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 Pads for a Metal clarinet
Author: Mark P. 
Date:   1999-08-11 22:01

I'm going to repad an old Cavalier metal clarinet and looking at the original pads and pad cups it looks like they need an extra thick pad. Anyone have experience working on these?

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 RE: Pads for a Metal clarinet
Author: Dee 
Date:   1999-08-12 01:13

Go to the retail section and look up Ferree's Tools. Then order their catalog. They carry pads of all types.

Note sometimes the pads on old clarinets are swollen and can be deceptive. Other times they have shrunk and are deceptive.

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 RE: Pads for a Metal clarinet
Author: Mark P. 
Date:   1999-08-12 02:39

Thanks, Dee.

I have Farree's catalog in hand and they have several different thicknesses. The pad cups are much deeper than what I'm used to on my other clarinets. Guess I'll order a set of the thick and see how they work out.

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 RE: Pads for a Metal clarinet
Author: Rick2 
Date:   1999-08-12 05:41

My Leblanc has a couple relatively deep pad cups. I just use a solid slice of hot-melt glue to make up the difference that way. You should be able to use standard pads. If you order too thick you stuck because you cant make them thinner.

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 RE: Pads for a Metal clarinet
Author: ron 
Date:   1999-08-15 05:01

Hi, Mark -
Last I heard, Ferree's no longer sells 'sets'. You'll have to specify the sizes you need. If the pads are verrry thick you may want to consider kid skin pads. Just a thought. I have a 'C' Albert system (plastic) that had white kid pads that are pretty thick - that's what I plan to use to repad it. I've found metal horns to be pretty forgiving - Good luck!
ron

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 RE: Pads for a Metal clarinet
Author: Dee 
Date:   1999-08-15 12:54



ron wrote:
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Hi, Mark -
Last I heard, Ferree's no longer sells 'sets'. You'll have to specify the sizes you need. If the pads are verrry thick you may want to consider kid skin pads. Just a thought. I have a 'C' Albert system (plastic) that had white kid pads that are pretty thick - that's what I plan to use to repad it. I've found metal horns to be pretty forgiving - Good luck!
ron
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The catalog states that they do sell sets but recommends that you include a list of the sizes that you need rather than just specifying brand and model.

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 RE: Pads for a Metal clarinet
Author: ron 
Date:   1999-08-15 23:47

Dee is correct. My post above was not quite accurate. Ferree's *does* sell pad sets but they do not recommend sets by model/brand. To be accurate for your particular instrument give them specific sizes. If you plan to do several horns you may want to invest in their assortments of 100 or 500 pads but that gets expensive if you only want enough to do the one instrument. If you're on good terms with a local tech in your area you might get the pads and cement you need there so you don't have a lot of leftover sizes you'll never use. Some techs don't mind being helpful this way - they usually have plenty of work anyway and you're not competeing for their business.

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 RE: Pads for a Metal clarinet
Author: Mark P. 
Date:   1999-08-16 01:46

Thanks for the tips. I've measured the interior diamter of the cups with a caliper in millimeters and was going to order a dozen of each size. My main concern was pad thickness and in fact I found that some plain leather pads for saxophones I had laying around are just about the right thickness. I may go ahead and repad with leather.

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 RE: Pads for a Metal clarinet
Author: Willie 
Date:   1999-08-16 04:45

The clarinet repairman I buy my pads from told me I should use leather pads on my metal "lightning rods". But he also said I could use standard skin pads, but I would probably be replacing them more often. I used skin pads for two reasons. They're cheaper and Fred just didn't have the sizes I needed in leather. So far I've only had to replace one pad on my Elkhart in the last three years and I use this clarinet a lot to practice.

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