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Albums 1 - 90 out of 90
A Stanley Hasty Album A Stanley Hasty Album
Some photos of Stanley Hasty
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Dr. Jeff Zachs Visits Meridian Winds Dr. Jeff Zachs Visits Meridian Winds
Professor of Phycology @ George Washington University
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NAPBIRT conference 2013 Portsmouth VA NAPBIRT conference 2013 Portsmouth VA
National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians
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Making a new bite plate for a vintage Berg Larsen Tenor mouthiece Making a new bite plate for a vintage Berg Larsen Tenor mouthiece
this was Sam's first outing performing this operation
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James Forger's recent saxophone recital James Forger's recent saxophone recital
Denisov, Scaramouche, Distances within me, Original latin compositions
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Kevin Schempf visits Meridian Winds Kevin Schempf visits Meridian Winds
On his way up to TC to get his boa in the water this weekend Kevin stopped by to viait the shop, although Kevin has done business with Meridian Winds for many years this was the first tme he has ever stopped in for a visit. Kevin is the Professor of Clarinet at Bowling Green State Universiy
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Wayne Tanabe Visits Meridian Winds Wayne Tanabe Visits Meridian Winds
a side trip from the ITG
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Photos of Fan Page 186916856227 Photos of Fan Page 186916856227
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NASA Conference Bowling Green University 3/2 - 3/3/13 NASA Conference Bowling Green University 3/2 - 3/3/13
North American Saxophone Aliance Meridian Winds display and friends
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Cracked Buffet 1193 Bass clarinet to low C Cracked Buffet 1193 Bass clarinet to low C
We are replacing the joint on this one and transfering the keys... if you can believe it,the student who was using this lost the neck socket ring and continued using it for several weeks before finally showing it to the director... Duh?
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Teflon on sax lower stack right hand F# Teflon on sax lower stack right hand F#
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Timeline Photos Timeline Photos
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Saturday 2/23 in the shop Saturday 2/23 in the shop
Busy day in the shop today with the Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands going on across the street
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Recent visitors to Meridian Winds Recent visitors to Meridian Winds
a few clients of "Note"
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U of M Bass sax Magnetic Dent Removal U of M Bass sax Magnetic Dent Removal
A quick turn around needed
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Saturday 1/26/13 Saturday 1/26/13
a few visitors to the shop
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More 2013 MMC photos More 2013 MMC photos
Friends who stopped by to say hello
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More 2013 MMC photos More 2013 MMC photos
Friends who stopped by to say hello
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2013 Michigan MMC Photos 2013 Michigan MMC Photos
Setting up the booth and friends who stopped by to say hello
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Untitled Album Untitled Album
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Untitled Album Untitled Album
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Custom Rosewood key risers for Caleb Ford's Yamaha 875EX alto Custom Rosewood key risers for Caleb Ford's Yamaha 875EX alto
When Caleb told me that he needed key risers on his alto I realized that I have never posted details regarding the instalation of custom key risers before so here goes....
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Updating a Pre-war Buffet clarinet Updating a Pre-war Buffet clarinet
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Chicago's saxophonist visits Meridian Winds Chicago's saxophonist visits Meridian Winds
Chicago's saxophonist visit's Meridian Winds
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Visitors to the shop 9/15/12 Visitors to the shop 9/15/12
Recent visitors to the shop 9/15/12
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Cover Photos Cover Photos
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Visitors to the shop 8/13 Visitors to the shop 8/13
Girl's day out at Meridian Winds
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Profile Pictures Profile Pictures
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Visitors @ Meridian Winds 8/8/12 Visitors @ Meridian Winds 8/8/12
lot's of saxophones
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Visitors to the shop 7/29/12 Visitors to the shop 7/29/12
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A few visitors to the shop the week of 7/13/12 A few visitors to the shop the week of 7/13/12
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Buffet 1183 Greenline Bass clarinet Buffet 1183 Greenline Bass clarinet
Linda Levandowski picked up her hew bass today
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A Revelation in rebuilding a Selmer Bass clarinet Socket A Revelation in rebuilding a Selmer Bass clarinet Socket
While building an Eb extension several weeks ago I decided to drill the tone hole into the wood before finishing the bore as doing so would eliminate any possible splintering in the bore frm drilling the tone hole after the bore is finished. While doing this I had a revelation that this technique could be employed in part while rebuilding sockets and in fact eliminate the need to ever use a socket jig again. I am posting a start to finish narated slide show detailing this proceedure. If you are a repair technician who performs this sort of repair, follow these steps and your life just got a little easier.
