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2014-02-16 23:11
Once the soldering had been finished, it was then time to begin working on the keys one by one to ensure that they were working flawlessly.Here I am swedging the register key. I noticed that… Read More
2014-02-16 22:52
Occasionally a key is damaged to the point that it breaks. At this point it must be silver soldered back together in the event that the key cannot be replaced more easily or cheaply.Once the… Read More
2014-02-16 22:36
Once the mechanics of the instrument had been largely addressed it was then time to strip off all soft parts and prepare the instrument for cleaning.Here you can see the extent of the damage… Read More
2014-02-16 22:15
Once ensuring that keys were able to move relatively freely and all blatant mechanical problems had been assessed, it became prudent to align the entire mechanism prior to stripping off all… Read More
2014-02-16 21:58
Many times when repairing small metal parts you need to be able to hold a dent ball securely in a hard to reach area, or in an area where the parts are very sensitive and utmost control is d… Read More
2013-12-21 03:47
After we started the padding process (which will be continued in further detail later), we also began learning how to restore bent keys to full functionality. Sometimes you can see the bend… Read More
2013-12-21 03:32
At the beginning of class one morning we were asked to line up to get our project instruments. I was given this beauty:It was an 'Evette' plastic clarinet made by Buffet. I noticed some debr… Read More
2013-12-21 03:18
Studying at this school gives us the opportunity to see some very strange things that come in for repairs, or simply unusual contraptions that exist for the sake of being there. I've seen cl… Read More
2013-12-21 03:12
After learning the basics of key corking we then learned the basic technique of clarinet pad installation. This was taught in two phases: First to develop a feel for whether or not a pad is… Read More
2013-11-27 06:04
Many woodwind keys are accompanied by cork bumpers and spacers. Some are merely to quiet the mechanism, and others are to establish and maintain certain adjustments, or regulations. Cork is… Read More

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