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Offline PipeTobacco

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Thickness of Replacement Corks?
« on: May 23, 2021, 12:37:00 PM »
Hello:

Ihave replaced corks on various joints on clarinets in the past..... but used cork given to me.  I am now in need of BUYING some new sheet cork..... but foolishly I did not think to measure the thickness of the cork I had previously. 

In your opinion, which thickness is typically most useful for cork repairs.... 1mm, 2mm, or 3mm?  I am currently wanting to recork a bass clarinet mouthpiece (Bundy, standard).... but also have a few soprano clarinets I will eventually be refurbishing too. 

Advice, guidance, opinions.... all appreciated.  I have been looking at rolled cork on Amazon..... but if that is not a good choice..... I would appreciate guidance in that regard as well. 

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Re: Thickness of Replacement Corks?
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2021, 12:53:24 PM »
I bought an assortment of cork sheets from Ferree's Tools.


When installing new cork, I use calipers to measure the id of the socket and the od of the bare tenon.  Subtract the two, divide by 2, and add 1/64th of an inch.  Works very well with minimal sanding.


I've attached an EXCEL file with a table and the formulas I use.


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« Last Edit: May 31, 2021, 09:35:02 AM by kewald »
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Re: Thickness of Replacement Corks?
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2021, 07:44:25 AM »
I bought an assortment of cork sheets from Ferree's Tools.


When installing new cork, I use calipers to measure the id of the socket and the od of the bare tenon.  Subtract the two and add 1/64th of an inch.  Works very well with minimal sanding.


I've attached an EXCEL file with a table and the formulas I use.



Thank you!!!!

All are welcome to use it.