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All about Clarinets / Clarinet display
« on: March 23, 2016, 08:07:18 PM »
Do you display any of yours? How?

All about Clarinets / Just got a Semer Series K!
« on: March 21, 2016, 07:52:44 PM »
I've been playing it this evening, so I actually got a horn that plays right out of the box!

It is an enhanced Boehm with a Backun barrel.

All about Clarinets / Another repair question
« on: December 16, 2015, 06:26:18 PM »
Maybe we could sticky a thread for questions. Of course, I may the only one that needs to ask any.

My favorite clarinet has up-and-down screws on the thumbrest. The top one has been replaced at some time with a larger screw. That has now come out and the hole is totally stripped. I don't really want to do a super glue repair. How would you fix it?

All about Clarinets / Vito repair help
« on: December 02, 2015, 10:34:57 AM »
This Vito Dazzler is about to do me in. I am learning a lot (euphemism for ^%$*)&*%%^). I won't bore you. I now am down to the last problem (better be or the stupid thing we be given away to be used as a baseball bat.) All plays relatively well except the 2 lowest notes hop up as if the register key is being used. The register key is not blowing open. Any ideas?

All about Clarinets / Old Conn
« on: November 09, 2015, 12:01:31 PM »
What do I have, outside the obvious?

Serial number says it should be 1898. It is HP.

All about Clarinets / Just got a McIntyre clarinet
« on: October 19, 2015, 04:11:57 PM »
I'll let you know more when I receive it!

All about Clarinets / Question about repair
« on: August 26, 2015, 06:07:01 AM »
No laughing. I'm trying to cheat and have you guys come up with an easy fix while I am at work today! It's the first week of school and I really don't have time to tear a clarinet apart.

I just had a clarinet that I gave to my school 2 years ago brought to me. The lower G# key simply blows open. Nothing broken and the "new" blue steel needle spring is in place and looks fine. Of course, it is underneath the whole pile of keys ad such, so it was a visual inspection only. Could wear in the rods cause this? Do I just need to start ripping metal off and mess with the spring?

All about Clarinets / What do you think?
« on: July 29, 2015, 09:18:28 PM »
The Vintage Clarinet doctor is weighing in on DIYers. What is your opinion on working on your own instruments?

I am such a beginner. I tried to start on clarinets that were unfixable. I used the cheapest pads and such that I could. I would never try a really valuable clarinet or work on someone else's. My idea was to fix and donate clarinets to schools. I also got engraving tools. I hear kids saying that they don't want to play clarinet because they are an ugly black. They buy the cheap bright pink ones and then give up after a year because the clarinets don't play well. I thought I could get student-grade clarinets and engrave the bells to make them prettier. I haven't touched anything for months now.


All about Clarinets / Clarinet repair material and tool hacks
« on: May 09, 2015, 11:16:07 AM »
I am still a very beginner at instrument repair. I don't have many tools and I have to use the kitchen counter as a work bench. I also like be creative with what I do to some clarinets, such as glittering the entire body. I would be very interested to hear what some of you use when you don't have the "real" tool. Here's some things I've used.

Waxy swimmer's ear plug is great for temporary hole plugging. It won't hold against blown air, but keeps adhesive and glitter out of tone 
     holes and holes for screws.
Foam door sealant strips are great for sealing the end of a clarinet joint when checking for leaks.
A cheapo emergency flashlight that hangs from a cord and glows bright red is good for showing leaks in an room that isn't very dark.

All about Clarinets / Gonna be grand marshals of the parade!
« on: May 07, 2015, 09:05:52 PM »
I have been a member of a mounted band for 31 years now. This year we will be grand marshals of our big local parade. We are finally getting recognition from the rodeo for our hard work over those years. Those of you that have "toured" in any form know it can be almost too much effort to be worth it. Increase that by adding in horses, tack, lots of vehicles, and other expenses like horse shoes, vet care, feed, and it really makes us wonder sometimes why we do it. And then we get in front of an audience and we know!

There are pictures of us on the home page.

All about Clarinets / Rampone E Flat
« on: February 23, 2015, 07:16:15 PM »
[attachment=657][attachment=658][attachment=659][attachment=660]I haven\'t found anything on this little guy at all other than Rampone merged with Cazzani around 1930. Any info and comments appreciated. The mouthpiece is it\'s original wooden one. All parts move. It does need new pads. I will also have to work at getting the mouthpiece and barrel apart. [attachment=656]

All about Clarinets / White Vito
« on: February 14, 2015, 08:46:42 PM »
I just won the bid on a white Vito with gold keys. I haven\'t got it yet, but we\'ll see how it does! I haven\'t been able to win a bid on anything for ages, not that I try often, so hopefully all will be well.

All about Clarinets / For sale 3 times in a month
« on: February 13, 2015, 01:35:01 PM »
Any idea what\'s going on here? Both previous listings are listed as \"sold\", but the same dealer is listing them again.


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