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 need a sourse for inexpensive barrel reamer
Author: m1964 
Date:   2020-03-30 06:17

I just finished fixing an Evette- changed all pads, tenon corks, some key corks, fixed a couple of chipped tone holes.
After re- assembly I got my MP and found out that it would not go into the barrel.
The inside surface of the barrel socket feels uneven/ rough and is definitely too small for my B45.
The barrel had rings loose, I reinforced them with saran wrap. Rings went back without much effort- I just pressed the rings against the table after putting saran wrap over the barrel end.
I would not hesitate going to a pro to have barrel reamed but I am not sure if it's a good idea right now.
Looked at Ferree and the cheapest reamer is over $100, and I paid $60 for the Evette (not counting the whole weekend to fix it).

Are these things being sold anywhere else, possibly cheaper?

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 Re: need a sourse for inexpensive barrel reamer
Author: jdbassplayer 
Date:   2020-03-30 07:19

I usually just use a small square of 120 grit sandpaper followed by 400 grit and finally 1500 grit and oil. If you're careful you can make it look flawless without any evidence of having been modified. Even though I have a lathe now I still just use sandpaper most of the time as I can achieve the same result.


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 Re: need a sourse for inexpensive barrel reamer
Author: Tony F 
Date:   2020-03-30 07:23

I've successfully cleaned up the inside of rough barrel sockets using a strip of sandpaper wrapped round an appropriately sized dowel. Cut a slot across the end of the dowel to secure the sandpaper.
I suspect that the barrel reamers you've looked at are intended for reaming the barrel bores, not the socketss, but as always I may be wrong here.

Tony F.

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 Re: need a sourse for inexpensive barrel reamer
Author: m1964 
Date:   2020-03-30 07:41

Hi Jdbassplayer,
Hi Tony F.,
I did smooth it a little using 500 sandpaper wrapped over my finger...

However, I just took another (older) B45 and it fitted in just fine.
Vandoren must have changed the shoulder size slightly- 1st B45 I bought about 3 years ago, the 2nd one is 38 y. old.
So I was able to try the Evette today.
While it does not compare to my R13P, it sounds better than plastic Artley and Bundy clarinets.
Not resistant and has at least some warmth in its tone.
Evette in a good condition (like mine), should make a solid instrument for a beginner student. Its keys are made very well too, fit is tight but keys do not bind, all the screws are solid fit.
Would not play in Carnegie Hall but for a school band it is a very good start.

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