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Meridian Winds Clarinet Reconditioning Meridian Winds Clarinet Reconditioning
Meridian Winds now offers the option of having your instrument mechanincally reconditioned using Valentino Master Series pads
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Selmer MKVI Baritone saxophone traumatic experience Selmer MKVI Baritone saxophone traumatic experience
A local university student dropped this school owned Baritone sax and it landed on the left hand side C key. Very fortunately good reflexes caught it and the only damage was the badly bent key.
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Mike Rumbell Courtois Trombone Artist Mike Rumbell Courtois Trombone Artist
A recent change to playing exclusively on Courtois Trombones
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Adam Rongo's Recital 4/22/12 Adam Rongo's Recital 4/22/12
Adam Rongo's recital 4/22/12
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2012 NAPBIRT Conference 2012 NAPBIRT Conference
2012 Conference National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians
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Wayne State University 3/20/12 Wayne State University 3/20/12
My friend and long time client Don Platter (clarinetist extrordinaire) has been moonlighting the past few years since his retirement from Band Directing and is now an adjunct faculty member, clarinet instructor and teaching woodwind method classes @ WSU. Don invited me to present an instrument repair class which was presented to 15 students... judging from the applause at the end of the class I guess it went O.K. and they all recieved a copy of my repair handout for band directors and future band directors
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@ Bowling Green Univeristy 2/2/12 @ Bowling Green Univeristy 2/2/12
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MMC Grand Rapids Jan. 19th - 20th MMC Grand Rapids Jan. 19th - 20th
Meridian Winds is blessed to have a lot of wonderful friends and customers.. here are a few of the ones who stopped by our booth @ the MMC to say hello, we were busy in the booth this weekend and unfortunately were not able to take a pic of everyone ;-( ... also a few pics of the booth.
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Visitors to the shop 12/29 Visitors to the shop 12/29
Visitors to the shop
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Joe Lulloff / Meridian Winds 12/23 Joe Lulloff / Meridian Winds 12/23
Joe Lulloff @ Meridian Winds 12/23/11
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NAPBIRT Clinc in Lakewood OH NAPBIRT Clinc in Lakewood OH
When Sharon Marrell asked me to present a clinic on Magnetic Dent Removal @ a regional NAPBIRT clinic I told her as long as it was before Nov. 15th because both Gary and I would be deer hunting after that. So the clinic was presented on the 12th
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MKVI Selmer Alto with Low A Reconditioned @ Meridian Winds MKVI Selmer Alto with Low A Reconditioned @ Meridian Winds
Recently a woman came into the shop to rent a saxophone for her daughter. She told us that she already had a saxophone that she had played when she was in school but that she thought it might be too good for her daughter to start out using. We told her to bring it in so that we could take a look at it for her. Well low and behold when she came back with it, it was a MKVI alto with a low A key. I informed her as to what she had and of it's potential value. It was in pretty much mint condition except for the 40 year old pads. By this time she decided to have it rebuild as needed so that she could play it again and play along with her daugher. We explained to the many interested players who wanted to see it while we were reconditioning it for her that what it actually was is a Soprano Baritone saxophone.
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Recent visitors to the shop 11/5/11 Recent visitors to the shop 11/5/11
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Visitor to the shop 10/21/11 Visitor to the shop 10/21/11
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MSU Clarinet day 2011 MSU Clarinet day 2011
Photo's from MSU Clarinet day 2011
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Visitor to the shop 9/12/11 Visitor to the shop 9/12/11
Taimor Sullivan stopped by the shop on Monday afternoon to have his series III Alto tweaked up before his Monday evening concert @ MSU and his master class on Tuesday @ CMU... Taimor is curently Professor of Saophone @ the University of North Carolina and plays Bari in the Prisim Quartet. Taimor has been a freind and client for over 20 years since his days as a student @ MSU... He is married to Allison Sloan who was also a saxophone student and his girl friend during his days @ MSU, they have 2 children ages 4 and 6... Taimor was in the shop about a year ago when Prisim paid a visit during their last Michigan tour, it is always great to see him and to catch up...
