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All about Clarinets / RE: Do-It-Yourself Reconditioning
« on: December 18, 2012, 06:11:47 AM »
Sounds similar to what I have.

Heat sources: BBQ lighter, blow dryer for loosening stuck rods and screws
Pads: Some from China. some from local tech who sells me stuff at cost.
Corks: Canada. Don\'t like reconstituted corks. Do like pre-glued synthetic.
Tools: Music Medic clarinet kit and yard-sale stuff

I keep it all in a make-up salesman\'s airline carry-on case. The lid has lots of little pouches and elastic bands to hold eyeliner and lipstick. Perfect!

What I can\'t fix, the tech helps me with (if it\'s a fast, cheap fix.) If it\'s a bigger fix, the clarinet becomes material to engrave on.

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All about Clarinets / RE: Lacquered brass Noblets
« on: December 15, 2012, 07:52:24 AM »
I cheat. I take clarinets to my local tech and he decides which is best for the job and measures them. He sells them to me at cost. I do have some that I\'ve bough off of the internet, but I seem to get clarinets that need strange-sized pads. I repadded a Czech one that took oboe pads.

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All about Clarinets / RE: Lacquered brass Noblets
« on: December 14, 2012, 06:10:41 PM »
Well, it\'s as done as it will be until after Christmas. Kitty seems to have lost one rod and one screw. No need to fix more leaks until that is resolved. It plays, just not a full range. Here\'s some pictures, before and after. The before pictures do not show the damage to the surface of the clarinet well. I would not have bought it had I known the damage under the lacquer. The keys looks yellow in the before pictures because they were dirty.

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All about Clarinets / RE: Lacquered brass Noblets
« on: December 14, 2012, 01:43:55 PM »
It is lacquered and I am putting the keys back on. What a booger! I haven\'t done this with very many wood clarinets, but this thing is a different beastie! I think maybe the diameter is so small that everything is packed together. Several keys have to go back together in a certain order. I can\'t slide keys in between others like on the wooden clarinets. Then when I get a section together, the pads won\'t seal. Level pads don\'t seat. Tonight I will take some keys off to try to reseat the pads.

This is not helped by the fact that it was taken apart over a month ago and I don\'t remember how they came off. Also,while I had all the parts on the counter in a reasonable order, I took a break and came back to find the cat had played golf with anything that would roll. My husband and I spend quite a while crawling on the floor trying to find teensy little pieces that had rolled under cabinets. I seem to be missing a rod.

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All about Clarinets / RE: Lacquered brass Noblets
« on: December 10, 2012, 07:00:28 PM »
This is stout metal, evidently. I cannot bend them.

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All about Clarinets / RE: Lacquered brass Noblets
« on: December 09, 2012, 10:11:14 PM »
It is now relacquered. It completely changed the feel of the metal. It was cool and had a bit of rough to it. Now it is completely smooth. It\'s still a little tacky, so I won\'t put the keys back on for a couple of days. I\'m curious to see how it will play. It will still need one quick trip to the tech.  The (I don\'t know the proper names) C & D rings are bent and I don\'t have a vise or something to hold them and bend them back.

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All about Clarinets / Am I terrible?
« on: December 09, 2012, 06:03:47 PM »
This is a plastic Vito that I put a couple of new pads on to make it playable. I think I\'ll glitter the whole thing in out school colors, then loan it to a student for basketball season to see how it holds up.

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All about Clarinets / RE: Laube Metal Clarinet
« on: December 09, 2012, 12:37:58 PM »
There\'s a one-piece on ebay now.

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All about Clarinets / Strange clarinet case
« on: December 05, 2012, 09:08:19 PM »
I just got an old clarinet in this. The clarinet, unfortunately, turned out to be a Frankenhorn (destined for engraving practice), but the case is cool. I\'m assuming it is a double case. One horn goes in the top and the other in the bottom. It\'s in very good shape except for one missing support.

There is a sticker from 1917 on the outside. The only maker\'s clue on the inside is a small brass tab that rotates to hold something that was shaped like a bass clarinet peg, but far too small.

