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Messages - philpedler

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All about Clarinets / Re: Thoughts on synthetic tenon corks?
« on: June 13, 2024, 11:33:51 AM »
The Valentino Synthetic sheet cork that is sold by JLSmithCo is very good, in my opinion. But one has to understand how to use it. I put it on with Gorilla Glue. I choose a thickness that will be a bit more than I need it to be. OR I wrap the joint with thread to increase the thickness a bit, if the thickness is not quite enough. After the joint is dry, I take off the rubber bands holding it, and use Teflon tape for slickness and put the joint together for compression of the synthetic cork.

However, I found that the center tenon has too much pressure exerted on it, and the sheet cork will not last very long, compared to the other tenon joints. So for the center tenon I shifted to using the Tan Sheet, which is a different kind of rubber. The Tan Sheet rubber does not compress. So one needs to be very particular with how much thread is applied under it.

Teflon tape does not allow expansion. If it is placed on real cork, it will squeeze the life out of the cork, and you will need to keep putting more Teflon on until you basically have a Teflon tenon joint. On the synthetic sheet cork, I often let it stay on, and tell customers that after it falls off, the joints will often not need cork grease. For center tenons with the tan rubber sheet, the player will need to continue to use Teflon or cork grease. The rubber sheet is not slippery like the synthetic cork sheet.

All in all, I think the synthetic/sheet option will last longer than real cork. But if you are used to sanding real cork to get the proper fit, it will certainly last long enough.

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All about Clarinets / Re: J. Gras A Clarinet
« on: June 11, 2024, 11:35:37 AM »
What a cool find! Please share pictures for posterity.

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All about Clarinets / Corton 14/60 clarinet question
« on: May 10, 2024, 06:49:55 PM »
A reader of the clarinetpages.net site has asked this question:

5/4/2024 13:46:05   I have a Corton 14/60 clarinet, I am interested in what kind of wood it is made of, what year it was made and the price with the country of manufacture    dima   Ukraine

I don't remember anything about a Corton brand. But I am from the States, and Dima is from the Ukraine.

Does anyone have info on this?

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All about Clarinets / Re: 1917
« on: May 10, 2024, 06:46:47 PM »
Thanks for this information! It's good to have the year the standard was set.

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All about Clarinets / Re: 19th century Clarinet in C
« on: March 30, 2024, 03:12:29 PM »
Hi Windsong,

That is so cool! I would love to try playing it, but I am sure it is not something I would want to own. Nevertheless, I would be interested in how you come up with such treasures. Did you buy it at an online auction? If so, I would love to know, in general, what such instruments are going for in today's market. And I would like to know if you ordered it from Europe, or if it was already in North America.

Happy playing with that fun project.

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All about Clarinets / Re: What is this?
« on: March 24, 2024, 02:50:08 PM »
How neat, Snorky! Thanks for posting the pictures. Very cool. I hope you'll share more when you are done reconditioning it.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Clarinet Fingering Chart
« on: March 17, 2024, 03:03:25 PM »
Hey! This is beautiful! Wonderful appearance, great learning tool for the new player. It includes game-like elements that will help learners. I didn't have time to test the tuner with a clarinet. I tested it briefly with an alto recorder. Some other apps might be better for the tuner and metronome functions. But this is excellent for the new player. Congratulations, DigitideBlaze!

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All about Clarinets / Re: Caring for long-stored and dry grenadilla
« on: March 11, 2024, 08:24:53 AM »
Washing old dry clarinets in water: I have had this crack the bell. The bell would be especially sensitive to large changes. I would use oil and let that also clean the bore and outside. Sparing use of a damp cloth and soap would probably be fine. Soaking in water will probably cause damage.

This conversation has to do with what oil is best. I still think that Omar Henderson was right. (Was that his name? The one who created Doctor's Clarinet products.) Anyway, he created Bore Doctor (oil). The difference between his oil and other natural oils is that his oil does not harden, or hardens much less than many natural oils. Soak a rag in some natural oils, and let it dry. The rag will become like cardboard. You don't want that process going on inside the clarinet wood. In my opinion, Bore Doctor oil is great, and it was created with input from people who restore museum instruments.

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All about Clarinets / Re: A treasure trove of musical instrument history!
« on: February 22, 2024, 04:18:27 PM »
Welcome back, Dave!!!!

I told you that about a Pruefer? Hmm.

I think it would be fun to try that Clinton.


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Way to go, Windy!
Congratulations!
Phil

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All about Clarinets / Re: Is this H.N. White Eb a Pedler stencil?
« on: February 20, 2024, 03:01:51 PM »
I'm glad Windsong was able to answer!

Looks to be made of hard rubber, not wood.

Still cheap!

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All about Clarinets / Vito parts for free
« on: February 05, 2024, 02:59:45 PM »
My collection of Vito parts probably will not make one complete clarinet. Maybe it could be done.

I previously fixed a lot of Vito and Noblet clarinets, and frequently had occasion to replace broken keys, so this collection may not have the most frequently broken keys.

Anyway, this shoebox of parts is available for free.

Send me a private message.

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All about Clarinets / Bundy clarinet parts available for free
« on: February 05, 2024, 02:54:41 PM »
I have the equivalent of at least 5 Bundy clarinets, I think.

A couple of them are together and complete, and about 3 are disparate parts.

Who wants to practice fixing clarinets?

These will turn into sturdy beginner clarinets.

Please send me a private message.

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All about Clarinets / Evette plastic parts available for free
« on: February 05, 2024, 02:51:32 PM »
I have enough Evette parts to probably make two clarinets. A couple of the left hand joints are silver throat models.

Who would like to assemble and repair an Evette?

Send me a private message.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Jeffrey vs Selmer Paris 9*
« on: January 24, 2024, 03:49:06 PM »
A little search on the internet. The top entry starts with
"The Jeffrey was the entry-level wooden clarinet offered by Leblanc in the mid-1960s."
Some other results say that the Jeffrey was out of tune with itself.

I have never reviewed a Jeffrey at clarinetpages.net.
This forum has some glowing words about the Jeffrey that someone got for $25, here:
https://clarinetpages.info/smf/index.php?topic=1497.0

I am also confused as to whether the Selmer is the old Selmer Series 9 from the 1960s or if Paris 9* is a new model.

Personally, I would bet the Selmer would be better.
You guys who commented before, please help!

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