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Visitors to the shop 9/10/11 Visitors to the shop 9/10/11
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Visitors to the shop 8/29/11 Visitors to the shop 8/29/11
Saxophonists in the shop on Saturday from U of m and Bowling Green... in the back row left is Joe Girard from Don Sintas studio, Joe is starting his Masters with Don this year after completing a Sax Performance degree and an Engineering degree both in 4 years @ U of M... in the front row right is Drew Sevel a senior Sax Performance degree student with John Sampen @ BGSU, earlier this summer I installed Roo pads with a full Neoprene / Teflon set up to Drews horn and he brougt it up for a check over along with 5 BG Tenors which Gary, Sam and I worked on while they waited, they only had to leave one , front row center is another saxophonist from BGSU but I am having a senior moment on his name.. sorry... Front row left is Joe Girards friend, a U of m cellist who just made the trip with him to get his sax repaired.
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Ferree's visit to Meridian Winds Ferree's visit to Meridian Winds
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Bugle Woodworking Bugle Woodworking
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Conn Cornet Restoration Conn Cornet Restoration
Restoration of Vintage Conn Coprion Bell cornet
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Visitors tothe shop 8/3/11 Visitors tothe shop 8/3/11
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Visitors to the shop 7/27/11 Visitors to the shop 7/27/11
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Recent Visitors to Meridian Winds and more Recent Visitors to Meridian Winds and more
Some recent visitors to Merdian Winds
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Visitors to the shop 6/22/11 Visitors to the shop 6/22/11
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Herb Beem's 80th Birthday Party Herb Beem's 80th Birthday Party
A few photo's of Herb's 80th birthday party...
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Rhonda Rhonda
Rhonda Buckley stopped by the shop this week. Rhonda has been a friend and a client for almost 30 years. I first met Rhonda when I was repairing instruments (her saxophone) in my shop that was located in the basement of my home on Raby Rd in 1982. Currently Rhonda is Dean of the MSU Community Music School. Rhonda took a 20+ year break from East Lansing after recieving her MM and relocated to Washington DC where she founded the Sitar Center which as it's premise also operates as a community cultural outreach. Rhonda's heart is in seeing young people get turned on to music. Recently she has been instrumental in launching the MSU Community Music School(CMS) LINKS (Lonely Instruments Need Kids) from the MSU Woodward Ave. Detroit facility. Meridian Winds has entered into a partnetship to donate repairs for all instruments donated to the CMS... so, drag out those unused band instruments from the closet and take them to Rhonda. After we make certain that they are in good playing condition she will find a deserving home for them.
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Unusual instruments in the shop Unusual instruments in the shop
This will be a new feature on Facebook that I will be posting photos of interesting instruments that come into the shop. This one was obtained from my friend Dell Sarlette, owner/technician of Sarlette's Music in the metropolis of Morris MN. Dell obtained it from a rural MN school. Here you see Meridian Winds Brass Specialist Dave Christensen holding a vintage Conn Mellophone that is evidently a prototype model in which they were experimenting with a Fiberglass bell like you would see on a sousaphone. I have been repairing instruments for 39 years and I have never seen one of these before so it is a pretty safe bet to tell you that this is a very rare bird. It is in great condition with original case also in nice condition in the key of F.
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Eliminating Clarinet Center Joint Wobble Eliminating Clarinet Center Joint Wobble
This instrument belongs to U of M Graduate student Annica Odom, it was annoying her that the center joint was wobbleing/rocking just enough that a precise bridge key adjustment was not possible. These photos detail the solution. A new cork would have only been a very temporary solution until it compressed and then the wobble would retrun. There is more than one reason why the center joint of a clarinet can become wobbly. On an older instrument it can be the result of normal wear. On a newer instrument it can be the result of a poor fit from the factory or a socket that had to be refit to keep swolen joints from sticking and then after the parts age and acclamate they do not fit correctly.
