alcohol did the trick. Band rehearsal went pretty well too.

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 Re: Unexpected pitch
Author: Speculator Sam 
Date:   2018-04-10 08:08

LET'S GET A CAKE AND SOME CANDELS! HUZZAH TO PHILIP! *plays a squeaky rendition of Handel's Ontario finale". Actually I have it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icwEd4lgZyk&t=7s

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