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Offline kewald

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Why is it not playing the lower Chalumeau?
« on: June 23, 2021, 10:42:21 AM »

I'm refurbishing a Selmer Bundy Bb Clarinet.  Everything plays ok except the lower joint of the Chalumeau register.  B3 and Bb3 play (kinda), but every note lower than that overblows into the Clarion register.


I've checked for pad leaks and re-padded the C#3, B3, Bb3 and Ab3 that have sometimes given me problems such as this.


Any ideas?

I tried to upoload a video of me playing it, but that didn't work.  Here's a link to the video. https://1drv.ms/v/s!At_bqJIbTzvzksx3KBY0WaENs9zq5w


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« Last Edit: June 23, 2021, 11:05:37 AM by kewald »
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Re: Why is it not playing the lower Chalumeau?
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2021, 02:06:54 PM »
Check the screw on top of the throat A key?
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Re: Why is it not playing the lower Chalumeau?
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2021, 02:37:28 PM »
The screw has the slightest amount of play.  Not holding the key open and the pad has good impression of the tone hole.


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Re: Why is it not playing the lower Chalumeau?
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2021, 11:34:34 AM »
Yeah it's a weird screw. May not have anything to do with your problem. I found on some clarinets it has to be loosened (unscrewed) some or a whole bunch of other notes won't play.
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Re: Why is it not playing the lower Chalumeau?
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2021, 12:29:43 PM »
Yes, when there is a leak high up in the body, that affects everything below it.  The A/G# screw needs to be barely touching the A key, or just shy of touching.  Screw it in too far and it lifts the G# pad.


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Re: Why is it not playing the lower Chalumeau?
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2021, 03:40:09 PM »
Yeah it's a weird screw. May not have anything to do with your problem. I found on some clarinets it has to be loosened (unscrewed) some or a whole bunch of other notes won't play.


You were on the right track!  Only it was the G# pad.  Finally remembered to use my leak light and found the leak.  All's welll!


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Re: Why is it not playing the lower Chalumeau?
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2021, 10:24:13 PM »
The danger of the throat tones! The farther down you go, the less detrimental leaks are.
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