Fixing other repairman’s work…
I have had a rash of players having some other repairman overhaul their instruments and then bring them to me to make play right. They pay the other guy a lot of money and want me to make it work for little to nothing. As of today if I need to straighten out some other repairman’s overhaul .. it will be at my overhaul price.
Why me? Like I have heard all my life never volunteer for anything. I never learn… I agreed to play the E-Flat Clarinet in my wind ensemble… Why can’t I learn?
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Low C Key Bounce:
On many saxophones the G-Sharp and Low C keys tend to bounce. The reason for this many times is the spring placement. The spring is right near the rod of the key and this allows the key to bounce unless it has a lot of tension on the spring. Not enjoyable to play with this tension.
This photo shows the traditional placement for the Low C spring.
By making a slight grove further out on the key the bounce can be made less and still have a spring tension that is usable. It does not weaken the key and allows the response time of the Low C key to be improved. I also used a stainless steel spring to help with the bounce because they tend to bounce less.
This photo shows the spring placement.
Very easy fix……
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.
I am not sure if everyone knows I am still doing clarinet and saxophone repair. If you need any work please call me at: 818-985-9846. for an appointment……
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.
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.