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Installing a Bb Trill key tone hole insert Installing a Bb Trill key tone hole insert
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Michigan Music Educators Conference Photos Michigan Music Educators Conference Photos
Photos of Grand Rapids, Hartland HS and Haslett HS displays
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Visitors to the shop between Christmas and New Years Visitors to the shop between Christmas and New Years
A few freinds dropped by during the holidays when I happened to have my camera at work and remembered that I had it. Thadeaus sent his wife in with his soprano so we have no picture of him to post.
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A saxophone most of you have never seen A saxophone most of you have never seen
Here are some photos of a saxophone that I just finished reconditioning and that most of you have never seen. This is an "Olds Super" alto. 2000 of them were made before WWII and Olds never tooled up again to resume production after the war. This was a hand made instrument of the same quality as the pre-war Olds Super trumpets and Trombones that are so highly prized by players and collectors and can be appreciated by the trained eye to be of absolute top qulaity. This instrument was nicknamed the "Flute Key" alto for good reason. The body is satin silver with bright silver ferrules, fittings, embossing and engraving.
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Bowling Green Buffet 1193 Bass clarinet Bowling Green Buffet 1193 Bass clarinet
The fit of the center joint tenon and socket on a Buffet 1193 Bass clarinet is on many instrument problematic. Over time the edge of the metal cap slowly but surely scrapes away at the wood of the socket and eventually the diameter of the socket is enlarged enough that the tenon, ie the upper joint, rocks in the socket. This situation is common on many clarinets in any key and if you have played or taught for any amount of time you are sure to have seen it. Rocking between the joints may be corrected for a short period of time by installing a new tenon cork, but as soon as it compresses the same problem returns. An instrument with this issue cannot be pulled at the center for tuning with out exacerbating the problem and a reliable bridge key adjustment cannot be maintained. Besides the exisitng problem of the poor tenon/socket fit. Kevin Schempf (Prof. Clarinet Bowling Green State University) wanted to always have the joint pulled approx. .100" for tuning and had been using an O-ring to achieve this. The following photos detail a method for correction of the problem/s and the concept/s used/shown may be applied to any woodwind instrument. All of the photos are explanation captioned for a clear/er understanding of the process.
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Meridian Winds Staff Meridian Winds Staff
This album features some pictures of and information on Meridian Winds staff. I am very blessed to work with such a dedicated and talented group of people.
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Me, Cliff and Pat Me, Cliff and Pat
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Donald Sintas Voicing Book @ Meridian Winds Donald Sintas Voicing Book @ Meridian Winds
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Carbonare  Clarrinetto II suono: arte e technica 100 excercises Carbonare Clarrinetto II suono: arte e technica 100 excercises
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Views of Shop changes Views of Shop changes
Needed bench space for Wes to call his own at the shop so we had to do some rearranging
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Friends of the Shop Friends of the Shop
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Spartan Band Donation Box Spartan Band Donation Box
Donation box made @ Meridian Winds for use by the Lansing Downtown Coaches Club
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Now that we are settled in to the shop Now that we are settled in to the shop
Now that we are settled in to the new shop and everything is pretty much in it's place and organized as much as possible (10 pounds of stuff in a 5 pound bag) here are some current (12/1/09) pics from around the shop.
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Current views of Meridian Winds Current views of Meridian Winds
We are pretty much all settled into the new shop, the managment company says we have 3200 square feet but it feels like 10 pounts of stuff in a 5 pound bag.
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An unusual trade in An unusual trade in
We advertise that we buy used instruments. You never know what will walk in the door. I just had to buy this one even though we don't do strings. It's a turn of the ce,ntury Harp Guitar. It had no strings on it when it came in and the neck was loose but David Ross worked a miracle on it
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Repairing a broken off piccolo headjoint tenon Repairing a broken off piccolo headjoint tenon
Here is a repair that I see fairly regularly- plastic piccolo headjoint sockets snapping off. This repair is most commonly seen in my shop I think on Yamaha P32 piccolo's, however, it is not unusual to see this happen on any brand. This one is an Emerson. Rather than order an expensive new body section and have to refit keys to a new part and re-pad the instrument, here is a repair that takes about an hour start to finish. In picture #1 you see the socket broken off and in the following photos you see the steps to rebuilding the instrument. Eric Satterlee
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Making and working with Clarinet Barrels Making and working with Clarinet Barrels
This series of photos and commentary is related to making a clarinet barrel, profiling a clarinet barrel, reaming the tapered bore of a clarinet barrel and related tooling to making and working with clarinet barrels.
