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 Banding Crack Repair
Date:   2019-05-02 21:57
Attachment:  CLarinet crack.jpg (44k)

Does anybody have experience repairing cracks in clarinets using banding?

Do you do anything to the crack itself, or only install the bands to keep the crack tightly closed?

The crack on the clarinet I am about to repair starts at the top of the top joint and extends down to the chalumeau keys (about as low as the first-ring pad; the crack does not go through any tone holes). Because of the closeness of those tone holes, there isn't any good position to install a band around the bottom half of this crack.

Will banding still be an effective repair if the lowest band I install is just above the side Bb hole?

In the photo, the red lines represent the length of the crack, and the yellow lines represent approximate band positions.

Also, will fishing line work effectively, or should I acquire carbon tow or ribbon? I don't care about the aesthetics of this clarinet...only playability.

I have experience in instrument repair, but I have never banded a wood instrument.

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TEEEJAAA 2019-05-02 21:57 
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