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 Re: Liquid accumulation under pads
Author: Bob Bernardo 
Date:   2019-11-09 13:46

I've been on this forum for a few years, maybe more. This is the first I've heard about this model clarinet causing water issues. Your response from Backum sounds typical! They are not great at helping people. I was tempted to buy a set of horns several years ago, but I when talking to Morrie he blew me off and I guess I wasn't a good enough player in his ideals. He lost out in $23,000! I then got sponsored by Yamaha. Whenever I need something from Yamaha they are right there helping me. A different barrel with a special taper, well no problem. A few notes are just off a bit, no problem, they fix the horn! They fix their horns with extreme knowledge. No they aren't perfect, but close. Let's face it no clarinets lately are perfect, but some are surely better than others.

I think you are dealing with a respect issue. Like me, maybe we aren't famous enough for Backun!

I think I would call them back and ask them to look at your horn. Send it in. Give them another chance. If you don't have any luck well try another company. Sadly Yamaha has raised their prices a bit and at the same time Backun seems to continue to anger his prize players such as Ricardo with Philly and of course partner issues with the great Julian Bliss. They haven't talked in years. Ricardo and Julian are super nice people. I know them and like them a lot.

Maybe the horn has a warp in it causing the condensation; water to slide around the warped area and this error leads to keys bothering you. By the way, no you should have to wipe the bore every few minutes. That's just nuts.

I have seen when a pad or 2 leak moisture can flow into the leaking pad holes. This makes sense if we think about it. The water is pushed out to where the air leaks; the water follows the air flow. One of the reasons why I still like cork pads, they seal for years and years.

I get tired of items being defective. Buffet cannot seal a pad so their horns leak and as players we need to have the NEW horn repaired! Usually around $500 to $1200 for tuning and pad replacements. Why not make a horn right the first time? Why are some notes dead on Buffets? I just bought a BBQ costing $1300. I had to assemble it. But within 3 minutes of opening the box I said to myself I'm not doing this. It's a 5 hour job. I took it back because the directions were horrible and there were 92 screws and nuts to be screwed in. Yes 92 and they were of course all different sizes. Directions were in Chinese. Why not just assemble it and ship it in a good box? All you have to do is light the BBQ and your are cooking, within 5 minutes. Why is Backun blowing you off? It's time to stand up and tell Backun to fix his darn horn or tell him to buy it back, since he's too lazy to look at it and since he thinks it is you with the problem. He has the problem. Same should happen to Buffet. Since the horns leak so badly send them back until they can hold a seal of 30 seconds.

I don't think it is you with water issues. The horn sucks and they need to take pride and fix it. As players we just want decent horns which work all of the time, including the first time.


Designer of - Vintage 1940 Cicero Mouthpieces and the La Vecchia mouthpieces


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