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Making a Tenon  Sleeve Making a Tenon Sleeve
Sometimes when you put a clarinet / bass clarinet / oboe together and the upper section male tenon rocks in the lower section female socket replacing the cork cannot correct the problem. The reason that the joint is rocking around is that the tenon is or has become smaller than the socket. This could be the result of normal wear ondisassembled 1000's of times an older instrument after it has been assembled and disassembled 1000's of times, or if there is a metal cap on the tenon sometimes wear is accelerated, or, if the cork has been replaced by a person who was not paying attention the wood on each side of the cork may have been sanded away. Whatever the cause, if the joints are rocking there is also a big leak at the center joint and the bridge keys cannot be kept in adjustment. Very seldom will you ever see a Bb clarinet that needs a sleeve on the bell tenon, however, many older bass clarinets are also in need of a bell tenon sleeve. It's sad to report that many brand new wood bass clarinets from more than 1 manufacturer have a rocking issue at the center joint and are in need of a center tenon sleeve! On many older bass clarinets that have a cork on the neck and the neck wobbles in the socket a sleeve on the neck tenon is also the answer. Another issue on Bb/A clarinets that wobble at the center joint is that you cannot pull the joints for tuning because the rocking becomes accentuated. You may also have a mouthpiece that you like that wobbles in the socket, a sleeve is the answer. The cost of a sleeve can vary depending on the instrument and the installation from $20 to $60. Replacing the cork on a worn tenon is only a bandaid repair and within a few assemblies the ricking will return after the cork compresses.
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Making a Square clarinet barrel Making a Square clarinet barrel
Many players who have been into the shop or visited a trade display have seen and/or played one of my square clarinet barrels. Most players who try one like them but say they are just too RAD to play in public. The purpose of the square barrels is not to say that they are better than any other barrel, but to disperse the myths regarding the configuration of a clarinet barrel, the air is passing though it, and the length and bore are important, but the out side shape is pretty much a matter of personal preference. A square barrel with a Moennig bore plays the same as a round barrel of the same length and bore. Currently the only professional player with the balls to play on a square barrel regularly in public is Mike Jones and if you have ever heard him play ... wow on any barrel he would choose to use.
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Shortening a clarinet barrel Shortening a clarinet barrel
If your barrel is too short your instrument will play sharp and you need to pull out and then you need tuning rings. If your barrel is too long you will play flat and you can't push in. Sharp is better than flat because at least you have options, however, replacement barrels are expensive, and shortening a barrel is always a very viable option. The $20 cost of shortening a barrel is substantially less than buying a replacment.
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Making clarinet tuning rings Making clarinet tuning rings
Tuning rings are not generic. The best tuning rings are tuning rings made specifically for your clarinet. They should not easily fall out of the barrel and should not get stuck in the barrel and the bore should be the same as the bore at the top of your upper joint. The same should apply to center joint tuning rings except the bore should be the same as the bore at the bottom of the upper joint.
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Installing a Clarinet bore sleeve Installing a Clarinet bore sleeve
When an instrument is cracked through to the bore, previous attemts @ repair have failed and the owner desires to have the instrument repaired soemtimes the only option is to sleeve the bore
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Fabricating a new oboe Crown Fabricating a new oboe Crown
When a crack extends through a crown it must be replaced for longevity of any crack repair
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Buffet Clarinets Buffet Clarinets
Meridian Winds is one of the largest Buffet dealers in the midwest.
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MSU Clarinet Day 2009 MSU Clarinet Day 2009
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The New Shop The New Shop
Come in and take a look at the new shop!
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Getting the New Shop Ready Getting the New Shop Ready
Brass repairman Dave took on a great deal of the remodeling work. Be sure to check out the album "The New Shop"
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The Old Shop The Old Shop
We're really enjoying the extra room here at the new shop - some of you may remember the cramped conditions from the basement.
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