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Long Neck Cork


2.9.2017

Repair Tip

As repairmen we always want to do things right. However, we are sometimes limited in what we can do by the guys that worked on the instrument before you.

The neck cork on this Selmer Mark VI tenor is way too long.  But since the guys in front of me that put the extra-long cork on the neck, I must do the same thing.

When he glued the cork on he also roughed up the neck under the cork. So not to show the bad neck scratches I had to put on a long cork.

Sometimes the guys in front of you might make different decisions on how things must work and then many times you are stuck with his decision.  Even if you don’t agree with that decision.

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Plasticover Reeds

I was asked if Plasticover Reeds are good for beginners.

The short answer is NO!  Plasticover reeds respond differently, have a different sound and can make playing the instrument more difficult,

Now having said that I play Plasticover reeds on both clarinet and baritone saxophone.  I am likely one of the few people on the planet that play Plasticover reeds on a clarinet but I produce a respectable tone and have good control with the reeds.

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Mel’s Diner

I had dinner last night at Mel’s Diner on Sunset.. it was fun… I had Goat Cheese and Turkey Sliders… It had a lot of green stuff on it… I usually don’t eat things that are green, first time I ever tried that…

8585 Sunset Blvd.

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Expanding

I am now expanding my repair shop in Torrance.  Got so busy I need more room to keep things straight.
I am doing saxophone mechanical overhauls and have many new exciting pads for better response and to prevent sticking.

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Clarinet Poster CL-204

Clarinet Poster CL-204
Now I know I  am going to hear from clarinet players… but having played the clarinet for over 60 years I believe I understand the beast.

It is called the “Mystery Stick”, “My Worst enemy” and it goes on and on.. The clarinet is likely the most difficult of all the woodwinds to play (I don’t care what the Oboe and Bassoon players say) it is really hard.

One day it is your friend and the next it is like it never heard of you!

So there are many times in my life I wanted to do this with my clarinet so I thought it would be nice to share it with the world.

Clarinet where it should be!

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Common clarinet repair mistakes: Article No. 1

Pad Cup

Common clarinet repair mistakes: Article No. 1

One of the most common mistakes made by many repairmen is they use a pad that is too large for the 1st finger left hand key under the throat A key.  This is the tone hole that allows the open G to speak and if the pad is too large the throat G will be stuffy.  This pad should be just big enough to cover the tone hole and not hang over the pad cup.

This is likely the only key you would like the pad and pad cup to be the same size.
The J. L Smith Valentino Master Series Pad – Tan/Cork – .110” pad is great for this key.  It is smooth and there is not fish skin to start to make the note stuffy.
Pad Cup