Anyone have any other ideas or thoughts?

As I am far too lazy to want to resize, I am attaching a Word doc. There\'s also a picture of the mouthpiece that came with it.

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All about Clarinets / RE: How many clarinets do you own?
« on: December 05, 2012, 04:37:52 PM »
1915ish Jean Marbeau (wood)
1970s Selmer 100 Mazzeo (wood)
2 1950s Noblets (metal)
Frankenhorn with Selmer Paris MP (plastic) for parts
Vito for repair (plastic)

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All about Clarinets / RE: Lacquered brass Noblets
« on: December 04, 2012, 06:47:57 PM »
Who knows? I haven\'t really a clue what I\'m doing other than the repad and clean-up. I sure hope it turns out pretty and sounding beautiful.

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All about Clarinets / Lacquered brass Noblets
« on: December 04, 2012, 12:01:16 AM »
I own two of these. One is in good shape, but in need of a repad. The other... needs work.

The \"new\" one came to me with very damaged lacquer. Much of the lacquer was gone and there were a bunch of black dots all over which looked very much like mold on bread. I\'ve been told that happens when a horn is in salt air too much. It also had hideous acid bleed and pad weevils. Oh, and bent keys.

I know many people are in favor of leaving lacquer \"as-is\", but I also know that the main reason anyone would want a clarinet like this Noblet is that it looks cool. It looked hideous! We are now on a journey together to get its mojo back.

I stripped the lacquer, assuming the black would come off. It didn\'t. It was an improvement, though. It no longer had leprosy, just bad freckles. And acid bleed. I don\'t exactly have a tech\'s full repair kit, so I pulled out a paring knife to get the acid bleed off. It kind of worked. I then had the bright idea to get out my little electric engraver to get at the acid bleed. It worked like a charm, but it left squiggly lines around the holes. So... I held my breath, tipped the engraver on its side, and went to it. I have completely retextured the surface of the clarinet. I will be relacquering it in a few days. It won\'t be a pro job. Can\'t afford it. Then the keys with their shiny new pads go on, and I hope we are ready to play!

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All about Clarinets / Introducing myself
« on: December 03, 2012, 11:35:46 PM »
Hmm. I thought I was already a member here, but perhaps that was in the pre-spammer era. Or maybe not. It\'s late.

I have played clarinet for almost 40 years, but never at a high level. I played in school and 2 years at a community college. For the next 25 years, the only times I played were with the Pendleton Round-Up Mounted Band. Yes, we play on horseback, and yes, it really limits the music that can be played.

Last year I joined the local youth symphony with my son. What a stretch! I have felt like a realio-trulio country bumpkin, having never played with strings and having forgotten so many written symbols, if I ever knew them. I\'m getting much better.

After years of student-level plastic clarinets filled with horsehair and dust, I bought an old wood clarinet at a junk shop. I don\'t know why. I got it completely overhauled, fell in love, and got rid of the plastic. This clarinet, the Jean Marbeau featured on Phil\'s site, lasted me well for 5 years of rough outdoor playing. As soon as I joined the symphony, the repaired crack reopened and I found myself in search of a clarinet. All techs I took it to said it was not worth repairing. (I will soon have it back from Phil!)

My son\'s old borrowed sax gave up the ghost at the same time and I began a search for both instruments. I attended the University of the Internet faithfully and shopped wisely, I hope.

I have been playing a Signet 100 Mazzeo (mechanism functional) for the symphony. My Mounted Band clarinet is a lacquered brass Noblet. My son has a pristine 1930\'s Conn stencil alto.

I have also been dipping my toe in clarinet repair, buying oldies and donating them to my school\'s band program. I have also been messing with engraving. My current project is another brass Noblet. I have an old wooden one it\'s way to me, too.

In real life, I am a Spanish/ESL teacher with a husband and two teenagers.

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All about Clarinets / RE: Laube Metal Clarinet
« on: December 03, 2012, 11:11:29 PM »
Couture is fashion and style.

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