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 Re: Why Did My Clarinet Stop Working Midway Through Concert?
Author: bmcgar 2017
Date:   2018-04-23 20:15

Re. Ed Palanker's post about the A key screw. Right on, and the first thing to look for!

There have been at least a dozen times when people have come to me panicked after trying to warm up before a concert saying that their clarinets all of a sudden won't play, and it's turned out that that screw on the Ab key was turned in too far, not leaving a little gap between the A and Ab "linkage."

Some people have turned the screw in thinking it should be tight against the A key, not realizing that this gap should be there. Then, when the pad on the A key expands during warm up, it pushes up the Ab key and creates a leak. Others simply don't have enough of a gap there, and the same thing happens, especially in humid, warm conditions.

You can't imagine the glee I have when I take their horns, turn around so they can't see what I'm doing, back off on the screw, and hand back a clarinet that plays. ABRACADABRA! Magic!

(Yeah, I let them know what I did when the amazement wears off.)

B.



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