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 Bass Clarinet Register Tube Leaking
Author: RefacerMan 
Date:   2019-03-06 05:59

A friend of mine owns a beautiful Selmer low E-flat bass clarinet made in 1949. Gorgeous wood and wonderful condition except that the lower register tube is leaking where it meets the wooden body of the instrument. We put bees wax around the outside of the tube to help fix the leak. My question is what holds the register tube in the body of the instrument. Is it press fit like the register tube on buffet soprano clarinets or is it glued in? What would be the best way to seal it? I was thinking about putting more bees wax around the outside of the tube and then slightly heating the tube itself so the wax would seep between the tube and the hole it is in. What would you have to do to remove the tube? Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.

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 Re: Bass Clarinet Register Tube Leaking
Author: Steven Ocone 2017
Date:   2019-03-06 17:17
Attachment:  s-l225.jpg (5k)

Register tubes can be screwed in or more often just pressed in. I can't offer advice as to your model The pressed in ones are often put in with shellac which makes them easy to remove. Because shellac is brittle it looses it's grip after a while.
I usually use beeswax and heat to install and seal register tubes. For heat I use a soldering gun with the tip cut off and apply the tips to the tube to complete the electrical circuit. I'm not at work so I'll post a photo of a gun without the end of the tip cut off.

Steven Ocone
Ann & Steve's Music

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