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Offline kurth83

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Sticky thumb key, should I fix it myself?
« on: October 02, 2023, 09:21:12 AM »
So brand new to clarinet repair.  My thumb key is now sticky, after reading around I suspect the fix is to replace the thin leather strip with a teflon stick-on strip, aka this stuff:

https://www.dawkes.co.uk/ptfe-sheet-150mm-x-150mm-x-024mm-sheets/9486

Is there something easier like lubricating the cork/leather itself perhaps?

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Re: Sticky thumb key, should I fix it myself?
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2023, 11:39:06 AM »
If you're talking about the thumb ring, I would first see if there's any grime on that little strip first.
Then, unscrew the screw rod, clean it with alcohol, then add a bit of key oil. If that doesn't fix it, you can try wrapping that little leg with some cheap teflon plumber's tape.
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Re: Sticky thumb key, should I fix it myself?
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2023, 11:04:35 AM »
I tried putting some cork grease on the leather strip, that is working for now, I'll take it in when convenient for the teflon fix I think, but that should hold me for a while.  Thanks all!

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Re: Sticky thumb key, should I fix it myself?
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2023, 01:46:05 PM »
Greased (or oiled) leather should be very reliable. I soak a drop of oil into the leather. I use it a lot for sliding joints like that. Teflon is hard to stick on (!). The adhesive-backed Teflon I've seen isn't reliable on a curved surface. I expect it will be fine unless there is friction somewhere.
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Re: Sticky thumb key, should I fix it myself?
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2023, 10:12:35 PM »
Thanks for that, the greased leather pad is working fine, I can stick with it until it doesn't.

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Re: Sticky thumb key, should I fix it myself?
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2023, 06:48:51 AM »
Thanks for that, the greased leather pad is working fine, I can stick with it until it doesn't.

stick with it. heh
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Re: Sticky thumb key, should I fix it myself?
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2023, 06:49:42 AM »
Just remembered, something I've used in years past is suede, always seemed to work pretty well.
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