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 replacing pads or clarinet?
Author: jangjiman 
Date:   2005-11-08 03:20

how much does it usually cost to get all pads replaced on a wood clarinet?
I have a yamaha 650 and have been playing on it for seven years. I used it for marching band so there is a slight sign of cracking. It hasn't cracked all the way but the surface is split. My clarinet also squeeks a lot more than it used to. Could it be because of my pads or should I get a new clarinet?

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 Re: replacing pads or clarinet?
Author: hans 
Date:   2005-11-08 13:52

After 7 years, your clarinet is long overdue for an inspection and maintenance by an expert repair tech.

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 Re: replacing pads or clarinet?
Author: pewd 
Date:   2005-11-08 14:44

take it to a shop, ask for a quote.

repads run about $175 locally, overhauls $300 on up

what hans said - you're way overdue. don't skimp on maintenance - you'll be amazed at the difference after a compentent tech works on the horn.

- Paul
private teacher - Dallas, Texas

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 Re: replacing pads or clarinet?
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2005-11-08 14:47

...and as it's a Yamaha 650, it will make economical sense having it repadded as well. Think of the amount you've saved yourself over that time if you've never had much work done, so I reckon a complete overhaul will improve matters.

I had a Buffet R13 that had never been to a repairer in the 8 years of it's use - and it was in dire need of an overhaul. The customer is happy with the results as well, even though they did think the price of an overhaul was steep - but again they've saved themselves nearly £1000 in repair bills and the overhaul cost was a fraction of that.

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 Re: replacing pads or clarinet?
Author: GBK 2017
Date:   2005-11-08 15:08

After you get your clarinet repadded or overhauled, you might also consider picking up a cheap plastic clarinet to use exclusively for marching band...GBK

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 Re: replacing pads or clarinet?
Author: Bob Phillips 
Date:   2005-11-08 19:23

I just had a wonderfully competent overhaul on my R-13 Full Boehm at Muncy Winds (sponsors this site); it cost $500. The horn now plays better than I do (now, that's damning with faint praise, lets say that all mistakes are now mine.)

On the other hand, I had it repadded for $100 or so from a vendor on eBay; and it was unsatisfactory. Get a great tech involved with you and your horn.

Bob Phillips

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 Re: replacing pads or clarinet?
Author: Gordon (NZ) 
Date:   2005-11-08 20:09

"....repadded for $100 or so from a vendor on eBay"

What do they do? Just whip the keys off, throw new (self-adhesive?) pads in, and whip the keys back on? I reckon that could be done in 20 minutes. (It would then need re-doing)

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 Re: replacing pads or clarinet?
Author: tictactux 2017
Date:   2005-11-09 07:08

> I reckon that could be done in 20 minutes.

I repadded mine myself (a $20 ebay clunker doesn't justify $100+ in repair cost), but all in all it took about 2 hours for the padding alone (especially the removal of the old pads can be a PITA, depending on the glue used). Never heard of (and probably wouldn't trust) self-adhesive pads. I get a set of Pisonis for ~10 bucks here, can't be much cheaper.

I wouldn't do a 650 Yamaha myself, though. It deserves better. ;)


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 Re: replacing pads or clarinet?
Author: jangjiman 
Date:   2005-11-10 03:56

what exactly do they do when they overhaul a clarinet? For some reason, when I play my low "A", it makes a wierd buzzing noise. It's from one of the parts.

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 Re: replacing pads or clarinet?
Author: Gordon (NZ) 
Date:   2005-11-10 07:23

For me it means to attend to all the mechanical things, and poor aspects of manufacture, and replacing corks, springs as needed, etc - whatever is needed in order to put the instrument into a state where it is expected to play at its best and be reliable, or need very little touch-up adjustment, for a good many years. An overhaul means differing things for different models.

In round figures. I would say that the padding takes up 1/5 - 1/2 of the time of an overhaul, depending on the state of the instrument, including ones that are quite new.

IMO there is not a lot of point in repadding without attending to all the other 'infrastructure'.

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