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Offline super20dan

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my tech refuses to work on my malerne alto clarinet
« on: January 08, 2022, 08:23:38 PM »
the alto i bought on ebay for 125$ was so badly repadded my tech refuses to touch it. says he would have to strip it and start from scratch and charge 350-500$. i guess i am going to work on it myself as a learning experience. i have nothing to loose. the left hand section is ok. so mabey it wont be that bad. cant win them all on ebay it seems.

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Re: my tech refuses to work on my malerne alto clarinet
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2022, 08:14:54 PM »
I don't see why any tech would REFUSE to touch something unless they physically can't perform some aspect of the repair. if its just padwork, then it's just like any other day in the office.
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Re: my tech refuses to work on my malerne alto clarinet
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2022, 12:26:58 PM »
he is 79 and dosnt seem to want to work anymore. the quality of his work has taken a turn for the worse lately also. sadly he is the only game in town. i spent 4 hrs today working on the marlane myself and have it playing. it still needs some work resetting some key heights to eliminate stuffy notes that arnt getting enough venting due to too close height in the key action. while this isnt the best alto i have played its not that bad and deserves to be put back in action.

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Re: my tech refuses to work on my malerne alto clarinet
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2022, 06:48:15 AM »
well another hr of work and the marlerne is playing like a champ! the key heights were way off making many notes stuffy and muffled. the horn was recently completly rebuilt but must have been by an apprentice and since it was a school horn-nobody cared, classic outcome for an alto clarinet sad to say. blame the insterment for being obsolete and poor desighn. for 125$ and zero spent on repairs (thanks to myself) i have a decent useable alto. this thing sure is mpc picky tho. of all the mpcs i have including top names-it likes the yamaha and the glotin of paris the best. the mpc supplied with it is just terrible. tone like a dying goose!

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Re: my tech refuses to work on my malerne alto clarinet
« Reply #4 on: Today at 11:36:11 AM »
I found an old Vito French hard rubber alto mouthpiece and it sounds excellent on my (Vito) alto.
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