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All about Clarinets / Re: Metal clarinet barrel
« on: May 15, 2022, 03:48:39 PM »
Overall dimensions of metal clarinet barrels vary considerably. For example length can vary from 40mm to 67mm depending on the instrument, and that doesn't even take into account that some barrels have tenons and some have sockets. I think measuring your other clarinet and going from there is a great starting point.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Clarinet Pads vs Saxophone Pads
« on: May 11, 2022, 08:46:22 AM »
Generally "bass clarinet" pads made by Pisoni, Music Medic and other manufacturers are made thinner (usually around 3.2-3.5mm) than sax pads (3.8+mm). Most bass clarinets including Vitos need a mix of the thinner bass clarinet pads on the top and sax pads on the bottom. For example, On a Buffet I just overhauled I used Ferree's B32s (3.2mm) for everything from RH2 up and B42s (4.7mm) For RH3 downward. This is pretty standard on most bass clarinets. I would not try to use sax pads on the top end of the instrument.

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All about Clarinets / Re: High pitch Boehm systems - mostly butchered?
« on: January 31, 2022, 06:18:37 AM »
They aren't too uncommon, you can usually find at least one on eBay at any time. Obviously this one is overpriced but it looks nice and even comes with a wooden Buffet mouthpiece!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/143075938993?hash=item214ffd92b1:g:OjUAAOSwVWpa-Eh~

Are you just collecting these for fun or do you actually play in a HP band?

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All about Clarinets / Re: jean paul clarinet
« on: January 24, 2022, 10:19:39 AM »
If a Rico 2.5 feels stuffy that's a big problem...

First I would try a new mouthpiece since you should always upgrade that anyway and you can use them with any clarinet. I like the Fobes Debut. If that doesn't help look for a refurbished Vito or Yamaha, you can get them for $150-$250. It's not worth having your Jean Paul repaired as the pads they use tend to fail quickly anyway.

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All about Clarinets / Re: The benefit of open holes
« on: January 15, 2022, 06:00:12 PM »
Saxophones have huge tone holes. Even on Sopranino sax the lowest tone holes would be too large to cover. Also on most sizes of sax the fingers are not always directly above a tone hole meaning the instrument would need a complete redesign.

The closest instrument to an open hole sax would be a Boehm system tarogato.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Eb Dazzler?
« on: December 25, 2021, 04:25:36 PM »
They made white basses and altos. I had the upper joint form a bass once but sold it. They seem to pop up occasionally and sell for surprisingly low prices.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Setting Up a Bundy Alto Instructions Needed
« on: June 28, 2021, 12:27:12 PM »
You need to go through all of the pads with a feeler gauge. A leak light can help but it won't tell you the whole story.

Here's how to make one, though I suggest using a plastic shopping bag instead of the tape as it will be more precise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg1DJhEBZEM

Some pads to pay close attention to are the Ab and the Ab/Eb keys, they are some of the harder ones to get level.

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All about Clarinets / Re: About the alto
« on: May 29, 2021, 08:44:36 PM »
Not all altos, this is just a good example of what happens when a company gives up...

I'm sure if Selmer put the same attention into their clarinets that they do to their saxophones it would be a much better instrument.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Interesting fault
« on: March 08, 2021, 01:44:22 PM »
Seems like a spring issue. One of your keys is opening slightly when you play causing the fluttering sound. Most likely this would be the F#/C# key but could be any key held down under spring tension. Try pushing the pad cup down somehow while playing and see if it goes away.

-Jdbassplayer

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All about Clarinets / Re: NEWBIE REPAIR QUERY
« on: March 02, 2021, 06:19:59 PM »
Yamaha 26s are always 3/64” or under though. The only way the cork would need to be thicker is if someone shaved the plastic down, in which case OP should probably have the tenon replaced as now that would be a weak spot. But that’s a very unlikely situation.

If you have problems getting the right thickness I would highly recommend a good set of calipers. You can wrap the cork around the tenon and compress it a bit with the calipers to get a good estimate of what the compressed diameter will be. Using this method I’ve never had to replace a cork because I used the wrong size.

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All about Clarinets / Re: NEWBIE REPAIR QUERY
« on: March 02, 2021, 07:11:54 AM »
I'll order the next size up, 1/16" thick instead of the 3/64 as mentioned above.
Cheers!

Why? That's just a waste of time and money...

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All about Clarinets / Re: NEWBIE REPAIR QUERY
« on: February 23, 2021, 12:17:23 PM »
If your only goal is to save money it would be best to take it to a tech. The materials to replace one tenon cork cost more than having it done professionally. You need a bottle of contact cement, razor blades, a straightedge, some sandpaper and of course the cork. Yamaha cork is usually 3/64" or 1.2mm, but you may need to sand it thinner. The cheapest place to get good cork is probably Music Medic, but you need to spend $10 to get free shipping I think. Maybe you can also buy the contact cement there. At best if you already have sandpaper and razor blades you are only really saving maybe $10 or $15.

For a really cheap option you can use cotton thread like on a bassoon.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Double boehm system
« on: February 19, 2021, 06:20:58 AM »
Let me clarify how the key work functions. The lower joint is standard Boehm system. The only difference is that there is no linkage to the upper joint as there is no need for an alternate Eb. For the upper joint, Eb is fingered xoo|ooo. E can either be fingered oxo|ooo or by playing an Eb and using the first trill key or the sliver key. F is normal but F# can either be played with the first or second finger.

The plate with the vent hole is there to help with the altissimo like on bass clarinet. This is needed because the first finger tone hole is now a semi tone lower, meaning it is less effective to just lift the index finger. The plate is connected to the third finger ring so it will close automatically when you play an altissimo note.

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This is a great idea Windy! Does it work well on nickel plating?

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All about Clarinets / Re: Buffet Eb Carl Fischer
« on: October 10, 2020, 08:01:05 PM »
Carl Fischer has been around since 1872, so 1896 is a perfectly reasonable date and I would see no reason to doubt it. Looks to be in very nice shape!

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