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 My First Overhaul
Author: Kathy 
Date:   1999-07-29 05:29

I like small tedious projects with lots of time and money involved. So, I bought a used beat-up, moldy set of clarinets. Now, I've been playing since I was 9 so, I figured I knew my instrument pretty well. Nope.

Where would I find a book or instructions on how to dismantle, clean, polish and assemble a nice old wood clarinet? I found a place that sells pads and the blue spring wire- but it's just a small local guitar shop. I'll need cork(and lots of it- I'm afraid) and whole ball of wax.

I have a couple woods and two (new for me) metal clarinets. All in need of serious tender loving care. Any assistance you guys could give would be appreciated.....

Thank you

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 RE: My First Overhaul
Author: Rick2 
Date:   1999-07-29 06:02

You're lucky you found a place to sell you parts on demand. What you need to do is find the Feree's web site (advertised here on sneezy I believe) and order (probably by phone) the Erick Brand wind instrument repair manual. It's got everything you'll need to know and then some.


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 RE: My First Overhaul
Author: mike 
Date:   1999-07-29 12:27

You can find complete kits through WW&BW full catologe can be obtained either on line or thru the post.....kits would have pads, corks. tools.........

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 RE: My First Overhaul
Author: J. Butler 
Date:   1999-07-31 13:29

There is a book by Tiede called "Practical Instrument Repair Manual". It doesn't go into a lot of detail but has plain text and easy to follow instructions. The Erick Brand book is complete, but also has a some old technology that may confuse you. Start with the simple procedures and go to the more complex as you feel comfortable. Of course for an "overhaul" there is more to it than replacing the pads and corks. Key action needs to be tightened (swedging) and tone holes often need refacing. Bores need to be polished, etc.

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 RE: My First Overhaul
Author: Kathy 
Date:   1999-08-03 02:36

I've taken an old "monstrosity" (mouthpiece, barrell and bell are plastic with two middle wood sections) and touched it up. I took off all the hardware and cleaned it up (Brasso). Then, I pulled on all the springs (taking of rust and replacing some of springs). I cleaned off all the screws and used a q-tip with a worn-out piece of sand cloth (REALLY WORN OUT) to clear all the holes. Then, re-assembled. Like I said- this was a pratice one. The keys were all strait and pads fit well. I got fairly good tone- with just a slight flat when I climbed above a high E. I still want to replace one more spring- but, I'm up for the challenge.

Thank you all.

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